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00002 APSG

Accelerated Sleep Study (Polysomnography Technician)

Polysomonographic (PSG) Technology is an Allied Health Specialty for the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of sleep and daytime alertness. 

The range of sleep disorders is varied but includes disorders such as narcolepsy, sleep apnea, insomnias and many others. PSG technologists operate a variety of sophisticated electronic monitoring devices that record brain activity (EEG), muscle and eye movement, respiratory effort, blood oxygen levels and other physiological events. Technologists are also involved in the evaluation of various treatment methods. PSG technologists are employed in Sleep Disorders Centers, which can be located in medical centers, hospitals or clinic/office settings.

CERTIFICATIONS : CET, CCSP
ESTIMATED SALARY : $51,000–$64,000

Program Objective:

Completing a Sleep Technology Program prepares individuals for sleep technologist certification through an organized, study program. In addition to computer based work, individuals complete 80 hours of lecture and clinical training. The program covers topics involving polysomnographic instrumentation and procedures, patient interaction and monitoring, sleep disorders, data analysis, and reporting and equipment preparation.

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Entry requirements

G.E.D.

Program Schedule

Day Time:
Monday—Thursday 8:30am-3:20pm
Friday 8:30—12:20 Mod. I
Friday 8:30—5:20 Mod II & III
No Friday Class Mod. IV Clinical/9 weeks (40 hrs weeks)

Night Class/30 Weeks Didactic
Monday—Thursday 5:30pm-9:30pm Clinical/9 weeks (40 hrs week)

Credit Hours (Semester) Calculations:

15 Hours of Lecture = 1 Credit Hour.
30 Hours Laboratory Work = 1 Credit Hour.
45 Hours * Externship or Clinical = 1 Credit Hour.

Program Duration

840 Clock Hours

Tuition and Fees

Application Fee (Non-refundable) $50.00
Tuition for Accelerated Polysomnography $3,500.00
TOTAL: $3,550.00
·      3 Week program

*Books are not included in the program and can range from $25.00–$400.00

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Course structure and modules

PROGRAM BREAKDOWN

Course Title Clock Hours
PSG 100 Introduction to History of Sleep 32
HS 100 Law & Ethics 16
HS 101 Anatomy & Physiology 64
HS 102 Medical Terminology 32
PSG 101 Fundamentals of Polysomnography I 64
PSG 102 Fundamentals of Polysomnography II 64
PSG 103 Polysomnography  Patient Care I 64
PSG 104 Polysomnography Patient Care II 64
HS 102 Career Development 16
HS 103 Human Relations 16
HS 104 Emergency Procedure/CPR 16
HS 105 Computer Basics 32
PSG 105 Polysomnography Clinical Applications 360
Total   840

PSG 100 Introduction to Sleep

This course introduces the student to Sleep technology. It provides them with the history of sleep medicine and technology. The student will receive instruction in signs and symptoms of sleep disorders, the scope of practice in Polysomnography and discuss therapeutic modalities in sleep disorder intervention.

HS 100 Law & Ethics

This course is an instruction in principals, procedures and regulations involving legal and ethical relationships between the Polysomnographic technologist, other healthcare team members, and the patient. It also includes current ethical issues as they relate to sleep studies, patient’s rights and confidentiality issues.  Prerequisites: None

HS106 MEDICAL LAW AND ETHICS

This course is designed to help the student understand moral behavior, acceptable standards of conduct, professional relations, and professional organization.  In addition to covering laws pertinent to the health care facility, the course outlines various ethical codes and their current impact on society.  Prerequisites: None

PCT101 ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY FOR PCT

This course is designed to assist the student in understanding structure and function of each of the body systems.
Prerequisites: None

HS101 Anatomy & Physiology

This course is a study in human anatomy and physiology.  Lectures systematically take the student from the microscope level through organ systems with specific emphasis on the nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems.  Emphasis is placed on the brain as it relates to the generation of sleep, the brainwave activity during sleep and the brain/spinal cord control of breathing. Emphasis is also placed on ventilation and respiration during sleep, wakefulness, and in disease.  The benefits and hazard of oxygen therapy will also be covered.  Cardiovascular Anatomy and physiology explores the health and disease of the cardiovascular system as it relates to the respiratory system and sleep disorders.

Prerequisites: None

HS 102 Medical Terminology

This course will consist of learning prefixes, suffixes, root words and combining words as they relate to each body system.

 Prerequisites: None

PSG 101 Fundamentals of Polysomnography

This course provides the foundations for clinical practice in Polysomnography. The student is exposed to interviewing techniques and documentation procedures, patient preparation for Polysomnography hook-up and introduction to electrode placement. The stages of sleep and sleep architecture will be discussed along with the benefits of sleep and consequences of deprivation. The categories of sleep disorders, sign and symptoms associated with sleep disorders, common sleep disorders in infants, children, elderly and major categories of sleep arousal disorders.

Prerequisites: None

 

PSG 102 Polysomnography Patient Care I

This course is designed to provide instruction in areas of patient assessment of vital signs, proper body mechanics and patient assistance. Electrical safety, patient safety, standard precautions, general asepsis and infection control procedures. Students will also receive instruction in summarizing practitioner’s orders. Co-relating the fundamentals of Polysomnography with patient care the student will discuss patient cooperation, site preparation, changes in behavior and the identification of cognitive impairments and special emotional needs.

Prerequisites: None

PSG 102 Fundamentals of Polysomnography II

This course is the continuation of the Fundamentals of Polysomnography I. It builds on the knowledge acquired and expands to the protocols for monitoring, intervention and scoring. The student will identify and distinguish a number of ancillary equipment and devices used in Polysomnography. Appropriately choose ancillary equipment with reference to patient characteristics, referring diagnosis and Polysomnography protocols.

Prerequisites: PSG 101

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PSG 104 Polysomnography Patient Care II

This course introduces the student to the use of specialized instruments to record and measure a number of physiological parameters involved with sleep testing. Students will explore sleep disorders, testing and treatment procedures used to treat sleep disorders, monitoring techniques and therapeutic intervention. Students will also analyze Polysomnography data and explore the protocols for monitoring techniques and therapy intervention. Students will also analyze Polysomnography data and explore the protocols for monitoring, intervention and scoring.

Prerequisites: PSG 101, 102 & 103

PSG 105 Polysomnography Clinical

This course provides laboratory and sleep disorder center experience in Polysomnography, correlating principles taught in the classroom.  The student will receive hands-on instruction and training in the use of special instruments in actual patient interactionand recognition of appropriate response to critical events that may occur in sleep.

Prerequisites: All courses

HS 102 Career Development

This course is designed to help the student prepare for entering the job market in the healthcare field. Topics include professional growth, job search skills and interview skills. Emphasis is placed on formulating a professional resume and rendering a successful interview.

Prerequisites: None

HS 103 Human Behavior

This course is designed to help the student understand the importance of positive human relationships in the medical field, learn different behavioral theories, apply positive interpersonal skills to work and personal situations, and provide techniques to improve learning skills.

Prerequisites: None

HS 104 Emergency Procedures/CPR

This course is designed to teach the student standard CPR Training and Basic Life Support. Prerequisites: None

HS 105 Computer Basics

Computers have become an indispensable tool to the practice of Polysomnography Technology. In hospitals, computers are used to identify insurance coverage and limits, and calculate charges. Hospitals also use various computers for management, graphs, electronic spreadsheets, and communication links. This course explores general computer principles and exposes the student to some of the common computer application programs.

 Prerequisites: None

GRADING SYSTEM

An overall average of seventy percent (70%) is required for graduation and the following represents the equivalencies of the grades assigned.

  • Grades for each course are recorded
  • Grades are earned and recorded as follows:

 

A EXCELLENT 90—100%
B GOOD 80—89%
C AVERAGE 70—79%
F FAILURE 69% AND BELOW
I INCOMPLETE GPA NEUTRAL
W WITHDRAWAL  

 

 

  • An “I” grade may be assigned provided the student is passing the course and has completed a substantial portion of the coursework. The instructor and student complete and sign an “I grade completion form” and agree on the work to be performed and a deadline for completion of the work.  The “I” is changed by the instructor through the grade change procedure.  An ‘I’ grade not changed within three (3) weeks will be changed to an “F” and the course must be repeated.  Withdrawals and repeats do not affect the student’s GPA but does affect maximum periods.

 

Instructors are required to submit to the Director the final grade for each student whose name appears on the “Instructor Grade Report.”  Instructor grade reports are the official record of the students’ grades and are permanently filed at the Ashona Medical Institute.

 

The Student Grade Report at the end of each grading period indicates the student’s academic cumulative average.

 

GRADING PERIODS:

 

  • Progress reports semi-monthly
  • Grades monthly and at the end of all modules