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Polysomnographic Technology (Sleep Technologists)
From sleep apnea to narcolepsy to insomnia—there are 84 different classifications of sleep disorders and more than 70 million Americans suffer from sleeping disease. In fact, sleep disorders have become one of the fastest growing health concerns today with an 18% job growth expected through 2024. For these reasons, Genesee Community College’s Polysomnographic Technology program helps train sleep technologists and prepares them for great careers in this emerging healthcare specialty.
Where Sleep Techs Work & What they do
Sleep techs or polysomnographic technologists work closely with physicians assisting in the diagnosis of sleep-related problems and supporting patients. There are more than 2,500 accredited sleep centers across the nation, associated with hospitals or as independent clinics. In either setting, sleep techs monitor patients’ breathing, blood oxygen levels, brain waves, eye movements, muscle tone, and other clinical variables using highly specialized equipment. They also counsel patients in the use of respiratory and sleep devices to aid in sleep disorder breathing, and explain all the nuances of the home study sleep testing kits prescribed to some patients as an early screening process.
What Sleep Techs Study
Students complete GCC’s 61-credit Polysomnographic Technology program in four semesters with full-time enrollment. Coursework directly related to the program curriculum include Physiology of Sleep Medicine, Sleep Study Instrumentation, Sleep Disorders and Polysomnography (PSG) I through IV, including a section on Infant and Pediatric PSG. The academic program also includes two clinical practice opportunities where the newly learned skills are applied in local sleep clinic.