News Release

Published on Thursday, October 25, 2007

LA CROSSE, Wis. – La Crosse recently became one of only two cities in the United States to have two accredited EEG labs – an honor that Gundersen Lutheran and Franciscan Skemp supervisors say is due in part to the education and training their lab technologists received at Western Technical College.

Eighteen of the 20 technologists currently working in both medical centers’ EEG departments are graduates of Western’s Electroneurodiagnostic Technology (ENDT) program. Western is one of only 13 colleges in the nation to have an accredited ENDT program. There is currently a nationwide shortage of ENDT graduates.

"I like to hire graduates from Western because I know they have a solid base in all of the electroneurodiagnostic areas,” said Becky Appenzeller, supervisor of the Neurodiagnostics & Sleep Disorders Center at Franciscan Skemp Medical Center. “I can be sure that in whatever area I need coverage, a graduate of their program will have had some experience in the modality, and has a solid background in the neuroscience area.”

Barbara Ross, clinical manager, Sleep/EEG of Neurosciences at Gundersen Lutheran agrees. "Gundersen Lutheran highly values the quality neurodiagnostic graduates Western provides right here in our community. Currently all our employees are graduates of Western. They meet the stringent requirements to perform quality patient care as set by the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET) and have a board pass rate well above the national average."

Accreditations are made by ABRET and certify that EEG labs meet the technical standards and demonstrate quality output. Indianapolis, Ind. is the only other city in the U.S. with two accredited EEG labs.

“We are very proud of our program and our graduates,” says Stacey Austin. “Western is one of four colleges accredited in three specialized areas, including sleep studies. And over 90 percent of Western’s ENDT graduates have job placement before graduation.”

For more information about programs and services at Western Technical College, call 608.785.9200 or visit the Web site at westerntc.edu.
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