This 10 month certificate program offers current theory, procedures, and protocols in sleep study polygraphs. The Polysomnographic Technologist program graduate is able to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of sleep and daytime alertness that include: narcolepsy, sleep apnea, insomnias, and others. The program prepares the graduate to set-up and operate a variety of sophisticated electronic monitoring devices that record the quality and pattern of sleep. The Sleep Study monitors physiologic events such as: brain activity (EEG), muscle and eye movement, respiration, blood oxygen levels, and heart rate. Students acquire their skill sets through a mixture of online learning, discussion, simulated exercises, lab work, and clinical practicum. Although much of the learning occurs online, the student will be required to attend labs at RVCC, and clinicals at various sleep centers.
The College has obtained designation as a Focused Educational Provider or Sleep Technology Approved Resource (STAR) for the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT). This designation provides the pathway for our polysomnographic certificate students to apply for the national board certification examination and become certified or registered polysomnographic technologist.
Admission to the program will be competitive so a recent High School graduate may be at a disadvantage. The High School graduate would need a high GPA, be working in the health field and/or have Math and/or Science college credits (Running Start credits) to increase their chances of acceptance
The field of Polysomnography (Sleep Studies) is a rapidly expanding area of health care. The expected increase throughout the United States by 2018 is 26%. Professional medical practice and insurance guidelines require sleep disorder centers to have access to a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist before they can process the data and return the study results to the physician. This program will supply those professionals.
There are approximately 20 sleep centers in Vermont and New Hampshire with more starting each year. There are 7,000 people nationwide are employed as Polysomnographic Technologists, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This number is expected to increase as more Americans seek help for their sleep disorders. In the job posting site, Indeed.com there were 411 jobs posted nationwide.
Upon completion of the program the graduate will be able to: