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Electroneurophysiology (ENP) Technologist

Electroneurophysiology (ENP) technologists use sensitive electronic diagnostic equipment to record and evaluate the electrical activity of patients' central and peripheral nervous systems to assist physicians in diagnosing diseases, injuries and abnormalities.

  • Avg. Salary $62,914.00
  • Avg. Wage $36.60
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
Also Known As

Electroencephalography (EEG) Technologist, Health Care Technologist, Medical Technologist

NOC & Interest Codes
The Electroneurophysiology (ENP) Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Electroencephalographic Technologists
NOC code: 3218.1
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working with diagnostic equipment such as electroencephalographs and evoked potential equipment; and in checking, calibrating and performing routine maintenance to diagnostic equipment

METHODICAL

Interest in compiling data by taking notes on the recorded graph to identify interference such as poor electrode contact or patient movement; in preparing recordings for interpretation by neurologists; and in attaching diagnostic equipment to patients and ensuring patients' comfort and safety

innovative

Interest in speaking with patients to prepare them for procedures; and in assessing nature of problem to determine processes and tests required

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 08, 2016

Electroneurophysiology (ENP) technologists use specialized diagnostic equipment to record and evaluate the electrical activity of the brain and nerves and electrical activity resulting from stimulation of sensory and motor pathways. ENP technologists may be called upon to monitor seizure states in a patient with epilepsy; they may perform nerve conduction tests; or they may assist in the operating room by monitoring the patient's nerve response to the surgical manipulation being performed.

Duties and responsibilities vary from one position to another but, in general, ENP technologists:

  • prepare patients for neurodiagnostic testing by explaining the procedure
  • obtain medical history information pertinent to the interpretation of test results
  • screen patients for contraindications to the procedure
  • apply electrodes to predetermined, measured locations on the patient's head or other parts of the body
  • operate neurodiagnostic testing equipment
  • provide care and assistance to patients during procedures
  • ensure they safety of patients, staff and the public during procedures
  • prepare test results for interpretation by physicians
  • maintain equipment and troubleshoot technical problems
  • facilitate communication among health care professionals (for example, biomedical engineering staff, physicians, nurses and unit clerks)
  • keep records and compile research data.

Experienced technologists also may assist in training ENP students.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 08, 2016

ENP technologists may work shifts or work standard weekday hours and be on call evenings and weekends. They spend much of their working time on their feet and may be required to do some bending and lifting to help very ill patients. In some circumstances, they may be required to move equipment on portable carts to patients' bedsides in wards, intensive care units or operating rooms

ENP technologists must follow standard security, electrical safety and infection prevention and control procedures and regulations.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 08, 2016

ENP technologists need the following characteristics:

  • maturity and emotional stability
  • responsibility and integrity
  • the ability to communicate understanding and reassurance to patients who may be afraid
  • the ability to pay close attention to details
  • good organizational skills
  • good problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • the ability to work with little direct supervision and to work well both alone and in a team environment.

They should enjoy using computers and electronic equipment to perform tasks requiring precision, having clear guidelines for their work and dealing with people.

Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 08, 2016

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Burnaby, British Columbia offers a two-year electrophysiology diploma program that begins in September of every second year. The program combines classroom teaching with practicum experience. The entrance requirement is a high school diploma or equivalent with courses in algebra, physics and chemistry.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 08, 2016

Electroneurophysiology Technologist

Electroneurophysiology technologists use sensitive electronic diagnostic equipment to record and evaluate the electrical activity of patients' central and peripheral nervous systems to assist physicians in diagnosing diseases, injuries and abnormalities.

Legislation

Under Alberta's Health Professions Act and Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists Profession Regulation, registration with the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists is mandatory if you meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public, teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession, or supervise registered members who provide services to the public. Registered members who are authorized by the College provide restricted activities specified in the Regulation. Only registered members may call themselves an electroencephalograph (EEG) technologist or electroneurophysiology technologist.

Education

Registration requires successful completion of: (1) an approved program of studies and (2) an approved examination. Applicants who have been out of practice for a period of time also may have to demonstrate that they are currently competent to practice. For official, detailed information about registration requirements, visit the ACMDTT website or contact the ACMDTT Registrar.

Working in Alberta

Electroneurophysiology technologists who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered electroneurophysiology technologists in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

To find more information on the certification process for internationally educated electroneurophysiology technologists, see Electroneurophysiology Technologist Registration Process.

Contact Details

Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists
#800, 4445 Calgary Trail
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada  T6H 5R7
Phone number: 780-487-6130
Toll-free phone number: 1-800-282-2165
Fax number: 780-432-9106
Website: www.acmdtt.com

 

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 08, 2016

Electroneurophysiology technologists are employed in:

  • acute care hospitals
  • private clinics
  • research labs
  • specialized facilities such as epilepsy and sleep centres.

Registered ENP technologists may specialize in work such as monitoring brain function or spinal cord integrity during surgery (intraoperative monitoring) or recording physiological data while the patient is asleep (polysomnography).

ENP technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 3217: Cardiology Technologists and Electrophysiological Diagnostic Technologists, n.e.c. In Alberta, 98% of people employed in this classification work in the Health Care and Social Assistance (PDF) industry.

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 08, 2016

For information about current collective agreements in the public and not-for-profit sectors, see the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website.

Electroneurophysiology (ENP) technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 3217: Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.

According to the 2015 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. occupational group earned on average from $30.64 to $40.07 an hour. The overall average wage was $36.60 an hour. For more information, see the Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. wage profile.

Related High School Subjects
  • Science
    • Biology
    • Physics
  • Health, Recreation and Human Services
    • Health Care Services
    • Human and Social Services
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Health Care and Medical Sciences
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 08, 2016

Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT) website: www.acmdtt.com

Canadian Board of Registration of Electroencephalograph Technologists (CBRET Inc.) website: www.cbret.org

American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET) website: www.abret.org

Alberta Health Services website: www.albertahealthservices.ca

British Columbia Institute of Technology website: www.bcit.ca

Association of Electromyography Technologists of Canada (AETC) website: www.aetc.ca

Canadian Association of Electroneurophysiology Technologists (CAET) website: www.caet.org

Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website: www.hsaa.ca

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Apr 09, 2014. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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