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March 3, 2009(2)

Date: March 3, 2009
Media Contacts: Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022

Montgomery College Accepting Applications for Polysomnography Program
Program to Train Sleep Technicians for Work in the Health Care Field

To meet rising demands in the health care industry, Montgomery College will offer a one-year certificate program in polysomnography at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, starting in fall 2009. The one year, alternative weekend and evening certificate program, will provide students with clinical training and lab instruction.  Rolling Admission will apply for the Polysomnography Program and applications will be accepted for review through Summer Session II.

Polysomnography is a diagnostic test that measures and records a patient’s physiologic variables during sleep. Polysomnographers, or sleep technicians, set up the equipment, monitor and score the test results, which are interpreted by a physician.

The demand for registered polysomnographers continues to rise as state and national regulations are put in place and laboratories seek qualified applicants. Polysomnographers work in freestanding sleep labs, physician offices and polysomnography labs within hospitals. Salaries in this field are competitive with other health care professions.

Students interested in the program are strongly encouraged to attend one of several information sessions, held from 3 - 4 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month, inside the Health Sciences Center, 7977 Georgia Avenue, Room 122. The information sessions will take place on the following dates:

  • March 26
  • April 30
  • May 28
  • June 25

New applicants to Montgomery College must apply to credit admissions and pay a one-time application fee of $25.00.   New students to Montgomery College will be required to meet English and Reading entry assessment levels.  For more information on this, or program details, please contact Counselor Laura Gardner by email or phone (240) 567- 1476.

For more information about the polysomnography certificate program, contact the Montgomery College Health Sciences Department at 240-567-5520 or 240-567-5562.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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