New Transfer Opportunity for Health Sciences Grads
RALEIGH, N.C. (June 15, 2022) – In a special online ceremony, Wake Tech signed a new articulation agreement with Baptist Health Sciences University in Memphis, Tennessee, that allows Wake Tech students to transfer up to 53 hours of electroneurodiagnostic technology program credits toward BHSU’s corresponding bachelor’s degree program.
"Baptist Health Sciences University is excited to collaborate with Wake Technical Community College to offer students advanced neurodiagnostic technology education and opportunities," said Dr. Maggie Marsh-Nation, program chair of neurodiagnostic technology at BHSU. "The neurodiagnostic technology field is experiencing substantial job growth, and these positions are in demand across the country. We are honored to help educate future leaders in this field and help expand their career opportunities."
The Bachelor of Health Science degree in neurodiagnostic technology, also known as NDT, is a unique offering. Most programs offer an associate degree in neurodiagnostic technology, but not a bachelor's degree.
"Wake Tech is pleased to offer this opportunity to students in our electroneurodiagnostic program who want to continue their education after graduating with an associate degree," said Wake Tech President Dr. Scott Ralls. "Baptist Health Sciences University has an excellent reputation in the health care community, and this advanced degree will present our graduates with additional opportunities to 'ladder up' in their careers."
Neurodiagnostic technologists record electronic activity from the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves prior to procedures. NDT professionals also record medical histories and electrical potentials, calculate results and maintain equipment. Neurodiagnostic technologists with an associate degree can perform routine electroencephalogram recordings, polysomnography, nerve conduction studies and clinical evoked potentials.
NDT graduates with bachelor's degrees have courses in new technologies, such as magnetoencephalography, long-term monitoring for epilepsy in preparation for epilepsy surgery, neuropsychology, neuroimaging, autonomic testing and the advanced sciences that prepares them for intraoperative neuromonitoring training.
BHSU launched its baccalaureate degree in neurodiagnostic technology in the fall of 2020. This spring, the program had its first graduate with a bachelor's in neurodiagnostic technology. The university, formerly known as Baptist College of Health Sciences, was started in 1912 and offers 14 majors in nursing and allied health, including undergraduate and graduate degrees.