Jan 26, 2023
The Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science (NDSS) major allows current practitioners to continue their professional development, while learning new skills in an increasingly important and rapidly expanding segment of health science.
The emphasis of the curriculum is to enhance and advance the student’s professional career in neurodiagnostics and sleep sciences with additional education skills in critical thinking and creative problem solving needed for key leadership, educational, and management positions. The curriculum offers specific professional coursework in advanced methods and monitoring, program administration, and clinical outcomes evaluation. The program culminates in a capstone experience that is developed around the students’ specific professional interest area.
This degree program is offered online through the Office of Distance Education and the Department of Kinesiology in collaboration with the Department of Allied Health Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill.
Additional Admission Requirements
Students seeking admission into this program must meet the following minimum admission eligibility requirements:
- Current registration as a RPSGT or R.EEG T. by the Board of Registration of Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) or the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET) (Note: The NDSS program begins in the Fall semester. Students who are graduating in May and will be taking their registry exam (and will have results before classes begin in August), may also apply.)
- A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above from a degree program that is from a regionally accredited institution. The degree must be one of the following:
- AS or AA
- AAS in either Polysomnography, Neurodiagnostics Technology or Respiratory Therapy
- Bachelor degree
- Training in sleep technology
- A minimum of a C in all coursework taken by the end of the semester prior to the semester for which application is made.
Students must first apply for admission to the University, and then make a second application to the UNC Charlotte Distance Education Office. The final program admission decision is made by the NDSS program faculty. Applicants are competitively reviewed for admission based on their application and cumulative GPA in all college transferable coursework. Satisfactorily completing the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. After evaluating the credentials of all applicants meeting the minimum academic requirements, the selection committee offers admission to students whose credentials demonstrate the highest level of academic achievement. Students are admitted in one cohort in the Fall semester, in which applications are accepted through May 15. Students are accepted directly into the program as a NDSS major. Applications are available from the Distance Education Office. Admission decisions are communicated in writing by the department. Applicants who are denied admission may reapply.
Transfer Credit (up to 64 credit hours)
General Education Courses (0 credit hours)
For details on required courses, refer to the General Education program . Students with an acceptable AAS degree are granted a general education waiver, with the exception of the Writing Intensive (W) and Oral Communication (O) requirements satisfied within the NDSS major.
Foundation Courses (up to 46 credit hours)
Students will receive up to 46 credit hours through credit by examination after successfully completing NDSS 3101 with a grade of C or above. The difference between the number of credits transferred through the associate degree and those earned in the major will constitute the number of hours awarded by the credit by examination procedure.
Major Courses (38 credit hours)
*Students may be awarded up to 46 credit hours by examination upon successful completion of NDSS 3101 with a grade of C or above. Students will also need to take various elective courses in order to fulfill the 120 hours needed to graduate.
Unrestricted Elective Courses
Drug Testing and Criminal Background Checks
Students in a professional program (i.e., a clinical practicum such as NDSS 3405 ) may be asked by a clinical facility to undergo drug testing and/or have a criminal background check before being allowed to participate in a clinical experience at that facility. Students are responsible for the cost of drug testing and criminal background checks. All NDSS students must meet the University’s immunization and health status requirements.
Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours
For all required courses for the NDSS major, students must receive a grade of C or above to be considered successful.
For details about the Honors Program in Kinesiology, visit the program page .
For the suggested course sequence toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at academics.uncc.edu. Consultation with an advisor is required each semester.