Montgomery College 2020-2021 Catalog 
    Jul 19, 2024  
Montgomery College 2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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POSM 202 - Clinical Practicum II

(TP/SS only)

The final clinical course before completion of the certificate and application for licensure. Students have supervised practice in area sleep centers to practice the full realm of sleep diagnostic testing. PREREQUISITE(S): POSM 104 , POSM 105 , or consent of department. COREQUISITE(S): POSM 201 . Twelve hours practica each week. Formerly PO 202.

4 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:

  • Coach cooperative behavior from patients across all ages.
  • Address barriers to effective communication.
  • Function independently in the role of polysomnographic technologist.
  • Select appropriate equipment, data acquisition parameters, and therapeutic modalities for all patients.
  • Demonstrate the correct application of PAP titration techniques.
  • Apply CPAP interfaces and interventional equipment.
  • Modify a live polysomnogram recording montage to optimize recognized indications, contraindications, and potential side effects of treatment modalities.
  • Identify medication effect on the polysomnogram.
  • Categorize EMG activity including PLMs and body movements.
  • Verify accuracy of computer-generated reports through manual calculations of latencies, percentages, and indices.
  • Adjust conditions of the testing environment required for optimal recording quality and patient comfort.
  • Adapt environment and testing on recognition of special testing considerations (prosthetic and electromechanical devices, etc).
  • Modify parameters to ensure integrity and quality of the recording.
  • Manipulate the montage as indicated.
  • Integrate abnormal respiratory event data, associated oxyhemoglobin desaturations, EMG activity, and sleep stage scoring to calculate indices for report generation.
  • Generate scored reports.
  • Respond to clinically significant events.
  • Document observations.

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