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Sleep Technology for Polysomnography

Career Studies Certificate

Offered only through distance learning

Purpose: This program is designed to prepare individuals, in conjunction with a physician, to perform and interpret sleep studies. The sleep technologist provides comprehensive clinical evaluations and interventions to assist patients in attaining more healthful sleep. Graduates of this program will be eligible to take the registry examination given by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists through several pathways. Applicants should discuss the various pathways with the program head.

Occupational Objectives: Sleep technologists are employed in sleep disorder centers located in medical centers, hospitals, and clinic/office settings. Registered sleep technologists are in high demand across the country.

Admission Requirements: General college curricular admission

Program Notes: This program admits students in the summer session and fall semester. Students must complete an application by January 30 for summer and June 1 for fall. The number of students accepted is based on the number of clinical seats at the clinical facilities and the number of available instructors. When students apply, they select their preferred clinical sites. If the number of applicants for any clinical site is greater than the number of clinical seats, an applicant lottery will be used to fill available seats. 

The Sleep Technology for Polysomnography program requires that students have the following competencies: (1) placement in MTH 126 or competency in math essentials (MTE 1-3) as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units, or equivalent; and (2) competencies in reading and writing as demonstrated by placement in ENG 111 or placement in co-requisites ENG 111 and ENF 3 or completion of a college-level composition course.

A Health Care Provider CPR certification course needs to be completed before clinical rotations. All students are required to submit a completed physical on forms provided by the program; this includes proof of immunizations before beginning clinical courses. Applicants must be free of any physical or mental condition that may adversely affect their performance. Drug testing and college-approved criminal background checks may be required by clinical affiliates at the student’s expense.

All interested potential applicants should review the program information packet found on the reynolds.edu website at the following URL: http://www.reynolds.edu/curriculum/Polysomnography_181-05.aspx.

All courses are offered online with internships at clinical sites. The recommended course sequence below assumes that the student will start and attend sequentially through two semesters. The program must be completed in two years.

Accreditation: The Reynolds Sleep Technology for Polysomnography program is accredited by CAAHEP, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350, www.cahep.org.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information: Please see www.reynolds.edu/curriculum/Gainful%20Employment/GE_Info_221-181-05.aspx to access gainful employment disclosure information for this program.

Progression Policy:

1. Students will abide by the admission and curriculum requirements of the Sleep Technology for Polysomnography program at the time of admission.
2. Once enrolled, students must complete all polysomnography courses in the proper sequence as shown in the catalog and degree plan, or must have the approval of the program head.
3. Final grades below a “B” in a Polysomnography course or a “C” in any other academic course will result in the student not progressing in the program. Students will have to repeat the course in order to progress and graduate.
4. Unsatisfactory clinical performance will jeopardize clinical placement. This determination is made by the clinical instructor and the program head. Action may be taken at any time during the semester or at the end of the semester.
5. In the event a student is dismissed from a clinical affiliate, the student may not continue progressive courses.
6. Only two (2) attempts in any polysomnography course will be permitted without program head approval. An attempt is defined as a course in which a final grade of C, D, F, or W is received.
7. Students requiring hospitalization or sustaining an injury while in the program will be required to obtain a written statement from their physician on official letterhead verifying that their health status is adequate to participate in the clinical environment. Students may not be allowed to return to the clinical area if they are on medications that may interfere with their ability to perform required skills.

Students must complete the program within two (2) years after initial acceptance.
 

CURRICULUM

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

ITE  115

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

BIO 100

Basic Human Biology

3

0

3

HLT 143

Medical Terminology I

3

0

3

PSG 110

Introduction to the Science of Sleep Medicine

1

0

1

PSG 101

Polysomnography I

3

0

3

PSG 190

Coordinated Internship

0

10

2

PSG 103

Polysomnography Record Evaluation

3

0

3

PSG 164 Polysomnography Clinical Procedures I 0 16 4
PSG 2051 Anatomy, Physiology, and Advanced Principles of Sleep 4 0 4
PSG 295 Topics in Polysomnography: Sleep Technology Theory and Practice Integration 1 0 1

TOTAL

21

26

27

Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in Sleep Technology for Polysomnography

27

1RTH 121 and RTH 122 may be substituted for PSG 205, Anatomy, Physiology, and Advanced Principles of Sleep.  

04.22.13