Polysomnography

The Polysomnography program prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills to critically assess, plan, implement and evaluate clinical care and management of sleep disorders and daytime alertness. 

Students in this program learn to use sleep technology as part of a team, under the general supervision of a licensed physician, by applying a unique body of knowledge and methodological skills involved in the education, evaluation, treatment and follow-up of sleep disorders in patients of all ages. The curriculum includes instruction in performing tests such as the Polysomnogram, PAP Titration Studies, Multiple Sleep Latency Test, Maintenance of Wakefulness Test, Actigraphy, Home Sleep Testing and others used by a physician to diagnose and treat sleep disorders. These tests include the recording, monitoring and analysis of electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG), electrooculography (EOG), electrocardiography (ECG), respiration, blood oxygen levels and other physiological parameters. Testing procedures may involve application and adjustment of therapeutic modalities such as supplemental oxygen or positive airway pressure and include application of techniques, equipment, and procedures that are safe, aseptic, preventative, and restorative. Interpretive knowledge is required to recognize and respond to respiratory, cardiac, or behavioral events that may occur during testing procedures.  Students also learn to provide supportive services related to the ongoing treatment of sleep related problems. The professional realm of this support includes patient instruction on the use of devices for the treatment of breathing problems during sleep and helping individuals develop sleeping habits that promote good sleep hygiene.

Polysomnographic Technologists may be employed in facility-based or private sleep diagnostic and treatment centers, durable medical equipment companies, medical specialty sales, research, and more.

For specific information about potential positions and wages in Polysomnography employment, visit the Central Piedmont Career Coach website.

Polysomnography (A45670)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science Degree – Polysomnography is awarded by the college upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • Complete an admissions application to Central Piedmont.
  • Submit high school transcripts, as well as any college transcripts, to Admissions, Records & Registration.
  • Take required placement tests.
  • Complete any required Developmental classes with a “C” or better.
  • Complete and submit a Polysomnography admissions packet.
  • Complete the TEAS test and submit scores with admissions packet.
  • Applications must present evidence of good physical and mental health appropriate for students to meet the clinical standards of the profession. A physical examination documenting the applicant’s ability to complete all program requirements is required.
  • Students must be selected to enter the Polysomnography program. Upon acceptance and enrollment in the program, students must take all courses as scheduled and sequenced.
  • Continued progression in the program requires a grade of “C” or better in each PSG prefix course in each semester.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Courses section for details.

Refer to Admission Steps for Degree-Seeking or Transfer students from the orange Get Started icon on the college home page.

In any Associate Degree Health Sciences program for which there are more applicants who have completed pre-admission requirements than there are positions, admission points are assigned according to the applicant’s documented record. Criteria for selection includes scores on the TEAS test, past academic performance and experience in the field of interest.

Additional Expenses and Requirements

In addition to tuition and textbooks, costs of this program include: uniforms, and professional shoes, a physical examination including immunizations and drug screening.

Student must provide documentation of both health related and accident insurance.

In order to participate in clinical education experiences at health care facilities, students may be required to submit results of a North Carolina state or national criminal background check at their own expense.  As a condition of program admission, students may be required to verify that they are United States citizens or are otherwise legally authorized residents of the United States. 

All students are required to be certified in Health Care Provider CPR or CPR for Professional Rescuer before entering the Polysomnography program.

Contact Information

The Polysomnography program is in the Health Sciences Division.  For more information, visit the Polysomnography website.  For further assistance, contact the program chair at 704-330-2722, ext. 3179.

Polysomnography (A45670)

General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
ENG 112Writing and Research in the Disciplines3.0
or ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting
MAT 143Quantitative Literacy3.0
PSY 150General Psychology3.0
COM 110Introduction to Communication3.0
or COM 231 Public Speaking
Take 3.0 credits from the following courses:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Cultural Studies
Myth in Human Culture
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Philosophical Issues
Introduction to Ethics
World Religions
Major Reqiurements
PSG 110Intro to Polysomnography4.0
PSG 111Neuro/Cardiopulmonary A&P4.0
PSG 113Polysomnography Instrumentation3.0
PSG 210Polysomnography I7.0
PSG 211Polysomnography II7.0
PSG 112Polysomnography Fundamentals3.0
PSG 114Polysomnography Clinical Education I3.0
PSG 212Infant/Pediatric Polysomnography4.0
PSG 213Case Study/Exam Review1.0
PSG 214PSG Clinical Applications I1.0
PSG 215PSG Clinical Applications II1.0
MED 118Medical Law and Ethics2.0
MED 120Survey of Medical Terminology2.0
BIO 163Basic Anatomy & Physiology5.0
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3.0
Total Credits68

No diplomas are offered in Polysomnography

Courses

PSG 110. Intro to Polysomnography. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the polysomnography profession. Topics include the history of the profession and role of the polysomnographic technologist, communication, time management, infection control, basic patient assessment, and medical gas therapy. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts through written and laboratory evaluations.

PSG 111. Neuro/Cardiopulmonary A&P. 4.0 Credits. Class-4.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides a concentrated study of anatomy and physiology essential to the practice of polysomnography. Emphasis is placed on the physiology of the nervous, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems and basic pharmacological principles. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts through written evaluation.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:

PSG 112. Polysomnography Fundamentals. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the knowledge and skills necessary to manage/function in a polysomnographic laboratory. Topics include recordkeeping, scheduling techniques, creation/implementation of departmental policies, reimbursement, the technologist's role as sleep advocate, and case management/patient education. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts through written evaluation.

PSG 113. Polysomnography Instrumentation. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of sleep technology electrical equipment and recording of bio-electric potentials. Topics include Ohm's Law; common mode rejection; components related to recording bio-electric potentials; function and application of sleep technology equipment; and construct/verify montages. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in polysomnography equipment, instrumentation, recording of bioelectric potential concepts, and ancillary electrical signals through written and laboratory evaluations.

Prerequisites: Take PSG 110

PSG 114. Polysomnography Clinical Education I. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-9.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides orientation to the polysomnography clinical environment. Emphasis is placed on work flows, reviewing patient charts and orders, patient preparation and hook-ups, and proper time management. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate successful completion of polysomnography clinical learning outcomes.

Prerequisites: Take PSG 110

PSG 210. Polysomnography I. 7.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-9.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides entry-level didactic, laboratory, and clinical training in polysomnography. Emphasis is placed on medical terminology, instrumentation setup and calibration, recording and monitoring techniques, and patient-technologist interactions. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts and procedures through written, laboratory and clinical evaluations.

Prerequisites: Take One: PSG 111 or PSG 189

PSG 211. Polysomnography II. 7.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-9.0. Lab-6.0. Work-0.0

This course provides advanced-level didactic, laboratory, and clinical training in polysomnography. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain and evaluate high quality sleep recordings. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts and procedures through written, laboratory and clinical evaluations.

Prerequisites: Take PSG 210

PSG 212. Infant/Pediatric Polysomnography. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the knowledge and skills to perform and score polysomnographic procedures on infants and pediatric patients. Emphasis is placed on infant/pediatric assessment, monitoring, and sleep disorders. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in concepts through written and laboratory evaluations.

PSG 213. Case Study/Exam Review. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an opportunity to review clinical cases and prepare for the polysomnography credentialing exam. Emphasis is placed on case management and review for the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist Exam. Upon completion, students should be able to successfully complete practice exams.

PSG 214. PSG Clinical Applications I. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides practical application of theories covered in previous PSG courses. Emphasis is placed on polysomnography testing and procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence through laboratory evaluation.

PSG 215. PSG Clinical Applications II. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides practical application of theories covered in previous PSG courses. Emphasis is placed on polysomnography testing and procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence through laboratory evaluation.