Polysomnographic technologists prepare patients for procedures, obtain medical histories, and perform diagnostic sleep studies. They develop a good rapport with their patients and comfort them and treat problems encountered during the recording procedure, which can last 8 hours for an overnight sleep study. They act as eyes and ears for specially trained doctors who later review and interpret the data. Considerable individual initiative, reasoning skill, and sound judgment are expected of the polysomnographic technologist.
Polysomnographic technologists may work in hospitals, sleep labs, home settings, or physicians’ offices.
The program may take 4-5 semesters, depending on a student’s coursework. Polysomnography classes are held during the day and students are expected to participate in classroom, laboratory and clinical rotations. Clinical rotations occur during evening hours. Polysomnography is offered in a hybrid (online and seated) format. A total of 288 clinical hours are required in the program. Upon completion of the Polysomnography program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the registry exam offered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT).
Carefully read the information below regarding background checks, drug testing, and the result of a negative background check. Applicants may only use CastleBranch, a background screening and compliance management company, for background checks/drug screenings.
The Polysomnography program begins in the Fall Semester. Admission to the program is based upon receipt of the CVCC application for admission in student services. Completion of all minimum requirements, as listed on the attached “Minimum Requirements” sheet, the number of vacancies in the program, and the competitive selection process. To begin the admissions process, complete the CVCC Application for Admissions and return it to the College.
College tuition is set by the North Carolina State Legislature and is subject to change. The current tuition, activity fees, insurance, and books for the program will be approximately $7,000. This figure is an approximate cost. Students will also have additional expenses for the program, which are shown on the enclosed cost sheet.
All applicants are encouraged to apply for financial aid. To determine eligibility, an applicant must first complete the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid”. For information on financial aid and scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Office at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4214 or 4450.
For more information about the Polysomnography program, contact:
Sabrena Rosenbalm MS/RPSGT
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4619
For questions regarding admissions requirements, contact:
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4216