Thomas Edison State College’s associate degree program and undergraduate certificate in Polysomnography has recently been awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
A peer review conducted by the commission’s Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education focused on the college’s 60-credit Associate in Applied Science degree in Polysomnography as well as the 17-credit Undergraduate Certificate in Polysomnography and found the programs are in compliance with nationally established standards. The initial accreditation status is valid from March 16, 2012 until March 31, 2017.
“We are very pleased and excited that the Polysomnography program has earned its initial accreditation,” said Dr. Thomas Devine, acting dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology at Thomas Edison State College. “This accreditation validates that our program meets national standards of excellence and best serves adult learners interested in preparing or advancing in this allied health field.”
Polysomnography is an allied health discipline focusing on the diagnosis of sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy and insomnia. Thomas Edison State College developed its Polysomnography program with sleep medicine professionals from Capital Health, based in Trenton, N.J.
Capital Health’s sleep center in Hamilton Township, N.J., which is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, is the first site where students will fulfill the clinical component of the program.
The college intends to work with other sleep centers that are accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to offer additional sites where students can fulfill the clinical component of the program.
“Our programs are designed exclusively for adults,” said Devine. “The Associate in Applied Science degree in Polysomnography is designed for polysomnographic technologists and allied health professionals interested in the study of sleep disorders. The undergraduate certificate in Polysomnography is ideal for adults interested in entering the field.”
About Thomas Edison State College
Thomas Edison State College provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One of New Jersey’s 12 senior public institutions of higher education, the College offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 100 areas of study. Students earn degrees through a wide variety of rigorous and high-quality academic methods that can be customized to meet their individual needs. Identified by Forbes magazine as one of the top 20 colleges and universities in the nation in the use of technology to create learning opportunities for adults, Thomas Edison State College is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. The College is home to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy. The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College.