GCC's Polysomnographic Technology Program Poised for Growth and Opportunity

Two-Day Review Seminar Offered at GCC through K&M Medical

Genesee Community College’s Polysomnography Technology program is ready to assist ‘sleep tech’ students, new graduates and sleep center employers with new opportunities in the study and treatment of sleep disorders. From recognizing Sleep Technician Appreciation Week in early October, to staying abreast of the pending new regulatory measures currently under review by New York State Education Department (SED) and the State government—GCC’s Polysomnography program is poised to help those interested in this emerging new branch of healthcare.

Working collaboratively with K & M Medical Inc., GCC is offering a two-day review seminar for polysomnographic technologists on Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, 2011. K & M Medical, Inc. will be responsible for securing continuing education credits (CEC’s) from both the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) and American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) for the educational program provided. This seminar offers up to 14 contact hours of continuing education credit for both credentialed sleep technologists and respiratory therapists. The two-day program provides a comprehensive review of polysomnographic principles and the concepts needed for technicians to remain current in the field. For further information or to reserve a seat in the program, call K & M Medical at 330-770-0184 or visit their website at kmmed.com.
While planning other events for Sleep Technician Appreciation Week, GCC administrators are also watching developments in Albany, NY. Governor Cuomo signed a bill on August 3, 2011 to amend the education law in relation to licensing the practice of polysomnographic technology. It is anticipated the new legislation will become active in August 2012 which grants authorization to polysomnographic technologists who meet specific standards.
The new legislation addresses polysomnography as a vital new healthcare field and the steady increase of sleep disorder diagnosis and treatments, as well as the emergence of many new independent sleep centers and sleep laboratories within hospitals. The bill states: “Because polysomnographic technologists provide such a vital service which often involves, for instance, connecting and monitoring breathing apparatus, the State Education Department (SED) has mandated that these technologists demonstrate the appropriate training and experience. This bill ensures the continuation of the important work by polysomnographic technologists…”
Genesee’s Polysomnographic Technology program is the first and only associate degree of its kind in New York State, and graduates of the program will have a solid foundation for entering the field. In addition to learning theory and practice through classroom lectures and laboratory, GCC students also have opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning through the College’s co-op / internship program.
“We are very excited that our Polysomnographic Technology program is available to those who want to enter this emerging area of healthcare,” Marshann Thomas, director of the Polysomnographic program said. “We provide state-of-the-art opportunities to train technologists who want to help patients suffering from sleep disorders. Although industry regulation can sometimes seem like a daunting new area of responsibility, it provides great opportunity to further elevate the new profession to a highly respected branch of healthcare.”
Any person interested in the field of polysomnography or Genesee’s Polysomnographic Technology associate degree program should contact Marshann Thomas, director of the Polysomnography program at 585-343-0055 x6188. Email: mythomas@genesee.edu.
For the legislative account of the NYS Bill go to http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S1831B-2011

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