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    Program Coordinator
    Sarah Josephson

  • Did You Know?

    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.

  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: Fall Semester

    Award: Certificate

    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 Information
    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 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 Learn
    This 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:  

    • Normal sleep and sleep disorders;
    • Positive airway pressure therapy;
    • Oxygen therapy;
    • Cardiac and respiratory anatomy and physiology;
    • Neuroanatomy and physiology;
    • Hook-up and monitoring of physiological signals (including brain waves, eye movements, muscle activity, oxygen levels);
    • Pulse oximetry and capnography;
    • Sleep study scoring and interpretation;
    • Patient care and education and ;
    • Sleep center management and marketing.

    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: 

    • Certified Polysomnographic Technologist
    • Registered Polysomnographic Technologist

    Our Experienced Faculty

    The 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.