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Introduction to Sleep and Rest (PSOM 1000)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course introduces you to the basic human need of sleep and rest. You will learn about the importance of sleep and rest for a healthy life, sleep cycles, the history of sleep and common sleep disorders. You will be introduced to the field of sleep science and its relevance to other health professions. This course is open to the public as a health elective and is also a required course in the Polysomnography Technology A.A.S. program.
Prerequisites:

Placement score into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0051; placement score into ENGL 1110 or completion of ENGL 0900 or ESOL 0051.

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Fundamentals of Polysomnography (PSOM 1100)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course examines the scope of practice of a Polysomnographic Technologist and the vocational role within a team of sleep medicine professionals. You will learn about the practical and ethical considerations in providing service to patients with a focus on therapeutic communication, documentation and safety in the sleep laboratory. During laboratory time you will start learning to analyze sleep studies. Specific topics include sleep staging, recognition of abnormal sleep-related breathing patterns, and technical reporting. The course also requires touring an accredited sleep center and spending a nightshift observing the work of a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT). Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

Admission to the Polysomnographic Technology program; PSOM 1000 or HLTH 1000.

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Anatomy and Physiology of Sleep and Breathing (PSOM 1200)

Credits:  2   Lecture Credits:  2.00  
Description:  In this course, you will learn neurological and respiratory structure and function as it relates to sleep across the lifespan. Topics include circadian sleep/wake rhythms and the bioelectrical signals generated within the body. An introduction to normal human sleep staging is also included. Course meets the first eight weeks of the term.
Prerequisites:

Admission to the Polysomnographic Technology Program, BIOL 2224 or BIOL 1127 and 1128.

Co-requisites:

PSOM 1100.

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Pathophysiology and Classification of Sleep Disorders (PSOM 1300)

Credits:  2   Lecture Credits:  2.00  
Description:  In this course, you will explore the pathophysiology of sleep disorders across the lifespan. Topics take in the major categories of sleep disorders described the International Classification of Sleep Disorders and an introduction to common therapies, including positive airway pressure (PAP), supplemental oxygen, as well as pharmaceutical and surgical treatments. Emphasis will be placed on the effects of pathology and treatment on the polysomnographic recording. Course meets the second eight weeks of the term.
Prerequisites:

Admission to the Polysomnographic Technology Program, BIOL 2224 or BIOL 1127 and 1128. 

Co-requisites:

PSOM 1100 and PSOM 1200.

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Instrumentation in Polysomnography (PSOM 1400)

Credits:  5   Lecture Credits:  3.00   Lab Credits:  2.00  
Description:  In this course, you will learn the principles of electricity necessary for polysomnography, with emphasis on signal amplification and filtration, characteristics of waveforms, and recognition of artifacts. The laboratory focuses on the preparation of recording equipment and the patient for polysomnography, including calibrations, the use of ancillary equipment and the application of electrodes and other monitors. Course meets the first eight weeks of the term.
Prerequisites:

PSOM 1100, PSOM 1200 and PSOM 1300.

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Monitoring and Introduction to Therapeutic Interventions (PSOM 1500)

Credits:  4   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  2.00  
Description:  In this course, you will learn the principles of monitoring and therapeutic interventions in Polysomnography. Theory concepts will be reinforced in the lab setting. Topics include the production of high quality recordings and the principles of PAP titration and oxygen therapy. You will also learn to respond to recording artifacts and complications of PAP and oxygen therapies.
Prerequisites:

PSOM 1100, PSOM 1200 and PSOM 1300.

Co-requisites:

PSOM 1400.

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Internship 1 (PSOM 1650)

Credits:  2   Internship/Practicum:  2.00

Description:  In this introductory internship, you will prepare patients for Polysomnographic monitoring and therapeutic interventions in the setting of an accredited clinical sleep laboratory. You will practice patient care, education and safety, and you will prepare and initiate routine sleep studies in patients of all ages. Must be taken Pass/Fail.
Prerequisites:

PSOM 1100, PSOM 1200 and PSOM 1300.  Students must have a clear background check to enroll in this course.

Co-requisites:

PSOM 1660.

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Internship 1 Seminar (PSOM 1660)

Credits:  1   Lecture Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This seminar meets concurrently with Internship 1. Its purpose is to extend and validate the learning you gain at a partnering accredited sleep laboratory. You will discuss and reflect on internship experiences, report case studies, assess your progress, and participate in group discussions. Must be taken Pass/Fail.
Prerequisites:

PSOM 1100, PSOM 1200 and PSOM 1300.

Co-requisites:

PSOM 1650.

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Polysomnography Theory Integration (PSOM 2000)

Credits:  4   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  2.00  
Description:  This course requires synthesis of all previously learned sleep technology theory in preparation for taking the national registration exam upon graduation. You will review all of the fundamental knowledge and skills of a Sleep Technologist and advanced topics including mechanical ventilation, cardiac dysrhythmias, EEG effects, and pediatric sleep disorders. You will gain increasing expertise in the assessment of clinical sleep studies. Through individual appointments at accredited sleep centers you will observe and interact with physicians and other specialists as they assess and treat patients with sleep disorders. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

PSOM 1400, PSOM 1500, PSOM 1650, and PSOM 1660.

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Internship 2 (PSOM 2150)

Credits:  3   Internship/Practicum:  3.00

Description:  In this course you will prepare the patient for Polysomnographic monitoring and therapeutic interventions in the clinical sleep laboratory setting and work with the patient throughout the night, applying therapeutic treatments as ordered by a physician. You will practice patient care and safety, and you will prepare and initiate routine polysomnographic testing. You will conduct therapeutic interventions in patients of all ages, and educate patients. Must be taken Pass/Fail.
Prerequisites:

PSOM 1650, PSOM 1660.

Co-requisites:

PSOM 2000 and PSOM 2160.

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Internship 2 Seminar (PSOM 2160)

Credits:  1   Lecture Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This seminar meets in conjunction with Internship 2. Its purpose is to extend and validate the learning you gain at a partnering accredited sleep laboratory. You will discuss and reflect on your internship experiences, report case studies, assess your progress, and participate in group discussions. Must be taken Pass/Fail.
Prerequisites:

PSOM 1650, PSOM 1660.

Co-requisites:

PSOM 2000 and PSOM 2150.

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Internship 3 (PSOM 2250)

Credits:  4   Internship/Practicum:  4.00

Description:  This internship develops skills such as problem solving and critical thinking in the sleep laboratory. The emphasis is on production of high-quality records, titration of PAP and oxygen therapy, and the accurate and timely scoring and reporting of polysomnographic data. You will also measure daytime sleepiness and cover other daytime skills. Must be taken Pass/Fail.
Prerequisites:

PSOM 1650, PSOM 1660.

Co-requisites:

PSOM 2000, PSOM 2150, PSOM 2160 and PSOM 2260.

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Internship 3 Seminar (PSOM 2260)

Credits:  1   Lecture Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This seminar meets concurrently with Internship 3. Its purpose is to extend and validate the learning you gain at a partnering accredited sleep laboratory. You will discuss and reflect on your internship experiences, report case studies, assess your progress, and participate in group discussions. Must be taken Pass/Fail.
Prerequisites:

PSOM 1650, PSOM 1660.

Co-requisites:

PSOM 2000, PSOM 2150, PSOM 2160 and PSOM 2250.

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Internship 4 (PSOM 2350)

Credits:  2   Internship/Practicum:  2.00

Description:  This capstone internship allows you to choose a sleep laboratory in which to further demonstrate and develop your skills in Polysomnographic Technology. Through arrangement with the instructor and a participating clinical site, you will have the opportunity to experience working in the sleep laboratory of your choice. You will be encouraged to complete this internship in a place where you are interested in working or developing specialized skills. If you already have a job as a Sleep Technologist, you can receive internship credit for your on-the-job training and experience (assuming cooperation from the employer). Must be taken Pass/Fail.
Prerequisites:

PSOM 1650, PSOM 1660.

Co-requisites:

PSOM 2000PSOM 2150PSOM 2160, PSOM 2250, PSOM 2260 and PSOM 2360.

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Internship 4 Seminar (PSOM 2360)

Credits:  1   Lecture Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This seminar meets concurrently with Internship 4. Its purpose is to extend and validate the learning you gain at a partnering accredited sleep laboratory. You will discuss and reflect on your internship experiences, report case studies, and assess your progress. Additionally, you will prepare a professional resume and practice for the registration exam. Must be taken Pass/Fail.
Prerequisites:

PSOM 1650, PSOM 1660.

Co-requisites:

PSOM 2000, PSOM 2150, PSOM 2160, PSOM 2250, PSOM 2260 and PSOM 2350.

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Trends in Somnology (PSOM 2400)

Credits:  2   Lecture Credits:  2.00  
Description:  This course is for those already working in related fields and is an optional elective for students in the second year of the Sleep Technology program. You will explore current topics in clinical somnology and the treatment of sleep disorders. You will maintain professional currency and expand vocational competencies to optimize the care of patients with sleep disorders.
Prerequisites:

PSOM 1300 or instructor's approval for those already working in the field.

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