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Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Overview

Clinical Neurophysiology Technology

Career/Program Overview

The Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program at Mayo Clinic offers training to prepare competent entry-level neurodiagnostic technologists.  Professionals in this health sciences field perform tests that assist physicians in the diagnosis and evaluation of diseases of the brain, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems, and disorders of sleep using sophisticated electronic testing equipment. Neurodiagnostic technologists interact with patients who range in age from newborns to the elderly.

Specifically this program prepares graduates to perform the following neurodiagnostic procedures:  Electroencephalography (EEG) recording electrical activity of the brain; Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) recording electrical activity of nerves and muscles; Evoked Potentials (EP) measuring the central nervous system response to sensory stimuli; Polysomnography (PSG) monitoring physiological activity during sleep and Autonomic Testing which is the measuring of involuntary nervous system function.


During the first nine months of the two year program students attend classes at RCTC and Mayo.  During the final 15 months, students gain hands-on clinical experience in Mayo’s Division of Clinical Neurophysiology and the Center for Sleep Medicine.  Clinical rotations are scheduled in each laboratory.

Program/Degree Options

This program is jointly offered by RCTC and Mayo Clinic.  Applications can be obtained from Mayo School of Health Sciences at http://www.mayo.edu/mshs/cnt-cnt.html.

Students are admitted through the Mayo School of Health Sciences.

The Clinical Neurophysiology Technology program is an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree that consists of 81 credits and is 24-months in length.  Upon completion of the degree, Mayo will also award a Certificate of Completion.  Graduates are eligible to take professional certification examinations given by the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET), American Association of Electrodiagnostic Technologists (AAET), American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM)) and the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT).  Students are required to take EEG examination Part 1 prior to graduation.

Program Start Date(s)

General course work can be started any semester.  In order to complete the program in 24 months, students must start the CNT program and related coursework fall semester

Career Opportunities/Information

Career opportunities for neurodiagnostic technologists are excellent. Graduates are employed in hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, epilepsy monitoring units, sleep disorder centers, research institutions and the medical instrument industry.
Median annual starting salary for a full-time technologist is $45,000. Salary is dependent upon location and employer.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The CNT program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Education in Neurodiagnostic Technology and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations

Additional Information

Program Website: http://www.mayo.edu/mshs/cnt-cnt.html
Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact

Last Updated: October 7, 2014

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