Polysomnographic Technician School and Training

Polysomnographic technicians use their knowledge of sleep to collect data and make scientific observations. Learn about polysomnographic technician school and training opportunities. Schools offering Allied Health degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Polysomnographic technicians help sleep specialists diagnose and treat sleeping disorders. These technicians use polysomnography, a diagnostic test that monitors the physical and neurological activities of a sleeping patient, to collect data about patients' sleeping habits.

Courses Diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, physiology of sleep, medical terminology, neuroanatomy, polysomnogram interpretation, and basic respiratory care techniques
Degrees Associate's and polysomnography certificate
Online Options Course management, clinical assignments or internships

Where Can I Find a School?

Polysomnographic technology programs are usually found in technical and community colleges. Most schools adhere to the standards of the national registry exam for the profession, which is administered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists. Some schools that offer certificates or 2-year degrees in polysomnographic technology include:

  • GateWay Community College
  • Collin College
  • Mercy College of Ohio
  • Delaware Technical Community College
  • Genesee Community College
  • Central New Mexico Community College

What Are the Training Programs Like?

Training programs in polysomnography are most commonly offered at the certificate and associate's degree levels. The curriculum in certificate programs provides a specialized study of polysomnography, with all coursework dedicated to the field. Associate's degree programs require that you complete polysomnography and general education coursework. The majority of certificate and associate's programs also require completion of clinical assignments or internships. Many schools require that you obtain CPR or basic life support certification and clear a criminal background check before participating in clinical experiences.

Courses you are likely to take in a polysomnographic technology program include:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Fundamentals of sleep
  • Introduction to sleep medicine
  • Sleep study instrumentation

Is Online Learning an Option?

A few schools offer polysomnographic technology certificate and associate's programs in a distance-learning format. In these programs, you'll use a course management system to watch live or recorded lectures, submit assignments and interact with your peers. In-person attendance for clinical labs and internships is usually required.

What Are the Job Duties?

As a polysomnographic technician, you would set up testing equipment and ensure that patients are safe and comfortable. You would also keep detailed accounts of the collected data and record your personal observations of each patient. Sleep specialists interpret this information to make diagnoses and establish a care plan for each patient.

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