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08/18/2011
Hudson Valley Community College Offers Associate Degree Program for Those Interested in Becoming Sleep Study Technicians

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072, e.bryant@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011

Hudson Valley Community College is now offering a 71-credit associate degree program in Polysomnography for those who hope to work as sleep technologists. The program is currently enrolling students for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 29.

Polysomnography deals with the diagnostic evaluation and management of patients with neurological and sleep abnormalities such as sleep apnea. Technologists work directly with patients and under medical supervision. Job opportunities for sleep technologists may be found in sleep labs and electroencephalogram (EEG) departments, hospitals or associated with physician's offices.

The salary range for sleep technologists is similar to other allied health care professions. The median expected salary for a polysomnographic technologist in the United States is approximately $48,000, according to the web site salary.com. Polysomnography is a nationally-recognized profession and a growing field in health science.

Courses through Hudson Valley will be taught on the college's main campus in Troy, and at 400 Jordan Road, North Greenbush. Clinical courses will be offered at sleep labs around the Capital Region.

High school coursework must include two units of academic math and biology and chemistry with labs with a minimum grade of 70.

The program, which leads to an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree, is offered through the college's Cardiorespiratory and Emergency Medicine department. For more detailed information about the program, contact the department at (518) 629-7454.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.