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CLARKSDALE – If you have a desire to begin a career in health care that’s different, exciting and pays well, Coahoma Community College may have a viable option for you.
CCC’s Polysomnography or Sleep Technology program, the only accredited program in the state of Mississippi, offers individuals the opportunity to begin a career as a qualified polysomnographer in as little as three semesters. The program is currently accepting application for the Spring 2016 semester through Oct. 30.
“Polysomnography is the study of sleep—how people progress in their sleep throughout the night,” said Kristina Davis, CCC polysomnography technologyprogram director. “It’s a great choice for someone who desires to work in health care but may not be interested in becoming a nurse or respiratory therapist—positions that require direct patient care.”
The emerging field has an entry-level salary ranging from $35,000 to about $50,000 per year and opportunities for employment at hospitals, home health facilities and independent labs. Projected job growth is also promising with the need for polysomnographers rapidly increasing as research continues to show the correlation between sleep and overall health.
“Many people don’t realize how much sleep effects their life and health,” said Davis. “As polysomnographic technologist, we look at their brain waves or their EEGs, their heart, muscle activity and sleep architecture. There are more than 85 sleep disorders, so we get to see some of that as well.”
CCC’s Polysomnography Technology program currently boasts a 90 percent pass rate of Certified Polysomnographic Technician (CPSGT) exam and nearly all of the program’s graduates are working in the field.
“We have an excellent track record on placement once our students become nationally certified,” said Davis. “I’ve been contacted from across the nation for our graduates and currently almost all our students who have successful completed the program hold positions in sleep technology or have decided to further their education.”
Pre-requisites include a “C” or better average in Anatomy and Physiology I & II. A minimum of an ACT composite score of 16 is also required.
Once admitted, students receive instruction for highly qualified staff and are prepared for the workforce through clinicals at health care facilities from Memphis to Jackson, MS.
“This career gives you the opportunity to really connect with patients and interact with them when they’re at their most vulnerable—when they’re going to sleep,” said Davis. “When you can help them identify the problems and get them the proper treatment, they’re so relieved. …It makes it all worthwhile.”
For more information about CCC’s Polysomnography Technology program admission guidelines or to apply now, CLICK HERE.