The Polysomnographic Technology program is designed for students preparing to sit for the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) examination offered through the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT). While completion of our Polysomnographic Technology certificate program is sufficient to sit for the exam, the AAS may provide a pathway to higher education or career advancement. This AAS is also available to students who are currently RPSGT’s looking for a pathway to higher education or career advancement.
Polysomnographic Technologists perform and score overnight sleep studies which lead to identification and treatment of sleep disorders. The large majority of a PSG tech’s work is completed overnight. Along with sleep studies, work includes much patient interaction and patient education.
About Our Program
|Degrees offered within the polysomnographic technologies program...
Oregon Tech’s Polysomnography program was the first of its kind and continues to lead the way in Polysomnographic education. Our graduates exceed a 95% pass rate of the national board exam (RPSGT) – far above the national average of less than 65%. Graduates have not struggled to find employment and are well prepared for careers in the growing field of sleep.
Students are trained by highly skilled technologists across the nation. Clinical coursework is completed in a fully-equipped accredited sleep lab in or near the student’s residence rather than a typical classroom lab setting.
After obtaining the RPSGT credential, students may also want to consider the Clinical Sleep Health program or the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management.
Students complete 540 clinical hours (18 credits) at an accredited sleep lab. The first 360 of these hours are typically completed on night shift, followed by 180 hours on day shift. Students can expect to spend 18 hours per week at a sleep lab for 30 weeks (or 27 hours per week for 20 weeks).
Use the listing of accredited labs provided by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to select your top two lab choices. Before submitting your Eligibility Verification Form, call or physically visit the sleep lab in which you are interested for your part-time clinical night rotation. Ask the supervisor of the lab if he/she would be interested in taking you as a student for your part-time clinical rotation. Let him/her know that you will need to do about 20 night hours per week for your first two terms, then 20 day hours per week in your third and final term. Also let him/her know you would be eligible to sit for the BRPT registry exam upon completion.
If the lab is interested, list the lab supervisor’s name, phone number and email on your Eligibility Verification Form. Also list contact information for an alternate sleep lab. Once you are admitted, the Program Director will work to secure a contract with a lab.
Occasionally, a site is unable to contract with us. Unfortunately, you cannot enroll in the program if an appropriate facility is not secured. (This is rare in most areas.) On average, it takes about 3 months to secure a clinical contract so please factor this into your expected term of entry. If there are fewer than 3 months left to the start of the term, please apply for the next available term.
Once all required certificate courses are completed, students must meet with an instructor for one day, either in Oregon or Ohio, to complete final written and practical exams. During this day of testing, the instructor will help students prepare for the RPSGT exam. Please plan for this time of travel.
Who is Eligible?
Applicants to this program must meet Oregon Tech’s admission criteria. Admitted students should have a valid BLS or CPR card and access to current immunization records.
A criminal background check must be completed prior to clinical placement. We will review your results electronically. Go to www.castlebranch.com.
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