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Sleep Technology
Associate in Applied Science

Curriculum code 1370

This program prepares students for careers as sleep technologists. Sleep technologists are health-care professionals who work as part of a team under the general supervision of a licensed physician to assist in the education, evaluation, treatment and follow up of sleep disorders patients. The scope of practice of sleep technologists enables them to work in sleep centers, laboratories for sleep related breathing disorders, home environments, and non-facility-based settings under the direction of the sleep specialist. This program includes instruction and experience in polysomnographic recording procedures, application of positive airway pressure and oxygen, sleep scoring, patient care and education, pediatric sleep, sleep disorders, and sleep center management.

This two-year program begins with the fall term and includes four semesters and one summer session. This program conducts a rigorous curriculum of lectures, labs and clinical assignments. Clinical rotations are conducted onsite at a variety of hospitals and free-standing sleep centers. Clinical rotations are 10 to 12 hour overnight assignments, with little to no flexibility in scheduling. Holding a full-time job while in the program is strongly discouraged. Completion of this program is intended to lead to employment. If you are considering transferring to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor’s degree using the courses from this program, make an appointment with an academic advisor to review your options.

Nature of Work—Sleep technologists assist sleep specialists in the assessment, testing and monitoring, diagnosis, management and care of patients with sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, REM behavior disorder, narcolepsy, and insomnia. Most sleep technologists work 10 to 12 hour night shifts. This career choice should be made after careful consideration of the nature of the job and the student’s desire and ability to work the night shift.

Related Job Titles—Sleep Technologist, Polysomnographic Technologist, Neurophysiology Technologist- Sleep

Employment Outlook—Millions of people annually are tested in sleep centers and limited accredited educational programs exist nationwide. Employment opportunities for qualified sleep technologists are excellent.

For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center in the Student Services Center, S202, (708) 974-5737, www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.

Accreditation—This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) on the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Polysomnographic Technologist Education (CoAPSG). For more information visit www.caahep.org, and www.coapsg.org

Program Entry RequirementsThe polysomnography program begins only during the fall semester and has special admission requirements and limited enrollment. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all admission requirements are met and all documents and scores are submitted on time. Only complete application files will be reviewed for admission.

Criminal Background Checks—Once accepted into the Polysomnography Program, students will complete a criminal background check. Prospective applicants with a conviction history are encouraged to speak with the program coordinator prior to application submission. Criminal backgrounds may prohibit a student or graduate from gaining employment as a Polysomnographic or Sleep Technologist. For information on criminal background application procedures, contact the Career Programs Subdivision office at (708) 974-5708.

Certification—Program graduates are eligible to take the comprehensive board for registered polysomnographic technologist examination to earn the credential Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT)

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