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Polysomnography

Program Description

Polysomnographic (PSG) Technology is an allied health specialty for the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of sleep and daytime alertness. The range of sleep disorders is varied but includes narcolepsy, sleep apnea, insomnia, and many others. PSG technologists operate a variety of electronic monitoring devices that record brain activity (EEG), muscle and eye movement, respiration, and blood oxygen levels. Technologists also help evaluate treatment methods.

ACC was the first college in the state of Texas to offer an associate of applied science degree in Polysomnography technology. Presently, only two colleges in the state offer this degree. The associate of applied science degree program prepares and qualifies students to take the national examination given by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM).

The programs are approved through the Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Educations (CoA-PSG): 6 Knoll Pine Drive, Beverly, MA 01915-1425. Phone: 774-855-4100 coapsg.org

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Associate of Applied Science Degree
Polysomnography.............................................60 credit hours

Advanced Technical Certificates
Polysomnography...............................................40 credit hours

To learn more about the Polysomnography/Sleep Medicine Program, call 281-756-5655.


Program Requirements

Associate Degree

  • To be considered for admission to the Polysomnography program, the applicant must:
    1. Make application to Alvin Community College and fulfill the admission requirements.
    2. Make application to the Polysomnography program by Nov. 1.
    3. Submit official transcripts from other colleges attended with application.
    4. Complete pre-requisites before January start date.
    5. Interview with the Program Director.
    6. Student cannot currently be on suspension or academic probation.
    7. Student must have current CPR certification - AHA Health Care Provider (will be taught in HPRS 1310).
    8. Full acceptance into the program is dependent on a negative criminal background check and a clear drug screen.
    9. Students must have proof of  medical health insurance.

Advanced Technical Certificate for those with a Minimum of Associate Degree in Health Care Field & Proof of State Licensure &/or Credentials

  • To be considered for admission to the Polysomnography program, the applicant must:
    1. Make application to Alvin Community College and fulfill the admission requirements.
    2. Make application to the Polysomnography program.
    3. Have an Associate Degree in a Health Care field.
    4. Submit official transcripts from college where above degree was granted.
    5. Submit appropriate state licensure and/or credentials.
    6. Interview with the Program Director.
    7. Student must not be currently on suspension or academic probation.
    8. Student must have current CPR certification - AHA Health Care Provider.
    9. Full acceptance into the program, is dependent on a negative criminal background check and a clear drug
    10. Students must have proof of  medical health insurance.


Career Opportunities

Due to the growing public and clinical awareness of sleep disorders and the dramatic effects they have on everyday life, the need for polysomnographic (sleep) technologists is on the rise. Sleep technologists can choose to work in a variety of clinical and professional environments. Hospital or free-standing sleep centers, doctor offices, colleges/universities as well as medical manufacturers all utilize the professional expertise of highly trained sleep technologists. Many sleep technologists have gone into business for themselves developing and operating private sleep centers or sleep study evaluation centers. Opportunities exist for sleep technologists to work from home while evaluating sleep studies generated at other facilities. Current salaries for a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist are in the range of $46-$75K+. With recent changes in the field, projected incomes are expected to rise dramatically in the next five years.

Additional Resources

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For more information, call:

Georgette Goodwill RPSGT,R.EEG.T, RDCS, RVT
Program Director Polysomnography, Alvin Community College
Room S249
Tel. 281-756-5655
Fax. 281-756-5606
ggoodwill@alvincollege.edu

Alvin Community College
3110 Mustang Road • Alvin, TX 77511
281-756-3500

For accommodations: 281-756-3531
TDD: 281-756-3845



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