CMEG Exam Eligibility Requirements
* The MEG Director may request a waiver for the degree requirement if they feel their technologist is well prepared
(1) A supervisor will be asked to verify required experience and may be directly contacted for verification.
(2) Use the MEG Documentation Form available on the website.
(3) Documentation forms will be randomly audited. Incorrect or incomplete information may delay or negative eligibility.
(4) The MEG Certification (CMEG) credential will be awarded to successful candidates for a five year period.
(5) Recertification will require 15 hours of documented continuing education. Educational activities may take the form of relevant lectures, workshops (up to 12 credits), journal reviews, case studies, record review (4 sessions with a physician equal 1 educational activity credit), authorship on journal article(s), writing special interest article(s) for a professional journal, presenting poster and/or platform presentations at professional society meetings (3 credits), and giving a lecture at departmental/lab meeting.
What is the MEG Technologist Certificate Program (CMEG)?
Course Goal: The Certificate Program in MEG consists of 12 self-directed computer-based video modules, reading assignments and quizzes culminating in a comprehensive proctored exam leading to the CMEG credential. The content of the modules and questions are composed by nationally recognized subject matter experts in MEG.
The final Certification Examination in MEG will be weighted in approximately the following manner:
Pre-Study Preparation 10%
MEG Instrumentation 40%
Performing the Study 30%
Post-Study Procedures 20%
The objectives include:
- establishing patient rapport and obtain relevant history from patient, family, caretakers, and patient's chart
- documenting allergies, sensitivities, neurological disorders, medical contraindications, and implanted devices
- providing a safe testing environment, and preventing risks of falling or injury
- applying electrodes appropriately, complying with infection control standards
- performing safety and quality control practices
- maintaining the MEG sensor
- relating steps in operational and instrumentation skills
- defining patient preparation and pre-test procedures
- identifying elements of the ACMEGS Guidelines
- demonstrating problem-solving, artifact recognition and troubleshooting skills
- listing steps in acquiring MEG data and evoked potential studies
- correlating neurophysiological data with clinical conditions
- identifying and document significant patient behavior and clinical events
- processing MEG data, co-registration, averaged data
- designing montages and applying filters
- recognizing benign variants, artifacts
- documenting and storing data appropriately
- complying with HIPAA and OSHA regulations
Important information about grading: You must pass all quizzes to gain access to the final proctored exam. The quizzes are "open book" so look for the precise answer. You are given three attempts on the quizzed but your only chance to make 100% is the first attempt. If a second attempt is needed to achieve 80% (passing score) you will be penalized 1/3 of the points for the questions right on the second attempt. If a third attempt is required, the penalty if 2/3 of the points for the question requiring a third attempt to achieve a correct answer. You must achieve 80% to pass each quiz and all quizzes must be passed before the final proctored exam is scheduled.
*The proctored final will take place at a university, college or Jr. college near you. You will need to contact Maggie Marsh-Nation to discuss the set up of the proctored exam. You may not know the exam proctor and you will need to bring a photo ID with you to the exam. You will be responsible for the fee to the proctor which is usually around $50.
Suggested additional reading:
Publication: Available on the ASET - The Neurodiagnostic Society website (free for members) - or through this link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24046968
Mason K. M., Ebersole S. M., Fujiwara H., Lowe, J. P., Bowyer, S. M. (2013) What you need to know to become a MEG technologist. Neurodiagn J. 2013 Sep;53(3):191-206. PMID: 24046968
Book: New and used available from Amazon.com -
Papanicolaou, A. C. (2009). Clinical magnetoencephalography and magnetic source imaging. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Required Reading: Download All 7 Guideline Documents from the American Clinical Magnetoencephalography Society