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The ideal Polysomnography Technologist possesses qualities that include being a caring person, people-oriented, knowledgeable in biological sciences, having high ethical standards as well as outstanding critical–thinking and problem-solving skills.
Program Start Term: Fall Semester
Average Class Size: 20
Program Length: 3 Semesters
Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time
Course Availability: Day, Online, & Night Internships
Program Location: Pueblo
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Career InformationPolysomnographic (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 technologists 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.
In Colorado, the median hourly salary for is $23/hour, with a salary range of $18/hour to $28/hour (Salary.com). PCC program graduates have been employed in hospital-based and free-standing sleep centers.
What Will I LearnThis certificate program is the only one of its kind in Colorado. Sleep is as necessary for our survival as oxygen and water. Tens of millions of Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems and there are more than seventy distinct sleep disorders (National Institutes of Health). The program prepares the student with didactic lectures and sleep lab clinical internships to gain entry into the workforce as a polysomnography technologist (sleep technologist). 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.
The following topics are covered in classroom, lab and clinical settings:
Graduates of PCC’s Polysomnographic Technologist Program receive an certificate and may immediately sit for credentialing exams conducted by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists for the following positions:
Our Experienced FacultyThe PCC Polysomnography faculty has over 20 years combined clinical experience as Polysomnography Technologists. Faculty members are trained teachers and Registered Polysomnographic Technologists with expertise in patient care, sleep study interpretation, treatment of sleep disorders and application of sophisticated monitoring and diagnostic equipment.
THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.
The Polysomnography Technologist Program at PCC is young and growing. We are excited to be expanding in Pueblo and to our sister campuses in Florence and Durango. Our equipment is new and state-of-the art. Past graduates have successfully passed their BRPT Registry exams and are currently employed in Pueblo and Colorado Springs.