NYLON – For the first time since its inception, Genesee Community College’s Polysomnographic Technology Program (PSG), the study of technology used to test for sleep disorders, will undergo curriculum changes after recent approvals by the State University of New York (SUNY) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).
According to a press release from GCC, there is no longer a requirement of two semesters of Anatomy and Physiology. The program will now only require Human Anatomy and Physiology. Additionally, Survey of Mathematics will replace MAT102 and only one clinical (12 hours) night per week, instead of 24 hours of clinical nights per week, will be required.
“These changes will create a fantastic opportunity for increased numbers of students to join our one-of-a-kind program in the Western New York and Finger Lakes regions,” said Marshann Thomas, GCC director of Polysomnographic Technology. “We are excited to expand the success of PSG.”
A career in Polysomnographic Technology remains a quality choice for those interested in the health field and offers the opportunity to utilize talents, travel and obtain immediate employment with impressive pay, along with the opportunity to work with your hands. Most importantly, PSG will enable students to do meaningful work that will help others achieve a happier and healthier life by improving the quality of sleep.
Genesee Community College introduced the first Associate Degree in Polysomnographic Technology in New York State in 2010. The program is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and is listed as a license qualifying program in New York State.
Since then, the program remains the only one of its kind in Western New York and has subsequently graduated a respectable number of students. Of the graduates of the GCC PSG program, 83% are now working within the industry and 100% attempting the RPSGT board exam passed on their first attempt, well above the national average of 69% in 2014.
New applicants, transfer applicants, and continuing student applicants (currently enrolled students) will require possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, completion of BIO104 (Cell Biology) with a “C” or better or Advanced Placement Biology in high school, meet the College math proficiency, completion of ENG091 and/or ENG100 with a “C” or better or satisfactory completion of the writing skills exam for placement into ENG101, and completion of REA101 with a “C” or better or having met the College reading competency
Students must earn a “C” grade or higher in all PSG courses and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in order to maintain enrollment in the PSG program.
The PSG program focuses on specific polysomnographic subject matter including diagnosing sleep disorders, sleep study instrumentation, the physiology of sleep medicine, as well as human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and general psychology.