GCC Sleep Program Prepares Second Graduating Class

Upcoming Campus Seminar Readies Students for Board Testing

Batavia, New York—This spring, the Polysomnographic Technology program at Genesee Community College will graduate its second class of students. In preparation for the group of 14 to take their national board exams, GCC will once again host a seminar reviewing Polysomnographic principles. The seminar, presented by K & M Medical will be held April 26 and 27, 2013 in rooms T102 and T122 on the Batavia campus.

“This seminar is a great review for our up-and-coming sleep technicians to prepare for certification exams,” said Marshann Thomas, Director of the Polysomnographic Technology Program at GCC. “It can also challenge those who’d like a review of the latest sleep related concepts.”

Space is limited for the two day review. Those interested can register here, or visit the K & M website for more information at http://www.kmmed.com/seminars.html. The review offers continuing education credits from the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST).

GCC’s two-year sleep studies program is the first of its kind in New York State. It’s been endorsed by a peer review and is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Students take courses in Anatomy, Psychology, Physiology, Environmental Chemistry, Sleep Disorders, and Sleep Study Implementation. They also complete two clinical practice courses in a local sleep clinic where they can apply what they’ve learned in a real world setting.

The field of sleep study continues to grow, offering a variety of career options for graduates--from helping physicians diagnose sleep related problems to counseling patients on things they can do to improve resting hours. “Our goal is to equip these students with the skills they need to provide quality, compassionate care to patients and families,” said Thomas, who is a registered Respiratory Care Practitioner.

For more information, contact Polysomnographic Technology Program Director, Marshann Thomas at (585) 343-0055 x6188 or at mythomas@genesee.edu.
Information is also available by visiting GCC’s website: http://www.genesee.edu/academics/programs/health/sleep/

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