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Sleep Technology (Polysomnography)
Course Code
PSOM 1000  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title Introduction to Sleep and Rest 
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.



Course Code
PSOM 1100  Credits 2.00 Lec 1.00 Lab View Details
Title Fundamentals of Polysomnography 
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.



Course Code
PSOM 1200  Credits 2.00 Lec View Details
Title Anatomy and Physiology of Sleep and Breathing 
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.

 


Course Code
PSOM 1300  Credits 2.00 Lec View Details
Title Pathophysiology and Classification of Sleep Disorders 
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.

 


Course Code
PSOM 1400  Credits 3.00 Lec 2.00 Lab View Details
Title Instrumentation in Polysomnography 
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.



Course Code
PSOM 1500  Credits 2.00 Lec 2.00 Lab View Details
Title Monitoring and Introduction to Therapeutic Interventions 
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.

Pre/Co-requisites

PSOM 1400.

 


Course Code
PSOM 1650  Credits 2.00 Int./Prac. View Details
Title Internship 1 
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  
Co-requisites

PSOM 1660. Clear background check.

 
Pre/Co-requisites

PSOM 1400, PSOM 1500.

 


Course Code
PSOM 1660  Credits 1.00 Lec 0.00 Lab View Details
Title Internship 1 Seminar 
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  
Co-requisites

PSOM 1650.

 
Pre/Co-requisites

PSOM 1400, PSOM 1500.

 


Course Code
PSOM 2000  Credits 2.00 Lec 2.00 Lab View Details
Title Polysomnography Theory Integration 
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.



Course Code
PSOM 2150  Credits 3.00 Int./Prac. View Details
Title Internship 2 
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. Clear background check.

Co-requisites

PSOM 2160.

 
Pre/Co-requisites

PSOM 2000.

 


Course Code
PSOM 2160  Credits 1.00 Lec 0.00 Lab View Details
Title Internship 2 Seminar 
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 2150.

 
Pre/Co-requisites

PSOM 2000.

 


Course Code
PSOM 2250  Credits 4.00 Int./Prac. View Details
Title Internship 3 
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 2260.

 
Pre/Co-requisites

PSOM 2000, PSOM 2150, PSOM 2160.

 


Course Code
PSOM 2260  Credits 1.00 Lec View Details
Title Internship 3 Seminar 
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 2250.

 
Pre/Co-requisites

PSOM 2000, PSOM 2150, PSOM 2160.

 


Course Code
PSOM 2350  Credits 2.00 Int./Prac. View Details
Title Internship 4 
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. Clear background check.

Co-requisites

PSOM 2360.

 
Pre/Co-requisites

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

 


Course Code
PSOM 2360  Credits 1.00 Lec 0.00 Lab View Details
Title Internship 4 Seminar 
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 2350.

 
Pre/Co-requisites

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

 


Course Code
PSOM 2400  Credits 2.00 Lec View Details
Title Trends in Somnology 
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.

Co-requisites

None

 
Pre/Co-requisites

None