The Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science Bachelor's Degree Program is offered by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's Department of Kinesiology, with collaborative coursework offered by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Department of Allied Health Sciences.
The program is a degree completion program and is offered via distance education. Students do complete a practicum during the summer and an internship during the final semester of the program. The practicum and internship will be setup at a facility local to the student when possible and must be approved by the NDSS program director. Please note that the first cohort of students (enrolled Fall 2011) are required to complete the practicum at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC, during the 2012 summer session. Please contact Mary Ellen Wells with questions about housing and practicum dates.
The Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science program prepares graduates with the knowledge, competence, and adaptive skills to fulfill educational, professional and leadership positions in the field. This program is the first of its type in the nation and even the world.
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.
Neurodiagnostics and sleep technology are advancing and expanding faster than ever before. There is a national shortage of qualified technologists in these fields and a demonstrated need for advanced professionals. Advanced NDSS roles require significant levels of analysis, problem solving, and professional judgment. This is not a degree to learn to use technology, but to use technology as a vehicle for developing philosophical approaches to physiology. Unique courses teach ways of thought and logical approaches to cross physiology, education, and management.
Graduates of the NDSS program will hold influential positions in clinical, educational, and research settings. They will use their professional knowledge and critical thinking skills to address problems such as misdiagnosis and health care fraud and to create and maintain cost-effective practices for North Carolina and the nation. In particular, NDSS graduates will
- Be prepared to lead in electrophysiological fields (laboratories, hospitals, industry, colleges)
- Problem solve individually and in teams addressing unique issues arising in the health care arena involving the overlap of electrophysiology, laboratory science, management and education
- Be prepared to teach at the community college level in electrophysiological areas
- Further innovation and knowledge in the realm of sleep medicine and neurodiagnostics
- Create and promote policy that improves cost-effective quality practices
- Be well prepared for additional advanced degrees
Employment opportunities include hospitals, specialized sleep and epilepsy labs, private practice, educational institutions, research facilities, and equipment design, sales, and manufacturing companies.