Polysomnography (Sleep Medicine) Technology Certificate
Polysomnographers perform sleep studies to help physician's diagnosis and treat sleep disorders. They do this by recording data from tests that measure eye movement and brain waves. They must be able to communicate with patients to obtain information regarding their symptoms. Through the use of technology, they observe patients during the sleep study for breathing patterns and body movement. Polysomnographers work in research centers, hospitals, and sleep laboratories.
The Polysomnography Technology Certificate Program can be completed in 3 semesters. Courses are taught in the evenings and on weekends, allowing you the opportunity to work during the weekdays.
Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:
- Explain the realm of polysomnography to the public.
- Use culturally appropriate therapeutic and professional communication techniques with patients and the health care team.
- Conduct polysomnographic studies in accordance with established legal and ethical guidelines.
- Apply knowledge of cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular anatomy and physiology while obtaining and reading polysomnograms.
- Explain human anatomy and physiology as it relates to sleep disorders and how sleep disorders affect anatomy and physiology.
- Apply knowledge of gas laws and electrical physics while obtaining and reading polysomnograms.
- Discuss the major sleep and arousal disorders based on age-specific criteria.
- Use knowledge of polysomnographic research to maintain currency in practice.
- Operate a variety of polysomnographic and ancillary equipment required for obtaining polysomnograms and providing therapeutic interventions.
- Adjust equipment for obtaining a polysomnogram with valid clinical data.
- Discriminate between the impact of pharmacological agents used to treat sleep disorders and those in common use that affect the polysomnogram.
- Apply standard age-specific criteria for scoring polysomnograms.
- Generate an accurate report that integrates abnormal physiological events and sleep stage scoring.
- Evaluate the patient's clinical presentation associated with specific sleep and arousal disorders for determination of appropriate protocols, testing parameters, procedures, and therapeutic interventions.
- Adapt polysomnographic procedures based on the patient's disease process; risk for infection; culture; and special physical, emotional, and cognitive needs.
- Prepare patients for all aspects of polysomnographic testing.
- Respond to patient needs during polysomnographic testing.
- Maintain patient safety at all times.
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The Polysomnographic Technologist field has shown significant growth due to increased public awareness of sleep disorders. Sleep technologists obtain certification through the board examination to acquire the credential of Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT). Those who become certified may choose to work in clinical and research settings, hospitals and sleep laboratories as a certified Polysomnographer. Occupational opportunities include positions in managerial and marketing of sleep centers, product support and sales, public and patient education regarding sleep hygiene, and relaxation counseling.
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The Polysomnography Technology Certificate Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
CAAHEP accreditation certifies the program's substantial compliance with the rigorous, nationally accepted accreditation standards as outlined by the Committee on Accreditation of Polysomnographic Technologist Education (CoAPSG).
Additionally, CAAHEP accreditation is the educational route into polysomnographic technology that is a recognized pathway into Sleep Technologist Licensure in Maryland and in Washington, DC.