Polysomnographic Technology | Mercy College

Polysomnographic Technology

This program is offered:
location Toledo Campus

This credit certificate program is designed in a three semester format beginning in January of each year (spans Spring, Summer, and Fall terms), which allows the student to complete the required 28.5 credit hours in one year. Currently, classes are set up in a Tuesday/Thursday format to allow students to schedule work and outside interests more easily. Courses include both lecture and lab, providing students with both the knowledge and hands-on experiences required to be successful in the field of polysomnography. Students are also required to complete a clinical practicum in both the second and third semesters, beginning at 7pm and going into the night, sometimes until morning (when people generally sleep).

This program was designed to specifically prepare students for immediate employment in the field and to sit for the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) examination as administered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT). As a polysomnographic technologist, you will enjoy being part of a team in a career that offers both flexibility and growth.  (This program is approved by the Higher Learning Commission and Ohio Board of Regents.)

What will my role be in healthcare?
You will be trained to collect medical histories, perform patient hook up, monitor physiologic readings and make appropriate adjustments, and score sleep studies to help to ensure the accurate diagnosis and treatment of a variety of sleep disorders. You may also be called upon to educate patients about the use of various types of equipment to treat their sleep disorder.

What do Mercy College Polysomnographic Technology students say about the program?

All the teachers cooperate with one another and you don’t feel like just a number in a huge lecture hall. - Logan

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I like the program because the professors seem to really care about the students. - Hope


What environment will I be working in?
As a Polysomnographic Technologist, you will work in sleep disorder centers, preparing patients for sleep studies, monitoring patients during studies and recording results. Some senior technologists may spend all or part of their time scoring sleep recordings, performing daytime tests or managing a center, but most technologists work nights. Typical shifts are three to four 10 to 12 hour shifts per week.

What are the credentialing requirements?
Completion of the Polysomnographic Technology Certificate program prepares the student for the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) exam, as well as the newly minted Registered Sleep Technologist (RST) exam. This exam was created as competing credential to the RPSGT. Currently, the new credential is not as widely recognized as the RPSGT credential; however, exam fees and credential maintenance fees are much lower. See the BRPT website at www.brpt.org for more information on the RPSGT and/or the ABSM website at www.absm.org for more information on the RST exam. Both credentials recognize the Mercy College of Ohio PSG Technology Program as a viable pathway to their exam.
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