Technical and Health Standards for Neurodiagnostic Technologist

Every student in the Neurodiagnostic Technologist certificate program must possess the ability to learn and perform the following competencies and skills with or without accommodations.

Motor

The student possesses sufficient motor capabilities to execute the movements and skills required to provide neurodiagnostic testing. These include, but not are not limited to:

  • Ability to adjust and position equipment and patients, which involves bending or stooping freely to floor level and reaching above the head.
  • Ability to move or position equipment and patients which involves lifting, carrying, pulling, and no weight lifting restrictions.
  • Have endurance to complete all required tasks during the assigned period of clinical practice in order to carry out the neurodiagnostic testing process in the context of patient care delivery.
  • Ambulate independently for the assigned period of clinical practice.
  • Coordination, speed, and agility to assist and safely guard (protect) patients with safe and proper body mechanics.

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Sensory

The student possesses the ability to obtain information in classroom or clinical settings through observations and other measures, including but not limited to:

  • Visual ability (corrected as necessary) to discriminate color changes, to see slight differences in shapes and objects, to read or set parameters on various equipment, and to interpret and assess the environment.
  • Visual ability (corrected as necessary) to recognize and interpret facial expressions and body language, and to identify normal and abnormal patterns of movement.
  • Observe patients at a distance or via television monitor.
  • Auditory ability (corrected as necessary) to recognize and respond to soft voices, auditory timers, equipment alarms, call bells, and to effectively use devices for measurement of blood pressure, breath sound, etc.
  • Tactile ability to palpate a pulse and to detect changes or abnormalities of surface texture, skin temperature, body contour, muscle tone, and joint movement.
  • Sufficient position, movement, and balance sensations to assist and safely guard (protect) patients who are ambulating, transferring, or performing other activities.

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Communication

  • Ability to read at a competency level that allows one to carry out the essential function of an assignment (examples: handwritten data, printed data, printed policy and procedure manuals).
  • Ability to effectively interpret and process information.
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently communicate (verbally and writing) with patient/families, healthcare professionals, and others within the community under stressful conditions.
  • Accurately elicit information from patients, family members/significant others, health team members, and/or faculty related to a patient’s medical history and current status necessary to adequately and effectively evaluate a patient’s condition.
  • Ability to access information and to communicate and document effectively via computer.
  • Ability to recognize, interpret, and respond to nonverbal behavior and others.

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Behavior

The student must be able to exercise good judgement and tolerate contact with a diverse population, including people of all ages, races, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, and medical or mental health problems. This also includes but is not limited to:

  • Ability to work with multiple clients and colleagues at the same time.
  • Ability to work with classmates, instructors, healthcare providers, patients, and others under stressful conditions, including but not limited to providing care to medically or emotionally unstable individuals, situations requiring rapid adaptions, CPR, or other emergency interventions.
  • Ability to foster and maintain cooperative and collegial relationships with classmates and instructors.

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Critical Thinking

The student possesses sufficient abilities in the areas of calculation, critical problem solving, reasoning, and judgment to be able to comprehend and process information within a reasonable time frame as determined by the faculty and the profession. The student must be able to prioritize, organize, and attend to tasks and responsibilities efficiently. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Ability to measure, collect, interpret, and analyze written, verbal, and observed data about patients.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, integrate information, and make decisions in a prompt and timely fashion.
  • Ability to apply the principles, indications, and contraindications for neurodiagnostic testing.
  • Ability to act safely and ethically in the college classroom and in clinical placements within the community.

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