Montgomery College 2016-2017 Catalog 
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Montgomery College 2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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POSM 102 - Introduction to Polysomnography

(TP/SS only)

An introduction to the profession of sleep medicine and the roles and responsibilities of the polysomnographic technologist. Therapeutic communication skills, patient assessment, and legal/ethical considerations of medical records and patient care are studied from a multicultural perspective. Evidence-based practice models are introduced. PREREQUISITE(S): POSM 101  and consent of department. COREQUISITE(S): POSM 103 , POSM 104 , and POSM 105 . Three hours each week. Formerly PO 102.

3 semester hours

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

  • Discuss the history of sleep medicine and the field of polysomnography.
  • Summarize the scope of practice of sleep medicine and the polysomnographic technologist.
  • Differentiate between therapeutic and social communication.
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication consistent with health care standards.
  • Interpret medical records and physicians’ orders accurately.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to culturally diverse peers, patients, and professional staff.
  • Explain the rights and responsibilities of patients undergoing polysomnographic evaluation.
  • Summarize the legal and ethical responsibilities of the polysomnographic technologist.
  • Critique research studies within the polysomnographic literature.
  • Discriminate between evidence-based and tradition-based polysomnographic practice.
  • Give examples of patient assessments that indicate special physical, cognitive, and/or emotional needs.

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