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Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Sleep Technology

*This program is still under development. The program is anticipated to take 18 months to 2 years to complete and will be based upon Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Polysomnographic Technology outlined by the Comission on Accreditation of Alliied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)  and the Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education (Coa PSG).  Somniloquy Sleep Education Institute intends to offer the AAS degree program in the fall of 2024, with accreditation anticipated in fall 2026.

The Curriculum for the AAS Degree in Sleep Technology will be as follows:

1. Curriculum Requisites

The program will offer the following curriculum requisites. Requisites may be met prior to, or concurrent with, the core curriculum. As a minimum these requisites will include:

     a. Written and oral communication
     b. Computational mathematics
     c. Computer literacy
     d. Social or behavioral sciences
     e. Biological sciences
     f. Medical ethics and law
     g. Basic patient care, comfort and safety
     h. Emergency preparedness in a medical setting
     i. Infection control
     j. Medical terminology
     k. Basic Cardiac Life Support certification

These requisites may be fulfilled by documented college level coursework through Somniloquy Sleep Education Institute, LLC or another institution or through demonstrated competency.

Requisites for social or behavioral sciences and biological sciences will provide the
basis for relevant learning outcomes in the core curriculum.

Polysomnographic Technology

2. Core Curriculum

The core curriculum will include at least the following:

     a. Core Knowledge
          1) History of Sleep Medicine
          2) Anatomy & physiology relevant to sleep and sleep disorders
               a) Cardiovascular
               b) Respiratory
               c) Neurological
          3) Normal and abnormal physiology and behavior of sleep
          4) Classification, diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders
          5) Clinical evaluation of sleep and wakefulness
          6) Application and management of positive airway pressure modalities for treatment of
              sleep related breathing disorders
          7) Medication effects related to sleep and sleep disorders
          8) Basic principles of biopotential recording and digital data acquisition
          9) Basic principles of monitoring of breathing
        10) Ethics and professionalism in sleep medicine

     b. Polysomnographic Methodology
          1) Preparation of the patient for polysomnography
          2) Patient sleep history taking
          3) Selection and preparation of appropriate equipment.
          4) Recording montage design for polysomnography
          5) Audio and video recording of movement and behavior during sleep
          6) Patient monitoring and documentation.
          7) Recognition and correction of recording artifact.
          8) Infection control in the sleep laboratory
          9) Employee and patient safety in the sleep laboratory
        10) Medical, neurological and psychiatric emergencies in the sleep laboratory
        11) Special patient needs
               a) Pediatric
               b) Geriatric
               c) Bariatric
               d) Mental or physical impairment

     c. Procedural Protocols
          1) Polysomnography
          2) Multiple Sleep Latency Test
          3) Maintenance of Wakefulness Test
          4) Actigraphy
          5) Positive airway pressure administration and titration
          6) Administration of supplemental oxygen
          7) Home sleep testing
          8) Capnography
          9) Pulse oximetry
        10) Special considerations for pediatric patients

     d. Data analysis
          1) Recognition of normal and abnormal electroencephalographic patterns
          2) Identification of sleep stages
          3) Identification of arousals

          4) Identification of respiratory events and patterns
          5) Identification of movement events and patterns
          6) Identification of electrocardiographic events
          7) Summation and reporting of observational and analyzed results
          8) Transfer and storage of recorded data



For additional information on CAAHEP CoaPSG Standards and Guidelines please click the following link.



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