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					                                   Polysomnographic Technology Program
                                        Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take me to complete this program?
This credit certificate program is designed in a three semester format, which allows the student to complete the
required 28/29* credit hours in one year. *One credit computer course required if computer assessment not passed.

What is my schedule going to be?
Classes are set up in a Tuesday/Thursday format to allow students to schedule work and outside interests more easily.
This format will vary slightly when students begin the Clinical Practicum in both the second and third semesters where
clinical will begin at 7pm and go into the night, sometimes until morning (when people generally sleep). On Tuesdays,
classes are from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and on Thursdays, classes are from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Breaks between classes
vary on each day.

What does the coursework consist of?
In the first semester, students will take Anatomic and Physiologic Consideration of Sleep, Fundamentals of Sleep and
Essentials of Polysomnography, as well as Medical Terminology, an online course. Students may also be required to take
Introduction to Keyboarding and Computers if a computer assessment is not passed.
In the second semester, students will take Polysomnography Analysis, and Respiratory Monitoring, as well as the first
Clinical Practicum.
In the third semester, students will take Advanced Topics in Polysomnographic Technology, Polysomnographic
Technology Capstone Seminar, and the second Clinical Practicum.

When and where are clinicals available?
At this time, clinical sites include sleep centers located within the Mercy system at St. Anne in Toledo and St. Charles in
Oregon. In the second semester, the clinical practicum consists of 90 hours. Clinical times are from 7 p.m. to 1am or
2:30 a.m. In the third semester, the clinical practicum consists of 180 hours. Clinical times are from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

What is a typical day like for a Polysomnographic Technologist?
Most polysomnographic technologists work in sleep disorder centers, preparing patients for sleep studies, monitoring
patients during studies and recording results. Some senior technologists may spend all or part of their time scoring
sleep recordings, performing daytime tests or managing a center, but most technologists work nights. Typical shifts are
three to four 10 to 12 hour shifts per week.

What certification exam does this program prepare me for? When and where is this exam offered?
Completion of the Polysomnographic Technology Certificate program prepares the student for the RPSGT (Registered
Polysomnographic Technologist) exam. The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) offers this
online exam during four testing windows per calendar year, usually in March, June, September and December. The fee
for this exam is $350. The RPSGT credential is the highest available in the field of sleep technology.

How does this program compare to other pathways to becoming an RPSGT, such as A-STEP programs?
There are 4 pathways to becoming an RPSGT, according to the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.
This program fulfills the BRPT Pathway #3, which is the only pathway that doesn’t require work experience in the PSG
field. After completion of the program, students will immediately be eligible to sit for the certification exam, no work
experience required!
A-STEP programs, which are included in Pathways #1 and #4, are altogether different than certificate programs, such as
the one offered here at Mercy. Pathways #1 and #4 allow individuals who already have work experience in the field but
are not credentialed health professionals (RN, RRT, etc.) to become eligible to sit for the exam. Pathway #3 provides
credentialed health professionals with PSG experience, the opportunity to take the exam.

More information on back.
What is the job market outlook for Registered Polysomnographic Technologists?
Sources both inside and outside the field of polysomnography indicate that this is a rapidly growing occupational field,
due to the increasing awareness, diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Potential area employers indicate that
several positions may be open over the next three year period.

How much does a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist earn?
According to the American Association of Sleep Technologists 2007 Survey, the starting salary in the Midwest region for
a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) ranges from $18.63 to $26.95 per hour, or between $42,918 and
$61,389 per year. Starting wages for a polysomnographic technician (prior to passing the RPSGT exam) range from
$15.66 to $23.23 per hour, or between $39,129 and $45,682 per year.




Sources of Information
http://www.mercycollege.edu/continuing-education/
http://www.brpt.org
AAST Salary and Benefits Survey, May 2007

				
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