Polysomnographic (Sleep) Technician (Online Option), Continuing Education Workforce Certificate
This course series prepares students to sit for the board certification exam to become a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist or RPSGT. 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), respiratory flow, and effort sensors.
This program provides courses that will fortify the knowledge of the student and allow the student to perform 420 clinical hours at a sleep laboratory while in the program. This academic knowledge and clinical experience allow the student to pass the board exam certification, which will qualify the student to work as a sleep technician in the workforce.
Students entering this program must have a high school diploma or GED. Some experience with college courses is a plus. Students must be prepared to set aside 20 + hours per week for study outside of time in class. This is a challenging program that requires dedication and motivation to complete.
Currently, sleep laboratories in Maryland and throughout the United States are short-staffed and are looking for certified and qualified Sleep Technicians. Many labs are offering a signing bonus or incentives to graduates who are looking for employment. The national average start pay is between $22-$28/per hour to start.
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Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:
- prepare to successfully complete the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist Exam given by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists for the RPSGT Certification,
- demonstrate effective skills to work in a Sleep Laboratory for a 10-12 hour shift and perform a full Night-time sleep study of a patient,
- demonstrate proficiency in reading EEG activity through all of the sleep cycles and recognizing EEG landmarks in a sleeping patient,
- demonstrate the ability to titrate a PAP machine during an overnight study,
- recognize and document the landmarks that determine sleep issues and sleep obstructions,
- troubleshoot sleep equipment malfunctions, and
- create sleep reports and analyze the data with the report.