Genesee Community College’s new Polysomnographic Technology program, the study of sleep disorders, has recently had a final approval by the State University of New York and the State Education Department. With the recent hiring of the new director of Polysomnographic Technology, Genesee’s newest academic program will be ready for enrollment in the fall 2010 semester.
The Polysomnographic Program was approved by Genesee’s Board of Trustees back in January of this year. Since then, the program has had a rigorous review by SUNY to ensure the program meets the high learning standards of the SUNY system, as well as the State Education Department. It is the first associate degree program for Polysomnographic Technology in the state.
The Polysomnographic Technology or sleep disorder study program prepares students to become technologists who work closely with physicians to diagnose sleep-related problems and provide support services to patients. They usually work in “sleep laboratories,” where patients with sleep problems spend one or more nights under intensive clinical observation. As modern medicine takes a closer look at the important role sleep plays in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there is an increasing demand for technologists to monitor patients’ breathing, blood oxygen levels, brain waves, eye movements, muscle tone, and other clinical variables to assist in diagnosis. Technologists also counsel patients in the use of respiratory and sleep devices that aid in sleep hygiene.
Full-time students can complete the intensive 66-credit program in four semesters. The College expects to enroll 35 students in the program. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) examination. New York State is expected to soon require licensing of Polysomnographic technologists, and Genesee graduates will be eligible for licensure.
After an extensive search for the new director of Polysomnographic Technology, Marshann Y. Thomas of Rochester, NY has been selected to lead the new program. Ms. Thomas is a registered polysomnographic technologist and registered respiratory therapist at Unity Health System in Rochester. She has also served Monroe Community Hospital in Rochester and Gadsden Community Hospital in Florida. She will begin the new position on August 1, 2010. (See follow up story for additional information.)
For further information contact Michael Stoll, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Math Science and Career Education585-343-0055 x6326
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