Polysomnographer Schools and Training Programs

Polysomnography, the study of sleep and treating sleep disorders, has a growing impact in the world of medicine. Read on to learn more about education programs and certification options. Schools offering Allied Health degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

You can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Polysomnography or complete a certificate program from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs; some programs might also be accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Associate's degree and certificate programs can prepare you for national certification examinations.

Courses Neurophysiology, sleep data gathering, research analysis and infant polysomnography
Programs Must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP)
Degrees Associate of Applied Science in Polysomnography
Certificate Certificate in Sleep Technology for Polysomnography

Where Can I Find Programs in Polysomnography?

Degree programs in polysomnography or sleep technology are found mostly at community or technical colleges. Graduates are typically awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree. These programs contain both classroom studies and clinical experiences. Some schools that have accredited programs include:

  • Thomas Edison State University
  • Pitt Community College
  • Lenoir Community College
  • Genesee Community College
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College

What Courses Will I Take?

Along with anatomy and physiology courses, you may learn about the instrumentation used in sleep disorder diagnostics, such as an electrocardiogram to measure cardiac performance and electroencephalogram (ECG) to measure brain activity during sleep. You can study the nature of various sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy, sleep apnea and insomnia, learning sleep therapies and pharmacological treatment methods.

Some specific courses found in the curriculum of polysomnography programs include:

  • Infant/pediatric polysomnography
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Medical terminology
  • Polysomnographic technology

What Clinical Work Will I Participate In?

Your academic training may allow you to gain clinical experience, assisting in the treatment of patients and conducting sleep research studies, through which you learn aspects of staging and data gathering, measuring breathing, electroencephalogram (EEG) and ECG readings, eye movement, blood-oxygen levels and muscle activity. You may be required to pass basic cardiac life support training or advanced cardiac life support.

Do I Need to Be Licensed?

Less than half of the states in the U.S. require licensure for professional polysomnographers. According to the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST), only 12 states and Washington D.C. have a Polysomnography Practice Act that outlines specifics about licensing and certification. State licensure may require professional certification as a technician or a technologist.

Which Certifications Are Available to Me?

In order to obtain the Certified Polysomnography Technician (CPSGT) credential, you need to be certified in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), obtain at least three months of full-time clinical experience and pass the CPSGT examination. The Registered Polysomnography Technologist (RPSGT) credential requires you to complete a degree or certificate program, possess BCLS certification and obtain professional experience. You also need to complete continuing education coursework to maintain your credentials for state licensure.

Both of these certifications are offered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT). The American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) offers the Registered Sleep Technologist credential. Eligibility requirements may include holding the RPSGT credential, 6 months to 3 years of experience in a sleep center, or graduation from an accredited program.

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