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Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program (Minnesota)

How to Apply

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Before you apply

Prerequisites

To be eligible for the Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program, you must:

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on 4.0 scale
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent by start of program
  • Complete a job shadow. NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the job shadow requirement will be waived for the 2020-21 application cycle. We do encourage you to watch this career video to learn about the profession.
  • Be 18 years of age by start of the program
  • Be able to demonstrate above-average competency in computer skills
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Course requirements

In addition the items listed above, the following course work must be completed with a grade of a “C” or better.

Applicants with a high school diploma or equivalent will need the following:

  • Completed one semester of college-level English (ENGL 1117 at RCTC)
  • Completed one semester of college-level Communication Studies (COMM 1114 (preferred) or COMM 1130 at RCTC)
  • Placement into college-level Algebra

Applicants with a college degree or have completed some college courses will need the following:

  • Completed one semester of college-level English (ENGL 1117 at RCTC)
  • Completed one semester of college-level Communication Studies (COMM 1114 (preferred) or COMM 1130 at RCTC)
  • Completed one semester of college-level Algebra (MATH 0099 at RCTC or higher OR placement into college level Algebra

Competitive applicants

Students will be most competitive if they meet the following criteria:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • An ACT score of 21 or higher (It is recommended to provide your ACT score if you have taken the assessment)
  • Have an associate degree or higher
  • Previous patient care or customer service experience
  • Demonstrate genuine interest in the neurodiagnostic profession

Technical standards

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences accepts students who are highly qualified for its programs. To be considered for admittance, you should exhibit strong qualifications for the health profession you wish to pursue.

In addition to meeting general standards, the Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program requires the ability to perform the following essential functions and activities:

Visual

Visual ability sufficient for patient identification, assessment of equipment choices used in patient care, and observing waveform patterns, specifically possessing normal vision or corrected equivalent.

Examples include:

  • Read small, fine print in all environments, including low-light conditions for accurate patient identification
  • Differentiate basic colors and their hues in relation to distinguishing recording electrodes and attaching electrodes to color-coded equipment
  • Differentiate subtle variations in waveform patterns displayed on computer screen for an extended period of time

Hearing

Hearing abilities adequate to provide safe and efficient patient care and to effectively communicate with health care personnel.

Examples include:

  • Have an auditory capacity or comparable capacity to ensure patient identification (ability to hear patients state name and date of birth within noisy environments) is correctly performed according to institutional policy
  • Interact with health care faculty, patients and family in person and via the telephone
  • Identify and be alert to various equipment sounds such as alarms, emergency signals and instrumentation in noisy environments such as, but not limited to, emergency department and during a code situation
  • Discern when taking blood pressures and equipment sounds, and voices that may or may not be visually associated or accessible due to environmental conditions and constraints

Tactile

Tactile ability (sense of touch) for assessing patients to make proper site selection and correct equipment choices.

Examples include:

  • Locate veins and arteries, by palpation, in order to take manual blood pressure readings
  • Recognize patient's changing condition in regard to skin integrity and temperature

Motor skills and mobility

Possess both gross and fine motor skills necessary in providing safe and effective patient care.

Examples include:

  • Have full range of motion (ROM), allowing for gross movements within confined spaces such as bending, stooping, squatting and lifting, as well as moving and pushing up to 50 pounds
  • Possess stamina to tolerate sitting and standing for prolonged periods of time
  • Provide safe patient handling including lifts, slings and stands
  • Use fine motor skills, steady hand function and hand-eye coordination for accurate recording electrode placement and for correct and safe use of equipment; have dexterity of arms, hands, wrists and fingers (be able to grasp and pinch); and be able to perform repetitive movements
  • Properly and safely handle chemicals, sharp objects and equipment
  • Demonstrate the ability to fully utilize computer equipment for instructional curriculum and patient care activities

Communication

Possess written, verbal and comprehension English language skills for effective interaction between health care workers and patients in providing patient care.

Examples include:

  • Possess the skills necessary to effectively verbalize instructions and procedures (such as articulation, pronunciation and volume) when communicating with faculty, patients and family members
  • Have English language fluency to read and comprehend caregivers' written or electronic orders, and all related patient care procedures
  • Use correct written English to allow for proper completion of clinical documentation regarding patient care, and reading and written assignments as required in the curriculum

Interpersonal behavior and social skills

Possess the skill sets and ability to effectively communicate and interact in a nonjudgmental manner with patients, family, peers and other health care providers.

Examples include:

  • Communicate exchanges with peers and other health care workers in a mutually respectful manner
  • Establish good rapport with patients (such as greeting and explaining procedure) while recognizing the variances in emotional status
  • Show genuine empathy, understanding, interest and professionalism while interacting with patients
  • Have the ability to accept constructive criticism and modify behavior accordingly

Environment

Sensory and physical well-being that will allow an individual to tolerate occasional stress and disturbing conditions that may be present in a clinical setting.

Examples include:

  • Work with patients with immunodeficiencies and tolerate exposure to blood and bodily fluids
  • Tolerate sights such as open incisions and injuries or deformities
  • Have ability to acclimate to various noises, which may range from distractions to annoyances
  • Possess emotional strength and maturity to understand patient and family disturbances, death and dying
  • Function effectively (by completing the given task) in emergent and stressful situations while maintaining performance standards

Problem-solving and organizational skills

Command the ability to think critically, possess problem-solving and organizational skills necessary in providing quality patient care.

Examples include:

  • Understand the relationship between patient health status or condition and requested tests
  • Possess the skills necessary to acquire, measure, calculate, analyze, interpret and evaluate data to understand when to perform additional testing
  • Troubleshoot and adapt when necessary and evaluate data being collected for quality and accuracy
  • Possess the skills necessary to follow instructions and procedures with accuracy and precision and manage time, organize workload and meet deadlines
  • Understand additional resources available, where to locate them and how to use them

Ethics

Adhere to Mayo Clinic's mission, vision and value statements.

Examples include:

  • Recognize the importance of performing duties in accordance with policies and standard operating procedures
  • Accept the expectation of maintaining patient confidentiality, both from a legal standpoint and a humanitarian perspective
  • Understand the Patient Bill of Rights and perform care in a manner that exhibits respect, dignity and empathy for the patient and family members

Computer and technological skills

Possess the skill sets and capability to utilize electronic technology in the health care setting.

Examples include:

  • Understand basic computer functions, such as Windows applications, drop-down menus, pop-up boxes, data entry, printing and the ability to function in multiple screens simultaneously
  • Have the ability to learn and understand the software technology utilized in the health care setting
  • Possess basic troubleshooting skills and recognize resources available to assist

Transfer student policy

Transfer students must submit a Minnesota college admission form, an official transcript of high school credits and official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. Generally, courses from other colleges in which you have earned at least a grade of C are accepted if those courses fit the program curriculum.

Rochester Community and Technical College makes the final decision regarding which general education courses may be transferred to the Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program.

In addition, transfer students are required to complete a minimum of 20 credits on the Rochester Community and Technical College campus in order to receive the Associate in Applied Science degree in Clinical Neurophysiology Technology.

See the Rochester Community and Technical College website for information on advanced placement and credits for experiential learning.

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

See the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences non-U.S. citizen applicants policy.

Application process

Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences between Nov. 1 and Feb. 1 of the year you wish to begin classes. Admission status notification is mailed in early April. The program begins in August each year.

Students who have completed the application and have all the required supplemental items (referenced below) submitted by Jan. 15, will be guaranteed an interview.

Application windowProgram start dateApply
Nov. 1-Feb. 1 August Online application

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
    • Select - Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    • Select – Clinical Neurophysiology Technology Program
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section 
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section 

Additional required items

  • Complete the essay questions in 500 words or less and upload to the Supplemental Items section.
  • Upload unofficial transcripts from all educational institutions you attended after high school, including all college and university credits and grades from your most recent quarter or semester. If no college courses have been taken, a high school transcript is required. If admitted, official copies of transcripts will be required prior to start of program.
  • Upload results of college placement assessment (Accuplacer, Aleks, etc.) or ACT scores in the Supplemental Items section.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to complete a rating form and upload a letter. Friends or family are not accepted.
    • Academic: Choose a person familiar with your education qualifications and your potential for success in the field of Neurodiagnostic Technology. References may include current or former teachers or professors.
    • Professional: Choose a person familiar with your professional qualifications and your potential success in the field of Neurodiagnostic Technology. References may include employers or supervisors.

Interview process

Some applicants will be invited to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty.

Acceptance

Acceptance letters are mailed in early April. If you receive an acceptance letter, your reply is expected within 10 days.

Your acceptance to the program is dependent upon review of the Rochester Community and Technical College Accuplacer scores, successful completion of the program prerequisites, and compliance with the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy.

Apply to Rochester Community and Technical College

Once you are accepted into the program, you must also apply for admission to Rochester Community and Technical College.