Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program

RCTC’s Clinical Neurophysiology Technology (CNT) program educates graduates to work under the supervision of physicians to perform tests that assist physicians in the diagnosis and evaluation of diseases of the brain, peripheral and autonomic nervous system and disorders of sleep and wakefulness. The technologist must be able to analyze data online making certain that it is viable and interpretable. Neurodiagnostic studies are performed in a laboratory, emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit, special monitoring units or at the patient’s bedside.

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Clinical Neurophysiology Technology AAS

RCTC’s Clinical Neurophysiology Technology (CNT) program educates graduates to work under the supervision of physicians to perform tests that assist physicians in the diagnosis and evaluation of diseases of the brain, peripheral and autonomic nervous system and disorders of sleep and wakefulness. The technologist must be able to analyze data online making certain that it is viable and interpretable. Neurodiagnostic studies are performed in a laboratory, emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit, special monitoring units or at the patient’s bedside.
The areas of study are electroencephalography, nerve conduction studies, polysomnography, autonomic testing and evoked potentials. Electroencephalography, spontaneous electrical activity of the brain recorded from the scalp, can determine changes in brain activity useful in diagnosing brain disorders. Nerve conduction studies, stimulus-induced responses recorded from peripheral nerves and muscles in the face, arms or legs, test to see how fast and how well the nerves send messages. Polysomnography, spontaneous activity recorded from the lungs, brain, muscle and heart, diagnosis and treats sleep-related disorders such as narcolepsy and sleep apnea. Autonomic testing measures involuntary nervous system function that controls blood pressure, heart rate, sweating and influence pain. Evoked potentials, stimulus induced responses from the sensory system, measures central nerve conduction time in disorders such as multiple sclerosis.

 

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Courtney ThoresonCourtney Thoreson, Program Advisor

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