Clinical affiliates have the responsibility to supervise, proctor examinations, and evaluate students in the clinical aspects of Electroneurodiagnostic Technology. The contribution to the student's education will include, but is not limited to, checking measurements for accuracy, electrode placement and security, critiquing students in the technical aspects of recording, reviewing END studies, and completing student evaluation forms. Clinical affiliates provide students with 1:1 ratio (technologist/student) with board certified technologists, and Neurologists, where they can observe, perform studies, and discuss their strengths and weaknesses.
This clinical practicum portion of the program provides ongoing clinical experience and allows students to demonstrate clinical competency in performing electroneurodiagnostic testing procedures. Students work 1:1 with a registered technologist, at a local approved clinical site and will be assessed daily on clinical competencies and attendance.
During the first semester, students will begin a two-day a week (15 total clock hours, a week ) clinical training program at a local hospital or neurology laboratory (clinical affiliate). The clinical affiliate will be responsible for the clinical supervision of the student. The facility staff will provide formative and summative feedback concerning the development of clinical skills and a foundation for subsequent clinical training.
At the completion of program students will be able to accurately perform a variety of electroneurodiagnostic procedures on patients of different ages, diagnosis and levels of cooperation. The evaluation of clinical competencies is progressive in that students begin being evaluated on simple fundamental skills and progress to more complex skills, patients and procedures as they advance through the program. Evaluation forms were developed so that student grades will improve over the course of each semester as their skills, accuracy and knowledge improve.