Anna M. Bonner, B.A., R. EEG T., RPSGT; Maureen Carroll, BS, R. EEG/EP T., RPSGT, CNIM, FASET; & Linda Kelly, MS, R. EEG/EP T., CNCT, R.NCS.T., FASET, CSSGB
The theme for this quarter’s Special Interest Section articles is ‘Back to school.’ We asked Interest Section Leaders to write about what they do to improve patient education, education in our field/mentoring, and how they are improving themselves through education. In line with the same theme, this quarter’s Tech Tips will teach you how to use your credentials in Neurodiagnostic Technology (NDT) to achieve a college degree and advance your professional standing.
Continuing your education has been shown to improve patient care and outcomes. Therefore ASET strives to provide you with new solutions and opportunities to elevate your professional standing and advance in your career ladder. Benefits related to personal and professional development (according to CollegeBoard.org, 2019) include:
- Individuals with higher education levels earn more, pay more taxes, and are more likely than others to be employed.
- Median earnings increase with the level of education.
- A college education increases the chance that adults will move up the socioeconomic ladder.
- Having a college degree is associated with a healthier lifestyle, potentially reducing health care costs.
- Adults with higher education levels are more active citizens than others and are more involved in their children’s activities.
Similarly, the U.S. Department of Education published a fact sheet titled, A College Degree: Surest Pathway to Expanded Opportunity, Success for American Students, which touts that the pursuit of “…high-quality postsecondary education is one of the most important investments a student can make and is the surest path to the middle class in our country.” Like many other fields in allied healthcare, ASET promotes a similar model to help you advance your career from a profession-specific education (such as the ASET Core Curriculum) to earning NDT-related Credentials. This can now boost your efforts toward earning an associate’s degree and advancing toward a bachelor’s or even a master’s degree or Ph.D.
There are a growing number of colleges awarding credits for professional credentials and a growing number of individuals and groups using the ASET Core Curriculum to meet their ABRET exam preparation needs. You may need as little as 21–30 credits — only 7–10 courses — to earn an associate’s degree. Some colleges offer a bachelor-level or even a master’s degree track, while others accept additional credits for multiple credentials. All courses from colleges listed below are offered online, and if you’ve already completed some college courses, you might have even more transferable credit.
Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to earn your college degree. Classwork will become an enjoyable habit, and soon you will be like a growing number of your colleagues, whose efforts are elevating the Neurodiagnostic profession!
Charter Oak State College: Connecticut’s public, fully online college offers college-level credit for the ABRET credentials: R. E.P. T.®, R EEG T.®, and CNIM®. Get credit for what you know and save time and money by using Charter Oak’s Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Undergraduate students can receive an unlimited number of credits for prior learning, and graduate students may receive up to 6 credits toward a Master of Science degree.
- Registered Evoked Potential Technologist – R. EPT.®
- Registered Electroencephalographic Technologist – R. EEG T.®
- Certification Examination in Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring – CNIM®
Applicants with valid credentials will be considered for credit recommendations. For more information about using your NDT credentials toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at Charter Oak State College, call Admissions at 860.515.3701 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Delaware Country Community College & Widener University: Crozer-Chester Medical Center School of Clinical Neurophysiology was founded in 1973. Crozer accepts ABRET’s R. EEG T.® credential for college credit. The degree path includes an associate’s degree option through Delaware Community College.
Do you have more than one credential? There are bachelor’s and master’s degree options through an articulation agreement for 51 credits (for two credentials) between Crozer-Chester and Widener University.
To learn more, visit the program’s website at School of Clinical Neurophysiology’s Neurodiagnostic Technology Program or contact Program Director, Vicki Sexton, BS, R. EEG/EP T., R.NCS.T., CNCT, CLTM, FASET at 610.447.2915 or Vicki.Sexton@crozer.org to learn more.
Michigan Colleges Online (MCO): MCO connects the teaching and student support capacity of all community colleges in Michigan so that students can access other affordable, high-quality courses outside of their own home program. Several colleges within the Michigan Consortium offer the credit for credentials benefit. Through MCO, the MiRIS EEG Program is an online program offered by Lansing Community College, Kellogg Community College, and Mid-Michigan College. It is a year-long program with a total of 30 credits required for graduation. Credit for your credentials can reduce your course load as well as save you money! To learn more about the program, contact Kimberly Patterson, R. EEG T. (Kimberly.email@example.com or 517.862.8344) or Amy Lee, Ed.D., R.T. (R)(M.R.) Director of Collaborative Programs/MiRIS Director (firstname.lastname@example.org or 269.830.7662).
- Lansing Community College offers a certificate or associate’s degree in NDT in as little as 12 months. To learn more about the Neurodiagnostic Technology Program or application process, including admission requirements, visit the Advising Guide & Application or call 517.483.1410 for more information.
- Kellogg Community College offers an associate’s degree in NDT. Students complete courses online, and clinical rotations are arranged through the MiRIS Consortium. To learn more, visit the Program website or contact Chris VandenBerg at email@example.com or call 269.660.2303.
- Mid-Michigan College offers an associate’s degree in NDT, and the full program can be completed in just five semesters. For more information, visit the Program website or contact LouAnn Goodwin, M.Ed, R.T, (R)(C.T.)(M.R.) at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 989.386.6646
Siena Heights University offers a degree in NDT, where you can complete your accelerated bachelor’s degree ONLINE! No clinical coursework is required. You can save thousands of dollars transferring up to 90 credit hours, which may be awarded for completing a hospital program, military training, an associate’s degree, work experience, as well as for advanced NDT-related credentials such as R. E.P. T., CNIM, CLTM, and many more! Most students complete their degree in as few as TEN classes while adding a minor in a subject such as Health Care Management to set you apart from others.
University of Holy Cross: Students can choose either the Bachelor of Science or Associate of Science degree track. The bachelor’s degree is recommended for individuals who wish to prepare for supervisory positions or who are considering continuing onto graduate studies. The department also offers a completion degree (B.S. in Health Sciences for EEG Technologists) for EEG technologists who have completed professional training but wish to return to school to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
To learn more, visit the program’s website at UHC Neurodiagnostic Technology or contact Barbara Wizer, M.D. at 504.394.7744
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
The ASET Education Office receives common questions related to the credentials for the college credits program. Below are the top FAQs received:
1. What is the fastest way to complete my degree?
This question usually requires some follow up questions to guide you in the right direction. Generally, the programs listed on our website can take between one to two years to complete an associate’s degree and longer for the more advanced degrees. Those who may have previous college credits can generally complete their degree quicker. We encourage everyone to contact the programs on the list to inquire about transfer credits, in addition to the credit for the credential program.
2. Can I receive additional credits if I have multiple credentials?
Yes! Some of the schools will give you more credits if you have more than one credential. This varies by school.
3. Can I complete my degree online?
Yes, the programs listed offer both traditional and online options.
4. Which program is the best?
We don’t endorse any of the programs. Instead, we encourage you to contact all of the schools and ask about the programs to find the one that is the best fit. There is no one size fits all when it comes to education, so taking the time to do a little research and determine the program that allows you to achieve your goals will be something that will be worth the time invested in the long run.
OTHER AVAILABLE RESOURCES FROM ASET
Are you or your staff preparing for your board exams and looking for a well-established educational plan to achieve success on the board exams so you can apply for college credits? The Tech Tips article, Neurodiagnostic Educators in A Successful Education Model for The Clinical Setting, was published in the Winter 2018 Edition of the ASET newsletter to promote the educator’s role and explain how the ASET EEG Core Curriculum can guide learning for individuals or groups in hospital-based training models.