Polysomnographic technologists perform sleep diagnostics working in conjunction with physicians to provide comprehensive clinical evaluations that are required for the diagnosis of sleep disorders. By applying non-invasive monitoring equipment, the technologist simultaneously monitors EEG (electroencephalography), EOG (electrooculography), EMG (electromyography), ECG (electrocardiography), multiple breathing variables and blood oxygen levels during sleep. Interpretive knowledge is required to provide sufficient monitoring diligence to recording parameters and the clinical events observed during sleep. Technologists provide supportive services related to the ongoing treatment of sleep related problems. The professional realm of this support includes guidance on the use of devices for the treatment of breathing problems during sleep and helping individuals develop sleeping habits that promote good sleep hygiene.
There are two different curriculum options in Polysomnography. The first is an AAS that begins in the fall semester. Admission to the program is based upon completion of all minimum requirements as listed in the application packet through student services. The second is a certificate option where applicants must have a minimum associate degree in an allied health field from an accredited college or university; successfully completed coursework in human anatomy and physiology; and current Basic Life Support (BLS).
Yes. The exam is called the Comprehensive Registry Examination for Polysomnographic Technologists and is administered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists. Upon successful completion, the R-PSGT credential is awarded.
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Employment opportunities for technologists are abundant and expected to continue to grow in the coming years. This growth is due to the increasing awareness of the ability to diagnose and treat sleep disorders and the risks posed by a sleep disorder that is undiagnosed and untreated. Sleep centers may be located in hospitals or independent, free-standing sleep testing facilities directed by board certified sleep physicians.
Sarah Hoffman Shelton REEGT/ RPSG
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