Polysomnographic technology is an allied health specialty for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. There are over 80 different sleep disorders including sleep apnea, narcolepsy and insomnia.
Students will learn how to operate sophisticated electronic monitoring devices which record brain activity (EEG), muscle and eye movements, blood oxygen levels and physiological events. Polysomnography technologists are employed in sleep disorders centers in hospitals, clinics and office settings. This program will provide lectures, laboratory and clinical experiences at quality sleep centers. A major emphasis of the program will be to prepare technologists for board registration by the Association of Polysomnographic Technologists.
It is highly recommended that interested applicants tour a sleep center and observe a polysomnogram (sleep study) prior to beginning the program.
All Polysomnography courses are taught at the Knox Campus Center for Health Sciences Campus. Enrollment is limited.
Note: Students may not register for discipline-specific courses until their major has been changed.
Note: Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to Tennessee Residents.
Program Application Deadline
June 15. Late applicants may be considered on a space-available basis.
Criminal Background Checks
Criminal background checks and drug screening may be a requirement at affiliated clinical sites utilized for training in the Polysomnography Program. Based on the results of these checks, an affiliated clinical site may determine to not allow your presence at their facility. This would result in your inability to successfully complete the Polysomnography Program. Students will be responsible for the costs of the background check. Additionally, a criminal background may preclude licensure or employment. More information is available from your program director.
Students will be required to meet all health guidelines of affiliated clinical agencies. Personal health insurance may be required by some agencies. Students are highly encouraged to carry personal health insurance and are responsible for costs incurred due to injury or illness while enrolled. Students will be responsible for the cost of the physical examination and required immunizations and/or testing.
Students will be required, during the course of the program to demonstrate their physical and/or emotional fitness to meet the essential requirements of the program. Such essential requirements include freedom from communicable diseases, the ability to perform certain tasks, and suitable emotional fitness. Any appraisal measures used to determine such physical and/or emotional fitness will be in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disabilities Act of 1990. Students will be required to meet all health guidelines of the affiliating agencies. Students are responsible for cost incurred from injury or illness while in the Polysomnography Program.
Students’ grades will be evaluated at the end of each semester by the Program Director. A student must maintain the following standards or he/she will be dismissed from the program:
The RSCC policy of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions applies to all students regardless of the program in which they are enrolled. In cases where alcohol and drug violations occur, disciplinary action, as well as the decision whether to test for alcohol or drugs, will be processed through the Dean of Allied Health Sciences and the office of the Dean of Student Services and Multicultural Affairs.
A student must request readmission after a grade of “D” or “F” is received in a core course or after withdrawal from the program at any time during the semester.
A student may be considered for readmission to the program if all of the following criteria are met:
|1st Fall||Hours||Term Taken||Grade|
|PSG||104||Sleep Disorders Diagnosis and Treatments||4|
|Oct||Meet with Faculty Advisor
Complete Application for Graduation
|Nov||Register for next term|
|PSG||107||Polysomnographic EKG Interpretation||3|
|Jan||Complete FAFSA if you plan to continue after certificate|
|Mar||Meet with Faculty Advisor
Complete Clinical Preparation Requirements
|April||Register for next term|
|Jun||Begin job search using RaiderRecruit|
|TOTAL CERTIFICATE HOURS||29|
1PSG 125 Clinical II is offered both in the Spring and Summer terms, but students only need to take the course once.
2 May be completed prior to or at any time during the program.
Students pursuing this certificate will be advised by the Allied Health Sciences Division. Students wishing to pursue an A.A.S. Allied Health Sciences with an emphasis in Polysomnography should contact their advisor. A certain number of credit hours in each program must be completed in order to meet the graduation residency requirement. Contact your advisor for the requirement of your program.