How to Become an EEG Technologist

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Got the drive, time, and dedication to become an EEG Technologist? Here are some concrete next steps toward jump-starting your EEG career in the United States.

What do EEG Technologists Do?

In a recent article of ours, “EEG Neurodiagnostic Technologist Salary,” we outline this in the context of what affects average EEG Tech salaries.

They require a different set of skills than careers in other forms of medical technology. EEG Technologists operate EEGs—devices that detect brain waves by monitoring the electrical activity of one’s brain. Techs help set up these devices on patients, as well as brief them on the specifics of EEG scans, and walk them through the process.

It’s important to know more about what kind of salary you might expect before deciding to become an EEG Tech. This is important in regard to financially supporting yourself and your family, and to paying off tuition if you decide to enroll in EEG Tech training programs.

Get the Necessary Experience

As we mentioned earlier, a key basic requirement for becoming an EEG Technologist is obtaining a high school diploma or GED. 

According to, “[s]tudents interested in pursuing this career should focus on classes such as biology, chemistry, math, and English.” Psychology and sociology classes can also help build skills that help working with patients.

Sign Up for EEG Tech / Neurodiagnostic Technology (NDT) Programs

Numerous universities and trade schools offer EEG Technologist training programs, for example at Northeastern University, Gateway Community College, and Labouré College of Healthcare.

For a more expanded list of EEG Tech training and certification programs, check out this list of neurodiagnostic technologist schools.

Another excellent resource for any aspiring EEG technologist would be ASET. The ASET Foundation offers scholarships and grants along with educational resources to help students learn.

Tuition rates for these programs are an important factor to consider when choosing which EEG Technologist programs you’d like to apply to, especially as you begin to get an estimate of what your EEG Tech salary might look like after graduation. 

For example, Mayo Clinic’s program grants all students a full scholarship, whereas the University of North Carolina program is about $18,000 per semester. 

Hopefully you now have a basic understanding of what EEGs do and what the first steps toward becoming one are. If you’d like to learn more about the career, check out the other blogs on our site!

Check back later to see more information on the next steps you can take to become an EEG technologist.

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By Nicole Collins