A polysomnographic technologist is a multi-skilled professional who works under the general supervision of a physician or designee to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. The polysomnographic technologist records and analyzes the related data, reporting their technical findings to the physician to aid in rendering a medical decision. The learning concentration of the program is geared toward the specialties of sleep, medicine, respiratory, neurology and behavioral sciences. This program consists of on-campus didactic instruction and lab, as well as off-campus "hands-on" clinical application at our affiliated health care institutions. Degree: Students may apply credits toward the Respiratory Care or Electroneurodiagnostic program, or meet with an academic counselor to determine if credits apply toward an Associate of Technical Studies degree.

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This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • Applications may be submitted after meeting all requirements listed below.
  • High School Diploma/GED.
  • MATH-0955 Beginning Algebra or appropriate score on Math Placement Test.
  • BIO-1100 Introduction to Biological Chemistry with "C" or higher" or CHEM-1010 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry and CHEM-1020 Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry with "C" or higher.  
  • BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I (or BIO-2330) with "C" or higher.
  • GPA required: 2.00 admission requirements; 2.00 overall.
  • Two observation visits required (see details in application packet).

Other Information

  • 15 students accepted per year.
  • Admissions requirements may be repeated only once to improve a grade below "C".
  • Accepted applicants must attend a group information session prior to Summer Session.
  • Criminal background check required.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Educate the patient on sleep and sleep disorders and explain the procedures and equipment that will be used during testing within scope of practice.
  2. Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology, neurophysiology, cardiopulmonary, sleep and basic math in order to observe, gather, analyze, and document physiological parameters before, during, and after a sleep procedure.
  3. Set-up, calibrate, monitor, and trouble shoot hardware. Run sleep software to acquire accurate and artifact free data while maintaining safety.
  4. Observe patients, data, and equipment to react appropriately and safely.
  5. Explain general lab management procedures.
  6. Meet the educational requirements for registry eligibility for the RPSGT exam.
  7. Communicate verbally with members of the healthcare team and patient's family members (or care takers when appropriate) according to established guidelines.
  8. To be able to work independently as well as a member of a healthcare team; to ensure proper test and patient safety.
  9. Act professionally, according to the Board Registered Polysomnographic Technical Code of Conduct and established institutional guidelines.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Summer StartCredit Hours
BIO-1100 Introduction to Biological Chemistry 1 3
BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
END-1310 Cardiopulmonary Physiology of Sleep 3
END-1410 Beginning Polysomnography 2
MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics (or higher) 2 3
 Credit Hours15
First Semester
BIO-2341 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
END-1421 Intermediate Polysomnography I 2
END-142L Intermediate Polysomnography I - Lab 1
END-1934 Polysomnography Directed Practice I 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours13
Second Semester
END-1430 Intermediate Polysomnogaphy II 3
END-1440 Neurophysiology of Sleep 2
END-2934 Polysomnography Directed Practice II 3
 Credit Hours8
 Total Credit Hours36