Cleveland Clinic’s School of Epilepsy Technology has been designed to provide both didactic and clinical training for those interested in becoming a registered electroencephalogram (EEG) technologist. An electroencephalogram (EEG) finds changes in brain activity which is valuable in diagnosing and treating brain disorders, like epilepsy and other seizure disorders.
Over the course of 12 months, School of Epilepsy Technology enrollees receive on-the-job training from Cleveland Clinic epileptologists and registered EEG technologists. Throughout the duration of the program, participants are employed by Cleveland Clinic, and are provided with knowledge and hands-on clinical experience to prepare for the ABRET Registered EEG Technologist exam. Training takes place in multiple clinical settings, including medical/surgical inpatient units, intensive care units (ICU), Adult Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, and outpatient EEG lab. Completion of training and certification may lead to a full-time EEG technologist position with Cleveland Clinic.
Becoming a registered EEG technologist is only the first step in a long-term career in the epilepsy technologist field. Career advancement can include becoming an EEG reader, magnetoencephalography (MEG) technologist, intra-operative monitoring technologist, and trainer of future EEG technologists.
Cleveland Clinic’s School of Epilepsy Technology training program consists of an introduction to the electro-neurodiagnostic field, overview of the brain, the role of the technologist and training on the diagnostic procedures used to monitor a patient’s brain and nervous system.
The full program curriculum includes training on:
- Patients and EEG Monitoring.
- Principles of Electrical Safety.
- Electronics & Instrumentation.
- Adult Normal EEG/Brain Waves.
- Pediatric Normal EEG.
- Neonatal Normal EEG.
- Abnormal EEG.
- Pediatrics Abnormal EEG.
- Neonatal Abnormal EEG.
- Modifying EEG.
- ECI Recording.
- Seizure Syndromes.
- Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures.
- EEG in Epilepsy.
- Treating and managing Epilepsy.
- Normal EEG - Normal Variants.
- Classifying EEG.
- Polysomnography Class.
- EKG Basics.
- Using Persyst/Quantitative EEG.
- The Basics of Invasive Monitoring Techniques.
- IOM Tech Perspective Lecture.
How to Apply
The following criteria are used to determine eligibility into the program:
- High School Diploma or GED.
- Knowledge of physical and biological sciences normally attained through high school course work with emphasis in those areas.
- Knowledge of medical terminology preferred.
- Must be able to work in a dynamic ever-changing environment and take appropriate action.
Applicants to the program must have the following qualifications:
- Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required or obtained within one month of hire.
- Minimum six months direct patient care experience (one-year post-secondary education may substitute for experience).
Cleveland Clinic School of Epilepsy Technology is supported by the Epilepsy Center and is an ABRET-recognized training program. Throughout the duration of the program, participants are employed by Cleveland Clinic. If you are interested in the School of Epilepsy Technology, click the link below to apply for the CC EEG Technician Trainee/Apprenticeship Position.