POLYSOMNOGRAPHY TECHNOLOGY (PT42)

The Polysomnography Technology Diploma Program prepares individuals to work under the supervision of a physician to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. The program includes instruction in sleep related human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and physiology of sleep, respiratory physiology, polysomnographic technology, polysomnographic record scoring with emphasis on sleep staging, respiratory, electromyographic and electrocardiographic events, Positive Airway Pressure and Oxygen treatment, sleep disorders, sleep related medical terminology, 10-20 measurement and technologist related psychomotor skills. Graduates of this program will enter the field as a Polysomnographic Technologist.

This four to five semester diploma program begins Fall semester. The first one to two semesters (depending on course load) consist of required core curriculum. The remaining three semesters are spent in the polysomnographic occupational courses. This program conducts a rigorous curriculum of lectures, labs, and clinical assignments. Clinical rotations are conducted on-site at a variety of hospitals and free-standing sleep disorders centers. Clinical rotations are 10-hour overnight assignments, with little to no flexibility in schedule. Therefore, holding a full-time job while in the program is not encouraged. A total of 210 clinical hours must be documented for completion of the program. However, the requirements of the program can be completed as a part-time job worker. Students are encouraged in advance to discuss with their family, the demanding schedule and overnight hours required to complete this program. Completion of this program is intended to lead to employment as a Sleep Technologist. Before beginning the Polysomnographic Occupational Courses, students are required to successfully complete ENGL 1010, MATH 1012, PSYC 1010, ALHS 1090, and ALHS 1011 with a grade of “C” or above. Students can complete the remaining two required courses, ALHS 1040 and COMP 1000 prior to beginning the occupational classes or while taking PSGT 1111, PSGT 2100 and PSGT 2101. Completion of all courses with a grade “C” or above is required to progress. Students who receive a grade below “C” are considered off-track and will be subject to repeat the course based upon space availability during the next offering.


Program Requirements

Criminal Background Checks – Once accepted into the Polysomnography Program, students will be required to complete a criminal background check. Prospective applicants with a conviction history are encouraged to speak with the program coordinator prior to application submission. Criminal backgrounds may prohibit a student or graduate from gaining employment as a Polysomnographic Technologist.

Drug Screening – Once accepted into the program, students will be required to pass a drug screen. Positive drug screen results will prohibit a student from being placed with a clinical site.

Health Physical – Once accepted into the program, students will be required to complete a health physical and be cleared by a licensed Physician to perform the duties of a practicing Sleep Technologist.

Immunization Record – a photocopy of the student's immunization record(s) will be required for clinical sites.

CPR Certification – a photocopy of a current (and for the duration of all clinicals) CPR Certification will be required for clinical sites.


Diploma Program
Program Length 54 Credit Hours
Education Requirements High School graduate or GED recipient; Minimum age: 18
Entrance Date Fall Semester
Offered Macon Campus

Polysomnography Technology Diploma Curriculum
   

Credit Hours

General Education Core Courses
9
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics
3
PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology
3
     
Occupational Courses
45
ALHS 1011 Structure and Function of the Human Body
5
ALHS 1040 Introduction to Healthcare
3
ALHS 1090 Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences
2
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
3
PSGT 1101 Introduction to Sleep Technology
7
PSGT 1102 Essentials of Sleep Technology
7
PSGT 1111 Polysomnographic Applications
9
PSGT 2100 Polysomnographic Practicum
6
PSGT 2101 Sleep Technology – Special Topics
3
     
 
Total Hours
54