Polysomnography Admissions Information and Resources

Information Sessions

All prospective students are strongly encouraged to attend one of the Polysomnography Information Sessions. The Polysomnography information sessions are held to provide prospective students an opportunity to hear the information first hand and understand the nature of the program. You do not need to sign up to attend any of these sessions. PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, most of the sessions are held at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring (TP/SS) campus in the Health Science Center (HC). Physical Address: Health Science Center Address: 7977 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910. See the campus map and directions

 Information Sessions Schedule

Fall 2019
Location: HC 121
Monday, September 16, 3:00 p.m.

Location: HC 120
Monday, October 28, 3:00 p.m.
Monday, November 18, 3:00 p.m.
Monday, December 9, 3:00 p.m.

Spring 2020

TBA

Summer 2020
TBA 

Special Admissions Information

Admission to Montgomery College is open to all; however, the health sciences programs are selective application-based program. Visit the Health Sciences Admissions page for complete details, including special admissions requirements and the health sciences application. 

FAQs

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 Certificate Program is an exciting three semester program providing the student with a solid foundation of classroom, lab, and clinical training to perform diagnostic testing in the study of sleep. Upon Accreditation, this Program can prepare students for sitting for the national board for Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSGT).

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 the respiratory system and electrical biopotentials 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 polysomnograms 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.
The Polysomnographic Technologist performs a vital role in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. The 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.
With insomnia and other sleep and arousal disorders on the rise, it is expected that the expansion of sleep centers will continue to occur. The obesity epidemic, alone, will account for a substantial rise in patients needing to have sleep studies related to the co-morbidity of sleep apnea. Additionally, the high stress experienced by those who live and work within the metropolitan Washington, DC-Baltimore-Frederick area contributes to other sleep disorders that will need to be assessed and treated.
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The 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 the State of Maryland as well as in Washington DC.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
http://www.caahep.org 
The first thing you want to do is complete a Montgomery College Admission Application with a non-refundable $25 fee. From there, you will want to either have your official SAT, ACT, or TOEFL scores sent to the Admissions Office or you will want to sign up to take Montgomery College placement assessments. After you take the placement test, you will have your scores given to you at an Advising session. If you have already completed college level coursework, you will want your official transcript sent to the Admissions Office. In either situation, your next step will be to attend a Polysomnography information session.
Prerequisites are the minimum criteria that you must meet so that you are allowed to submit an application. Priority courses go above the prerequisites and make you a competitive candidate. However, at this time, this program does not have priority courses but may choose to do so in the future. You must be eligible to take ENGL 101 or ENGL 101A and READ 120.
For admission requirements, see Health Sciences Admissions. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Fall Admissions.
Yes, you can. The same application is used for all the health science programs, however for filing purposes it is best to complete one application per program. In order to have the best chances of getting in, make sure to pay attention to any variations in pre-requisites.
Your GPA is calculated based on grades earned in the semesters in which your most recent 24 college level credits were attempted (ALL credit bearing classes are counted, including AELP grades). If you have not completed 24 college level credits, then high school records will be included in this calculation.
The health sciences admissions staff in the Admission Office will calculate GPAs.
We can not answer this question because every semester is different. The GPA that is needed depends on the number and pool of applicants that we receive each semester.  Basically, you need to know that the minimum GPA is 2.5 and our programs are competitive so you will want to be as high as possible. There are no guarantees for getting into the program.
Students are charged per credit hour. Credit hours have different rates depending on student residence. Check the tuition and fee schedule for rate fees. Once you are accepted into the program, if you live in Maryland, the courses that are specific to the program (PO) are calculated at the in county rate. View the Health Sciences Financial Aid workshop to learn more about financial aid options.

Note this does not include courses that have other designators outside of the program (ie. BIOL, PSYC, SOCY, MATH, or ENGL).
This information can be obtained at the program information session. To attend the next information session, check the website for times and dates.
Once you start the actual health sciences program, it will typically take one full year to complete the certificate program.
Although we can not forbid you from working while enrolled in the health sciences program, all of the programs are a full-time commitment and require out of class work. In order to best prepare you for the field, students are highly discouraged from working full-time while in the program.
The Polysomnography Program courses are held in the late afternoon/evenings and on Saturdays.
All applications are received and processed by admissions. Please call 240-567-1615 to check if your application was received.
Jomo Nkunika, MSHCA, BS, CCSH, RPSGT, RST
Polysomnography Program Coordinator
Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus
Email: jomo.nkunika@montgomerycollege.edu
Phone: (240) 567-5801

Completion and Success Rates/Program Outcomes

Placement and Graduation Rates
Graduation Year Number of Student Admitted Number (percent) of students 
admitted who graduated
 Number (percent) of admitted students who passed the BRPT national credentialing exams  Number (percent) of students employed or furthering their education
2015  9  6 (67%)  100%
6 attempted, 6 passed
(100%)
5 employed
1 still in college
2014 0 0 (50%)
2 attempted
1 passed 
Program did not run during this year
2013   3   3 (100%)   (71.4%)
7 attempted
5 passed 
3 (100%)
2012  8   6 (71%)  (77 %)
13 attempted
10 passed 
5 (83%)
2011 12 10 (80%)  None attempted  7 (70%)
2010 12 12 (100%)  None attempted  11 (91.7%)

Data updated on 01/04/2016

BRPT Pass Rate

The National Board (BRPT) Exam Pass Rate information is reported by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists. Data reflects the number of students who passed on first attempt as well as all successive attempts (ultimate pass). The data does not allow us to see which cohort the test takers came from.

Employment Rates

To the best of our knowledge, the number and percent (%) of qualified graduates who are employed within 6 months of passing the national board exam. Some states including the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia require licensures for employment. However, some states do not require the RPSGT credential or license for one to work. In earlier years, graduates were able to work without the RPSGT credential.

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