December 4, 2007

NEWS: JCCC or JZzz ...?

The (Real) Science of Sleep
Some students may soon pull all-nighters studying sleep technology

By Miguel M. Morales

Johnson County Community College announced today it will create a polysomnography/sleep technology program.

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, polysomnographic studies, or sleep studies, focus breathing disorders such as Sleep Apnea, and set Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) levels. Studies also help diagnose narcolepsy and examine violent sleep behaviors.

JCCC's program builds on the nine polysomnographic courses the college currently offers.

The Kansas Board of Regents awarded JCCC $5,300, which with other funding, will go towards hiring a part-time faculty coordinator of the program. When the program begins in fall 2008, it will stands as Kansas’ only polysomnography/sleep technology A.A.S. degree.

According to the college, the program will prepare “skilled entry-level polysomnographic technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.”

As polysomnographic technician, a program graduate can then take the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists national exam in order to become Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT).

Partners participating in this grant project include Pro-Tech Services, Inc., and Sleepmate.

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