Polysomnographic (PSG) Technologists (sleep technologist) operate a variety of sophisticated monitoring devices, which record brain activity (EEG), muscle and eye movements, respiration, blood oxygen levels, and other physiologic events. Technologists are also involved in the evaluation of various treatment methods.
PSG technologsits are typically employed in sleep laboratories located in medical centers, clinical/office settings, or free standing sleep labs. Some technologists transition into management and marketing of sleep centers, product sales and support, and public and patient education regarding sleep disorders.
Due to growing awareness of sleep disorders and the dramatic effects they have on everday life, the need for polysomnographic technologists is on the rise. Although most technologists work at night, those specializing in scoring sleep studies, creating reports for physician interpretation, management, marketing and sales work during the day.
Currently, the average polysomnographic technolgist can expect to earn a yearly salary between approximately $38,000 and $43,000. Polysomnographic technicians with advanced training and experience are now making a median salay of around $47,000 annually.
The certificate program prepares the student with didactic lectures and sleep lab clinical internships to gain entry into the workforce as a polysomnographer. The field of polysomnography (PSG) involves the complex evaluation of many physiological parameters during sleep to produce a quantitative “sleep study”. PSG evaluations are necessary to document sleep disorders and to assist physicians in identifying sleep issues and the appropriate treatments The disruption of proper sleep can complicate or cause many chronic disorders and conditions. Upon graduation the graduate will be immediately eligible for the BRPT (Board of Registered Polysomnography Technologist) exam. The Polysomnography Technologist qualities include being a caring person, people-oriented, knowledgeable in biological sciences, an ethical, crucial-thinker and strong problem solver.
The program is three semesters long, and begins every fall semester. An application process to enter the PSG program is required, and this application process begins every spring semester.