Do you prefer to stay up until 5 a.m. instead of waking up at 5 a.m?
If so, Polysomnography (PSG) might be the career choice for you. Sleep techs work when the rest of the world is snoring through their dreams. If you are looking for an exciting career that will allow you to work on your natural sleep/wake schedule instead of conforming to the 8-5 work day, this might be the path for you.
A college education is expensive, but this short 30-week program at one of the most affordable public universities in the nation is well worth the cost.
The nature of this online program is very different from your standard academic program. Since it is a technical degree, it is difficult to understand the concepts without having access to the equipment and patients. Therefore, you will begin your internship at the very beginning of the program along with your first didactic courses. This means that if we do not have a clinical site under contract for you, you cannot begin any courses until we do. This may mean postponing your entrance for a quarter or two. If we cannot find a clinical site, then you will not be able to enter the program. The following states are exceptionally difficult to find clinical sites: California, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee. In the Salem and Corvallis, Oregon area, it is virtually impossible to find a clinical site, too.
The commitment for your internship is 18 contact hours a week. This translates into one 7 p.m.–1 a.m. shift and one 7 p.m.–7 a.m. shift per week for the first 20 weeks of the program. The last 10 weeks may be different for various clinical sites. Some labs have their night techs score the records as they are produced. Most sleep labs have a daytime tech score the records. If the scoring is done on night shift, then you will continue on nights for the last term but will be required to shift to days when there are daytime naps to run. Please note that your schedule will be arranged at the discretion of the lab. Remember that in only a few short months, it will all be over, and you will have a more regular night schedule once you are employed!
The job of a polysomnographic technologist takes place at night. If you are unsure, then consider conducting the following night job simulation: stay awake all night for 3 nights in a row and sleep during the day. If you are not sick at the end of that period, then you might be able to shift your body’s natural preference for days to nights.
Before you begin, you will need to have all your immunizations in place and have a valid CPR or BLS card. The training must be done in person, not over the internet. You will also need a clean background check.
If you need financial aid, you must apply to the associate program, as FAFSA does not cover the certificate program. If you already have a higher level degree, you will most likely need to obtain private financial aid from a bank or other source.
If you have questions, please contact the program director.