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The 2018-2019 Polysomnography program begins on June 25, 2018. The program takes place during Summer, Fall, and Winter term. Check Program Bulletin for current application details.

LBCC's Polysomnographic Technology Program begins during Summer term every year starting in June. It runs for 3 terms total (Summer, Fall, and Winter), and is comprised of three different elements: online coursework, in-person labs, and a 270-hour total clinical practicum experience.

There are a total of 24 spots available in this program and accepted students move through the training together as a cohort.

Learn

Classes for the Polysomnography program are predominantly held online. On occasion (estimated every 2 weeks during term) students will be required to come to LBCC's main campus for in-person Saturday labs and practical examinations.

Students in this program receive hands-on experience in preparing patients for sleep studies in a clinical setting. They receive specific training in how to communicate with patients and staff effectively, common disease states related to sleep disorders, and the technical ins and outs of how to prepare and read sleep study data. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) exam to become certified sleep technicians. In addition, students take a class focused on job search skills and resume building specific to the sleep technology field in order to prepare them for work after the program has concluded.

Instructors in this program are trained polysomnographic technologists, prepared to teach with the experience and acumen to help students succeed in a sleep clinic setting. Instructors are readily available throughout the online program via email, Zoom, and Skype.

The following courses are required as part of the Polysomnographic Technology program:

SUMMER TERM   Credits
PSG 102 Basic Polysomnography 4
PSG 103

Polysomnographic Patient Care

5
PSG 211 Fundamentals of Sleep Monitoring Equipment 5
PSG 207 Therapeutic Modalities 2
FALL TERM    
PSG 204 Clinical Sleep Disorders 4
PSG 205 Advanced Polysomnography 4
PSG 215 Polysomnographic Scoring and Analysis 5
PSG 221 Current Topics in Sleep Medicine 2
WINTER TERM    
PSG 208 Preparation for RPSGT Exam 2
PSG 221 Job Success Skills 2
PSG 297B Polysomnography Practicum 9
  TOTAL CREDITS: 44

Experience

As a part of this program, students will complete a 270-hour total clinical practicum in a sleep clinic located in the Willamette Valley. LBCC partners with clinical sites throughout Oregon in order to give students the best experience possible. This work experience is essentially an extended job interview: students are expected to behave professionally and responsibly in the clinical setting. In addition, this experience is an excellent way for students to begin networking in the Polysomnography community.

The clinical portion of this program takes place during WInter term. Students must complete at least 270 hours of clinical work in order to graduate. In addition, students must maintain a C average or better in all of their classes in order to remain eligible for their clinical practicum.

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education (CoA PSG).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to properly prepare polysomnographic equipment and supplies for use in the sleep lab to industry standards.

  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to properly place and secure polysomnographic sensors and electrodes within two hours time.

  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to properly input sleep study and technical information into clinic computer with no errors.

  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to properly perform all-channel equipment calibrations to industry standards.