ABRET announces a new skill assessment available in Fall 2019 to prepare for a new EEG eligibility pathway. The new pathway will open in 2020 and will be called the Practice Track. This EEG Eligibility Pathway will recognize and value work experience. The Practice Track will accommodate candidates who may not have attended a neurodiagnostic training program but have at least four years of experience in clinical EEG.
This track was created to give working technologists the opportunity to take boards, to keep technologists in the field by recognizing their experience, and to support the workforce. A skill-based assessment of measurement for electrode placement will be a pre-requisite for the new pathway. This pathway and skill assessment are being added based on concerns expressed by technologists in the field and the ABRET Board of Directors.
The skill-based assessment will establish the ability of technologists to measure accurately prior to being awarded credentials. The expectations for safe and effective performance of this task are outlined in the 2018 EEG Practice Analysis, Domain II, T-1, and T-5. This will be an evaluation of 10/20 measuring skills, not electrode placement. Once passed, the candidate will have two years to pass the R. EEG T. examination before needing to re-take the Measurement Assessment.
The candidate is expected to completely measure the (Sam) mannequin head according to the International 10-20 System of Electrode Placement within 30 minutes, and obtain electrode placement measurement values with symmetry of homologous and corresponding areas within 1cm.