Polysomnographic (Sleep) Technologist, Continuing Education Certificate

This course series prepares students to sit for certification to become a registered Sleep Technologist.  Sleep Technologists work overnight and collect data using polysomnograms that measure bioelectrical sleep activity.  They acquire and analyze signals from electroencephalograms (EEG), electrocardiograms (EKG), electromyograms (EMS) and respiratory flow and effort sensors.

Program objectives

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will earn a CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Students will be prepared to take the national certification exam through the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

 

Certifying Organization:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

www.caahep.org

727-210-2350; FAX: 727-210-2354

25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida, 33763

 

Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologist exam cost is $450. The cost for the first registry test is included in the course series cost.

Gainful Employment

http://www.ccbcmd.edu/migrate/gainfulemployment/polysomnographic%20technician.html

Financial Aid and Payment Options

  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development
  • Pell Funding:  Eligible for grants and college loans.  Go to www.fafsa.gov to apply for Federal financial aid.

Program Length

12-15 months

Courses start in July at CCBC Hunt Valley (evenings and weekends), in September/October at CCBC Essex (evenings and weekends), and in February at CCBC Randallstown (evenings and weekends).

Program Requirements

Information and Orientation Sessions

Mandatory: Students are required to attend an orientation after provisional acceptance into this course series.

 

Requirements:

High School Diploma or GED; computer literate; and Internet access.

HIPAA Training, CPR and First Aid classes REQUIRE 100% attendance. Students arriving late to class will not be admitted. Late arrival to, or early exit from, class will also result in a failing grade and no refund. Students will then be required to retake the class at their expense

Students must have the following paperwork turned in to the coordinator PRIOR to clinicals:

Negative PPD (six months) or negative chest x-ray less than one year old

Positive titer or proof of vaccination/immunity for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella

Current Flu vaccination

Hepatitis B vaccination or declination form

Tetanus shot (less than ten years)

Copy of health insurance card

Copy of high school diploma or GED

Clinical eligibility is in part dependent upon a criminal background check and random urine drug testing. Cost of testing is the responsibility of the student. Go to http://precheck.com/ for more information.

Application Process

Provisional Entry - The Sleep Technologist program requires the following application and acceptance process:

1. New Students: Call CCBC Registration at 443-840-2222 or 443-840-4700 to apply for a CCBC Student Identification (ID) number. Application cost is $10.00. After receiving your ID number, proceed to Step 2 below.

2. Go to https://shwa.ccbcmd.edu/ to retrieve your user name and create a password.

3. Go to https://ccbcmd-bb.blackboard.com/ to access the online application.

4. Enter your User Name and Password.

5. Click the "Course" tab at the top of the page. You will see the application course for your area of study on your list: Sleep Technology Series Application - AHC 379

6. Click on the application course and read the instructions on the first page.

7. You must submit the following items by the cutoff date – 'Assignments' in Blackboard - to meet all of the requirements for the application:

  • Application (2 pages)
    • Must be submitted as a .doc, .docx or .rtf
  • Scanned copy of one or more of the following:
    • High School Diploma or other proof of completion
    • GED
    • College Transcript
    • Other requirements for specific areas of study as detailed in Blackboard

8. Check the Blackboard "Gradebook' for admissions decision approximately 10 days after the submission deadline.

9. Plan to attend the mandatory orientation for your series as detailed on Blackboard.

 

Application timeframes:


 Course series starting in July:   March 1 – May 1
 Course series starting in September/October: June 1 – August 1
 Course series starting in February:  October 1 – December 1

Program Course Sequence

HIPAA Training, CPR and First Aid classes REQUIRE 100% attendance. Students arriving late to class will not be admitted.  Late arrival to, or early exit from, class will also result in a failing grade and no refund. Students will then be required to retake the class at their expense.

 

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Costs

T=Tuition/F=Fees

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

Module 1:

 

 

 

​AHL 140 ​Essential Skills for the Health Care Professional ​20

​$179

T-$90/F-$89

​Handouts and Online

AHE 534

Medical Terminology for Health Occupations

30

$329

T-$147/F-$182

A Short Course In Medical Terminology 3rd Edition; 9781451176063; $59.09

AHL 133

Introduction to Polysomnography

40

$299

T-132/F-$167

Handouts

 

AHL 101

 

Sleep Patient Intake Skills

 

20

$329

T-$147/F-$182

Handouts

AHE 106

Clinical Observation

40

$369

T-$110/F-$259

None

 

 AHL 719

 

HIPAA Training Online

 

 

$109    

T-$21/F-$88

Handouts online

WOS 064

Basic Math for Health Care Workers

10

 $145  

T-$55/F-$90

Handouts online

AHE 805

CPR For Health Care Providers

7

  $109       

T-$52/F-$57

None

Module I Totals:

 

171

$1868

T-$754

F-$1114

$59.09

Module II:

 

AHE 672

 

Anatomy and Physiology Online

30

$355   

T-$159/F-$196

The Human Body in Health and Disease; 6th (or latest) edition; Patton  and Thibodeau; Elsevier (soft cover); ISBN 9780023101243; $70.35

AHE 577

Pharmacology

20

$275     

T-$119/F-$156

 

Essentials of Pharmacology for Health Occupations; 7th;  9781285077881; $103.95

AHE 802

Basic EKG Training

20

$425   

T-$220/F-$205

Hussar's Basic Dysrhythmias and Acute Coronary Syndromes; Fourth Edition; 9780323039741; $75.70

AHL 099

Polysomnographic Technology Training (includes 5 practicum classes)

56

$1089

T-$110/F-$979

1) Essentials of Polysomnography Bundle; ISBN 9781284059595; $180; and

2) Fundamentals of Sleep Technology; ISBN 978145133208; $165

​AHL 102 ​Sleep Clinical Internship – NPSG 100​

$549

T-$220/F-$329

 

​Online materials

Module II Totals:

226

$2693

T-$828

F-$1865

$595.00

 

Module III:

AHL 702

Neuromuscular Anatomy and Pathophysiology

32

$610  

T-$220/F-$390

 

Online materials

AHL 703

Cardiorespiratory Anatomy and Pathophysiology

32

$610  

T-$220/F-$390

 

Online materials

​AHL 100 ​Positive Airway Pressure Techniques

40​

​$469

T-$165/F-304

​Handouts online
​AHL 103 Clinical Internship - Day/Scoring ​100

​$549

T-$220/F-$329

Online materials

Module III Totals:

204

$2238

T-$825/F-$1413

$0

Module IV:

​AHL 098

Sleep Staging & Scoring Guidelines

40

​$479

T-$165/F-$314

Online materials

AHL713

Polysomnographic Clinicals

80

$866

T-$220/F-$646

None

AHL 104

Sleep Clinical Internship – Titration

100

$549

T-220/F-$329

None

AHL 134

BRPT Board Exam Preparation for CAAHEP

40

$229

T-$99/F-$130

None

Module IV Totals:

260

$2123

T-$704/F-$1419

$0

Course Series Totals:

861

$8922

T-$3111

F-$5811

$654.09

 

Additional Information

Course Substitutions:

​Medical Terminology AHE 534 can be substituted with OFAD 141, or ALHL 115, or AHL 717.

Anatomy and Physiology AHE 519 can be substituted with AHE 672, or AHL 715, or BIOL 109, or BIOL 220 and BIOL 221.

HIPAA AHC 360 can be substituted with AHL 719 or AHC 356.

Basic Math WOS 064 can be substituted with AHL 716 or MATH 083.

 

Additional Expenses:

​Course Series: Students are responsible for the cost of all medical testing, background check, drug screening, and scrubs/uniforms.  These expenses total approximately $800.

 

Post-Course Series: Licensure is obtained through the Maryland Board of Physicians at a cost of $200.  This cost includes registration of your certification and license as an Allied Health Care provider through the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  Sleep Technologists must be certified and licensed to work in the State of Maryland.

 

Skills for Success:

See the Technical Standards at the end of this document.

 

Career Opportunities:

There is currently a large shortage of sleep technologists in the state of Maryland due to certification and licensure regulations. Regulations currently state you must participate in a CAAHEP accredited program to receive certification in MD.

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Program Contact Information

Coordinator:                           Rachel Newman Waddy         rnewmanwaddy@ccbcmd.edu 443-840-1655         Essex, HTEC 013C

Administrative Assistant:        Nancy Laubach                   nlaubach@ccbcmd.edu             443-840-1819        Essex, HTEC 013

Technical Standards

Technical Standards for CCBC's Sleep (Polysomnographic) Technologist Training Series
The primary goal of The Community College of Baltimore County's Polysomnographic Technologist Series is to adequately prepare students for an entry-level position in the sleep medicine field.  Sleep Technicians are critical staff in preparing for and conducting the actual sleep studies.  They also play a vital role in the reading and scoring of studies before they are reported to physicians.

The duties of a sleep tech require the ability to stay focused on a variety of patients/equipment during ten to twelve hour night shifts. They need to exercise safe practices while exposed to unpleasant sights, odors, materials, and communicable diseases.  Their duties also require them to be detail oriented and to have strong human relation skills. A high level of manual dexterity, psychomotor skills, and integrity are vital. 

Following is a partial listing of the types of skills usually required for adequate job performance:


Physical Requirements:
A. Sufficient strength and mobility to: 

  • Lift and position patients as needed.
  • Move swiftly within close quarters 
  • Lift up to 50 pounds without assistance
  • Move quickly among tasks in different areas of the sleep center
  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Stand for periods of one hour or more
  • B. Fine motor coordination sufficient to perform precise and delicate tasks such as:
  • Set up equipment such as EKG and EEG machines requiring excellent manual dexterity in both hands
  • Perform a variety of tasks requiring strong eye-hand coordination
  • Record medical information into an electronic record system

C. Adequate vision to:

  • Read physician or lab orders
  • Read small numbers on thermometers, sphygmomanometers, or other equipment 
  • Read printouts (electronic or paper) of sleep equipment
  • Recognize patterns on EEG/EKG and other machines/equipment
  • Read small print as found on medication labels
  • Read instruction sheets and computer screens

D. Sufficient hearing to:

  • Hear and understand verbal instructions under noisy conditions from masked personnel
  • Sufficiently record breaths, heart rate or other sounds in noisy conditions
  • Hear equipment sounds that indicate need for attention (beeps, buzzers)
  • Respond to audible alerts from patients


Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism:
A. Have the ability to: 

  • Work in a professional manner as a member of a medical team in stressful situations
  • Remain calm and perform as trained during emergency and life and death situations
  • Interact in a professional manner with many personalities and attitudes and with people from many different backgrounds
  • Respect and protect patient rights and confidentiality without regard to personal beliefs and judgments
  • Maintain proper certifications required to perform the duties of the profession
  • Work shifts as assigned, which may include on-call, holidays, and weekends
  • Respond professionally to patients, colleagues and physicians in all circumstances
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic (reliable, dependable, strong attendance)
  • Demonstrate ability to be detail oriented and work with little direct supervision


B. Sufficient communication skills to:

  • Give and receive accurate written and verbal instructions
  • Carry out all written and verbal instructions
  • Follow proper channels of communication 
  • Communicate in a calm and professional manner
  • Accurately interpret the patient's needs 
  • Communicate clearly and effectively to any team member
  • Provide patient/public education 


Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability To:

  • Exercise independent judgment to properly care for patients
  • Accurately utilize all resource material available to perform tasks assigned
  • Accurately identify, calculate dosage, and transfer medications
  • Work calmly and efficiently in stressful situations
  • Maintain calm during emergency situations
  • Perform duties while exposed to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights, odors, and materials 
  • Accept feedback from others 
  • Complete program requirements
  • Competently operate computers and medical equipment used in sleep medicine

 

Environment Requirements:
Sleep Technician work involves risks and/or discomforts that require special safety precautions including, but not limited to:

  • Wearing gowns, caps, masks, gloves, and eye protection
  • Providing proof of recent immunizations against infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Receiving Hepatitis B vaccine and annual testing for exposure to tuberculosis
  • Submitting to periodic drug screening
  • Being exposed to bio-hazardous materials (blood) on rare occasions