The course of study for a Polysomnography Technologist is a 60 credit hour (5 semesters) Associate of Applied Science Degree. A 39 credit hour (4 semesters) post-graduate certificate is available for students having a minimum of an Associate’s Degree in a health care field. Students may choose to exit the Associates Degree at 53 hours to receive a level two Certificate. Both the program and the Committee on Accreditation of Polysomnography recommends the attainment of an Associate’s degree. The program prepares students for the credentialing examination from the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) upon graduation.
Polysomnography is a specialized diagnostic area in which patients are studied through electroencephalogram monitoring, oxygen saturation, electrooculography, electromyography, flow measurements, respiratory inductance and electrocardiogram monitoring. The field has evolved from hospital based locations to multi-center locations and is evolving into the home polysomnography study arena. Initially studies revolved around the obese elderly patient but has grown into geriatric, middle-age, teenage, pediatric and neonatal populations. The studies are recorded and scored by Polysomnographic Practitioners and Physicians. Polysomnographic Technologists are instrumental in the diagnosis, therapeutics, and monitoring of the polysomnographic patient. The field requires the ability to utilize technology, critical thinking in the administration of positive pressure and evaluation and analysis of multi-channel diagnostic parameters. The field is quickly growing due to the growth in patient base.The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities.
Upon acceptance into the program, students must submit a record of current immunizations required by the Texas Department of Health. Criminal background checks may be required by clinical facilities. The background check will be processed through the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
Completion of the polysomnography program does not guarantee eligibility to take the RPSGT exam administered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT). The BRPT will consider individuals with histories of conviction; mental illness and/or chemical dependency on an individual basis after submitted applications are reviewed and determine if the applicant meets required qualifications.
The polysomnography program is planning to begin the program with the first cohort in the Fall of 2014. Prerequisite courses must be completed one semester prior to the semester in which the student wishes to begin the program. In addition to the system admissions requirements, the following are requirements for the polysomnography program: