Southeast Technical Institute.
Among the programs offered at STI is electroneurodiagnostic technology (ENDT). STI is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and, in addition, in January 2010 its ENDT program earned a five-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Instructor Michelle Olofson calls this accreditation the "gold standard" and notes that it "demonstrates a commitment to the profession and to providing students the highest quality education by upholding these national standards."
In the ENDT associate degree program, students take courses in the first semester that include chemistry survey, intermediate algebra, computer essentials, anatomy/physiology, medical language health care/human relations, introduction to electroneurodiagnostics, and basic electricity for health care. The second semester includes patient care techniques, applied electronics and instrumentation, polysomnography, and electroneurodiagnostics tech science and clinical science. In the summer there is an Evoked Potential I course and lab. as well as composition and general psychology.
In the third and fourth semesters, students take technical writing, basic pharmacology and homeostatic physiology, as well as additional courses and labs in Evoked Potential, polysomnography, and electroneurodiagnostic clinical science. As part of the clinical element of the program, students are placed in a clinical affiliation for seven months in medical centers m the region.
When the STI ENDT program achieved CAAHEP accreditation, it became one of 21 nationwide that are accredited, and it was only the third program; to achieve accreditation status for the Evoked Potential add-on from CAA-HEP. This addition allows students to sit for the national board testing as a current student or graduate of the program with no waiting time post-graduation.
Graduates of the STI ENDT program have found employment not only in South Dakota at health care facilities such as Sanford Health, Avera McKenna, Sioux Falls Surgical Hospital, and Rapid City Regional Hospital, but have also found jobs in the field in states that include North Dakota, Texas, Colorado, Nebraska, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Oregon, Kansas and Iowa.
The American Society of Electroneu-rodiagnostic Technologists has called the shortage of technologists extremely problematic for the future and notes that there is already a demand for trained and credentialed technologists. It is very fortunate for this field of health care that a program such as the one at Southeast technical Institute is doing its part to help meet that demand.
For more information about Southeast Technical Institute and its electroneuwdiagnostic technology program, visit www.southeasttech.edu: