Sleep science and neurodiagnostics are unique emerging health care professions dedicated to recording and studying the electrical activity of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves, the function of the cardiovascular system, and the function of the respiratory system. These procedures are vital in diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, diagnosis of nervous system disorders, as well as aiding in the diagnosis of behavioral, and psychiatric disorders. New technologies have stimulated a great demand for advanced level professionals.
The Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science (NDSS) program represents an advanced study in Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science. Coursework includes:
- Advanced practice in neurodiagnostic and sleep science
- Principles of education for leaders
- Philosophy and application of scientific research
- Philosophy and principles of laboratory management, healthcare administration, and finance
Graduates of the NDSS program benefit from the unique curricula, which reflect the ever-changing nature of clinical practice and patient care. Advanced roles in neurodiagnostics and sleep science require significant levels of analysis, problem-solving, and professional judgment. Graduates of the NDSS program are prepared with the knowledge and skill sets to fulfill these advanced roles. Prospective students will be motivated and qualified practitioners who want to pursue this degree to become the institutional, educational, governmental, and research leaders needed in these fields.
This program is a 2+2 program meaning that individuals are admitted to the University with an associate degree and they complete the last two years of the bachelor degree online through this program. The emphasis of the curriculum is to enhance and advance the student's professional career in neurodiagnostics and sleep science with additional education in advanced practice, administration, education, research, and leadership.
Students seeking admission into this program will already be registered Polysomnographic or Electroencephalographic Technologists. The curriculum of the NDSS program combines web-based courses, clinical rotations, internship and research projects. The practicum and internship can be setup at a facility local to the student when possible and must be approved by the NDSS program director. The option to complete the practicum at the UNC Hospitals at Chapel Hill may also be discussed with the program director. The program culminates in a capstone experience that is developed around the students' specific professional interest area.