During the first 12 months of the program, you’ll complete the majority of the didactic curriculum. This includes courses at both Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) as well as Mayo Clinic. Mayo didactic curriculum is introduced using online learning modules and then applied during a hands-on laboratory session which takes place in the classroom on campus. During the hands-on, instructor-led sessions, you will demonstrate your knowledge of the neurodiagnostic procedures you are learning.
What you learn in the classroom is directly applied during the lab practice sessions. Hands-on practice sessions are in-person, and students apply the online learning material during instructor-facilitated sessions.
During the final 12 months of the program, you'll gain hands-on clinical experience in Mayo Clinic's neurodiagnostic labs and the Center for Sleep Medicine.
Clinical rotations are scheduled in several laboratories at Mayo Clinic. No off-site rotations are required as part of the program curriculum.
Hours and part-time employment
For the majority of the classroom instruction and clinical rotations, your learning schedule includes eight-hour days, five days a week. The polysomnography rotation at the Center for Sleep Medicine and the EEG rotation at the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit require some evening and night hours.
Part-time employment outside of the Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program is allowed. However, your work schedule should be arranged so that it does not interfere with assigned program responsibilities and clinical rotation hours. If employed at the Center for Sleep Medicine or the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, you cannot be paid if working during clinical rotation hours.
The Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program includes clinical rotations in the EEG, EMG (NCS and EPs) and autonomic laboratories, and the Center for Sleep Medicine. Each area has state-of-the-art electronic digital instrumentation for patient test recordings. During rotations in the EEG and EMG laboratories, you are exposed to the technical aspects of surgical monitoring in the operating room.
Mayo Clinic's Epilepsy Monitoring Unit provides computerized monitoring 24 hours a day for up to 24 patients.
Didactic coursework (months 1-12)
Fall semester: Year 1 (RCTC and Mayo), August to December
There are 13 total credits in the fall semester. Courses take place at Rochester Community and Technical College as well as Mayo Clinic.
|Course number||Course name||Credits|
|BIOL 1110||Human Biology||4|
|CHEM 1101||Elements of Chemistry||3|
|PHYS 1103||Principles of Physics||3|
|CNT 1101||Orientation to CNT||3|
Spring semester: Year 1 (RCTC and Mayo), January to May
There are 14 total credits in the spring semester. Courses take place at Rochester Community and Technical College as well as Mayo Clinic.
|Course number||Course name||Credits|
|BIOL 1216||Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System||2|
|PSYC 1611||Psychology of Adjustment OR PSYC 2618 General Psychology (4 credits)||3|
|CNT 1102||CNT Techniques EEG||2|
|CNT 1103||CNT Techniques NCS||2|
|CNT 1109||Professional Development I||1|
|CNT 2210||Neurophysiology Lecture Series Part I||1|
Summer semester: Year 1 (Mayo), May to August
There are 14 total credits in the summer semester. Courses take place at Mayo Clinic.
|Course number||Course names||Credits|
|CNT 1104||CNT Techniques EP||1|
|CNT 1105||CNT Techniques Autonomic||1|
|CNT 1106||CNT Techniques PSG||2|
|CNT 1110||CNT Instrumentation||2|
|CNT 1112||Applied Concepts I EEG||3|
|CNT 1113||Applied Concepts II NCS||3|
|CNT 1114||Orientation to the Clinical Laboratory/Professional Dev II||2|
Clinical rotations (months 13-24)
Clinical rotations take place at Mayo Clinic.
|Course number||Course name||Credits|
Neurophysiology Lecture Series Part II
Clinical Practice EEG I
Clinical Practice EEG II
Clinical Practice EEG III
Clinical Practice NCS I
Clinical Practice NCS II
Clinical Practice EP/NCS
Clinical Practice Autonomic
Clinical Practice PSG I
Clinical Practice PSG II
Clinical Practice Elective
Total semester credits for the program: 81
- Clinical hours: 64 hours = 1 semester credit.
- Courses and sequencing are subject to change.
The curriculum for the Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program is taught in cooperation with Rochester Community and Technical College. The program requires full-time attendance.
Grading, evaluation and program competencies
Grading and evaluation
Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses student evaluative tools that include:
- Online quizzes and examinations
- Online self-assessment exercises
- Lab and clinical activities
- Competency assessment and demonstration of skills
- Faculty reviews
Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.
A competency-based evaluation system is used to assess clinical performance.
Students in the Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program should successfully meet the following competencies:
- Know the practical applications of neurodiagnostic testing and know the principles underlying clinical neurophysiology technology, including structure and function of the nervous system, instrumentation, and neurological disorders diagnosed by neurophysiologic techniques
- Demonstrate knowledge of the modalities of clinical neurophysiology, including electroencephalography, nerve conduction studies, evoked potentials, autonomic testing and polysomnography at a level that will meet requirements for national registry examinations
- Acquire skills of self-directed learning so as to update knowledge of clinical neurophysiology after completing formal studies
- Acquire practical skills in electroencephalography, nerve conduction studies, evoked potentials, autonomic testing and polysomnography required to work as a competent clinical neurophysiology technologist and to succeed in national registry examinations
- Apply these skills to compassionate, safe and appropriate patient care
- Understand the use of quality improvement techniques to enhance the accuracy and appropriateness of clinical neurophysiology testing
- Understand the role of a clinical neurophysiology technologist as part of a clinical team providing comprehensive care for patients
Professional attitudes, behaviors and cultural competencies
- Commit to practice according to the ethical principles and legal requirements of the profession of clinical neurophysiology technology and the values of Mayo Clinic
- Demonstrate cultural competency and respect for diversity in all professional interactions
- Exhibit appropriate and professional skills of interpersonal communication with all patients and other members of the health care team
- Understand the responsibilities of all health care workers to contribute to enhancing the health and welfare of society
Graduation and certification
After successfully completing this program, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and an Associate of Applied Science degree from Rochester Community and Technical College.
Graduates are eligible to take professional certification examinations given by:
- The Nerve Conduction Association (AAET)
- American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM)
- ABRET Neurodiagnostic Credentialing and Accreditation
- Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT)
Mayo Clinic's Department of Neurology and the Center for Sleep Medicine require all technologists to pass at least one of the certifying examinations within two years of being hired.