For those with a passion and interest in sleep medicine, a new opportunity now exists as UNC Charlotte begins to offer the world's first bachelor's degree in neurodiagnostics and sleep science.
Starting in the fall of 2012, students can begin enrolling in the online coursework that is offered by the College of Health and Human Service's Kinesiology Department in collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill's Department of Allied Health Sciences.
According to Dennis McElhoe, director of credit programs at the university, the course "will provide an opportunity for current practitioners to continue their professional development, while learning new skills in an increasingly important and rapidly expanding segment of health science."
The need for skilled and qualified practitioners in the realm of sleep medicine is great. Moreover, sleep is a growing field with a vast array of sleep disorders as well as new diagnostic techniques. Established and developing therapies to improve sleep also make it an exciting and interesting endeavor.
Students must have already completed an associate's degree and should enjoy analysis and problem solving with sound professional judgment. The course lasts 38 hours and includes a practicum and internship. Graduates will be able to teach at the community college level or would be highly desirable in positions at sleep centers and in research.