Darton State College Catalog 2013 - 2014 - page 293

faculty to determine acceptability and placement in the program. Previously completed
professional courses may be accepted or may need to be repeated at the discretion of
the faculty. Students who fail more than one Polysomnography course (this may be two
different courses or the same course twice) will be dismissed from the program and will
not be re-accepted. Students who fail a clinical practicum must repeat both the clinical
and courses covering that content.
4. Students are required to maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA in order to graduate from the
program and Darton State College.
5. The Polysomnography Program reserves the right to discontinue, at any time, the
enrollment of a Polysomnography student if, in the judgment, of the Vice President for
Academic Affairs and the Polysomnography Faculty, the student does not appear to
have the necessary qualifications for a career as a Polysomnographic Technologist.
Refer to the program handbook for more information.
6. The student must abide by the policies and procedures of the Polysomnography
Program as defined in the Program Handbook.
7. The student must abide by the policies and procedures of the Polysomnography
Program as defined in the Program Handbook.
8. The student must possess the essential physical and mental functional requirements
for the profession in the categories of visual acuity, hearing, physical ability, speech and
manual dexterity.
Visual Acuity
Accommodation: Corrective Lenses
a. Distinguish scalar markings on instruments calibrated in increments of 1mm.
b. Visually identify positions of analog controls and digital displays on medical
equipment in low light conditions.
c. Identify correct placement of monitoring leads and correct setup of medical
d. Identify and distinguish visually between normal and abnormal waveforms
used in patient monitoring.
Hearing Acuity
Accommodation: Auditory Aids
a. Indirect measurement of blood pressure with a stethoscope.
b. Ability to hear patients through auditory monitoring devices.
Physical Ability
Accommodation: Minimal impairment of extremities and lower back
a. Ability to use and move equipment including but not limited to the following:
Flow meters, mechanical oxygen concentrators, large and small medical gas
cylinders, PAP machines, computers and computer components.
b. Assist patients of limited mobility to and from bed and other areas, move
patients to adjust monitoring devices, etc.
c. Provide CPR and other emergency life support assistance as needed in a safe
and timely manner.
Speech Ability
Accommodation: None Known
a. To be able to interview patients and ask questions about the patient’s
condition, history, medications, current level of symptoms, and communicate via
intercom during testing.
b. To communicate information verbally and nonverbally to others in an
appropriate and timely fashion.
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