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Polysomnography Program

Polysomnography Certificate Program

Polysomnographic (Sleep Medicine) Technology at Montgomery College


Requirements

Trained in Sleep Technology and relevant aspects of Sleep Medicine, Polysomnographic (Sleep) Technologists assist in the evaluation and follow-up care of patients with sleep disorders.  Sleep Technology is recognized as a growing and yet separate and distinct allied health profession. The scope of practice of Sleep Technologists enables them to work in sleep centers, laboratories for sleep related breathing disorders, home environments, and non-facility-based settings under the direction of a Sleep Medicine Physician.  The Polysomnography Technology Certificate program is designed for practicing polysomnography technicians who need to fulfill didactic and clinical learning requirements as well as individuals who would be filling entry-level positions in the field.  After completing required clinical hours, Graduates of the program will be eligible to apply for the Polysomnographic Certification exam administered by Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists and for licensure in the State of Maryland as a Polysomnographic Technologist.

CMAP 120

Introduction to Computer Applications

3

HINM 115

Medical Terminology I

2

HINM 116

Medical Terminology II

2

PSYC 102

General Psychology

3

POSM 101

Anatomy and Physiology for Polysomnography

4

POSM 102

Introduction to Polysomnography

3

POSM 103

Sleep Disorders

3

POSM 104

Polysomnography I

3

POSM 105

Clinical Practicum I

3

POSM 201

Polysomnography II

4

POSM 202

Clinical Practicum II

4

Total credit hours  34

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Course Descriptions

POSM 101: A & P for Polysomnography

Detailed study of the integrated structure and function of the cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular systems as they relate to sleep pathology. The origin and interpretation of the electrical signals generated throughout the body that reflect states of awareness and sleep are introduced. Structural and physiological control of breathing and physiological manifestations of respiratory disorders that affect sleep are discussed. (T only) PRE- or COREQUISITES: CMAP 120, HINM 115, PSYC 102 and consent of department. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory each week.

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POSM 102: Intro to Polysomnography

An introduction to the profession of sleep medicine and the roles and responsibilities of the polysomnographic technologist. Therapeutic communication skills, patient assessment and legal/ethical considerations of medical records and patient care are studies from a multicultural perspective. Evidence-based practice models are introduced. (T only) PREREQUISITES: POSM 101 and consent of department. COREQUISITES: POSM 103, POSM 104, and POSM 105. Three hours each week.

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POSM 103: Sleep Disorders

A comprehensive study of sleep disorders inclusive of a comparison of the normal sleep architecture with that of the more common sleep and arousal disorders. Included are the relationships of physical and psychiatric disorders and the effects of various medications on sleep patterns and electrophysiological manifestations on the polysomnogram. (T only) PREREQUISITES: POSM 101 and consent of department. COREQUISITES: POSM 102, POSM 104, and POSM 105. Three hours each week.

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POSM 104: Polysomnography

An introduction to the theory and practice of polysomnography. Preparation of patients and equipment, as well as equipment selection, for the desired testing procedures will be discussed. Instrumentation and refinement of tracings via EEG, EOG, ECG, and EMG will be introduced. (T only) PREREQUISITE: Consent of department. COREQUISITES: POSM 102, POSM 103, and POSM 105. Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory each week.

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POSM 105: Clinical Practicum I

A supervised introductory clinical practicum in area sleep laboratories. Students apply the concepts learned in PO 104 and other courses as they interview patients, explain procedures, attach polysomnography equipment to patients and perform basic polysomnographic studies under the watchful eyes of preceptors and faculty. (T only) PREREQUISITE: Consent of department. COREQUISITES: POSM 102, POSM 103, and POSM 104. Nine hours practica each week.

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POSM 201: Polysomnography II

Advanced theory and practice of polysomnography. Includes advanced monitoring techniques such as bi-level PAP, parasomnia, and seizure investigation. Emphasis is placed on obtaining and scoring a quality polysomnogram. (T only) PREREQUISITES: POSM 104, POSM 105, and consent of department. COREQUISITE: POSM 202. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory each week.

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POSM 202: Clinical Practicum II

The final clinical course before completion of the certificate and application for licensure. Students have supervised practice in area sleep centers to practice the full realm of sleep diagnostic testing. (T only) PREREQUISITES: POSM 104, POSM 105, and consent of department. COREQUISITE: POSM 201. Twelve hours practica each week.

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