Polysomnographic Technology | Mercy College

Polysomnographic Technology

Program Information

Polysomnographic Technology is a healthcare field that utilizes diagnostic tests known as sleep studies (polysomnography) to diagnose and treat sleep disorders. Sleep studies are used to gather extensive data concerning an individual’s physiologic activity while sleeping. Sleep technologists are the healthcare practitioners who perform and help interpret these studies. They provide data and make recommendations to physicians specifically trained in sleep medicine so that patients can receive appropriate therapy to treat discovered sleep disorders. The program is designed to train polysomnographic technologists to work as part of a healthcare team under the general supervision of a licensed physician to assist in the education, evaluation, treatment and follow up of sleep disorders in patients of all ages. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for a national examination offered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) to become credentialed as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of the certificate program students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate behaviors reflective of the entry-level cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) competencies required in polysomnography.
  2. Display responsible, ethical and professional patient care.
  3. Employ components of effective communication.
  4. Apply an understanding of scientific and mathematical concepts to polysomnography situations.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to solve problems and think critically.

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