The Sleep Technology program allows students to learn about sleep, sleep disorders and the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to become a sleep technologist. The curriculum includes cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology, normal and abnormal sleep, and diagnostic and therapeutic techniques performed by sleep technologists. Students also learn about sleep as a public health issue, evidence-based practice, and advocacy.
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.
Outcome Assessment (Positive Placement)
Positive placement means the graduate is employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing their education and/or serving in the military.
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 13 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.
If you are considering obtaining an associate's degree or transferring to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using courses from this program, make an appointment with an academic advisor to review your options.
Several states require a license; Illinois currently does not. There is a national credentialing examination given by the Board for Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, the BRPT, which earns you the credential RPSGT. Most area employers require this credential. Our curriculum has been developed to be in line with the examination content. For more information about the BRPT, visit www.brpt.org. Once you have successfully completed the program, you are eligible to take the examination.
Millions of people annually are tested in sleep centers and limited accredited educational programs exist nationwide. Employment opportunities for qualified sleep technologists are excellent.
Sleep Technologists are required to work overnight shifts, and as students of this program, you will be required to attend clinical rotations during the overnight hours two nights per week. Efforts will be made to accommodate clinical requests, but students need to be willing and able to travel to any of the clinical sites, as it is not possible to accommodate all requests.
Careful consideration of your ability and willingness to work the night shift is recommended before beginning this program. This is a very time-intensive program that will disrupt your sleep-wake schedule. Courses are offered in the evening and overnight hours, and the program itself is considered full-time in terms of the total number of hours of classroom, lab and clinical time. Students are required to attend two 10 to 12 hour overnight clinical rotations per week in the first spring semester, and additional overnight rotations throughout the second year of the program, in addition to classes on campus. Working a full- time job while in clinical will create a level of sleep deprivation that is dangerous for the student and the public.
In addition to attending 10-13 hour overnight shifts, Sleep technology students must meet the following technical standards in order to successfully complete the program and function in the capacity of a technologist.
- Use digital fine motor skills with both hands continually throughout the shift. Tasks include writing, measuring, connecting small pieces of equipment, assessing pulse and blood pressure, attaching equipment to patients.
- Help patients in and out of beds and chairs.
- Stand and walk to and from patient care areas throughout the shift.
- Push and pull heavy objects such as recliners, beds, wheelchairs, and computers.
- See clearly enough to read hand-written and computer generated communication. Be able to view small objects clearly on a computer screen continuously for extended time periods, i.e. six hours. See clearly enough to connect small pieces of equipment.
- Hear patient voices, equipment alarms, intercom sounds, and telephone rings and voices clearly enough to understand them.
- Interact appropriately, and communicate clearly with patients, physicians, peers, and supervisors.
- Function safely and effectively in stressful situations and seek assistance when needed.
- Apply safety and infection control standards required to maintain a safe and clean environment for patients, staff, and self.
- Maintain proper dress code and personal hygiene required for close contact with patients and others.
- Earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in each required career course
- Have transportation to and from the clinical affiliates
- Complete a physical exam and provide up-to-date immunization records
- Successfully complete a criminal background check and drug screening
- Have health insurance
- Have a current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR card. (Note: Moraine Valley offers CPR for Health care Provider training through the Workforce Development and Community Services Department. The course number is AH8-039. Students are financially responsible for the CPR training required. For more information on CPR for Health care Providers, contact Aurora Zwick, Workforce Development, at (708) 974-5735.)
The Sleep Technology Associate in Applied Science program 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.
Documents to be Submitted for a Complete File
- Moraine Valley application for admission if not currently enrolled in college credit courses at Moraine Valley.
- A completed Sleep Technology Admission Application. Applications are available in Academic Advising and must be returned to the Admissions and Records Office. Application deadline is June 1.
- A completed high school transcript showing date of graduation or a high school equivalency certificate.
- Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended.
Minimum Academic Requirements
- One year of high school biology with lab, or one semester of college biology with lab, with a grade of "C" or better.
- One year of high school algebra, Moraine Valley course MTH-095 or above, or an equivalent course at another college, with a grade of "C" or above.
- A minimum grade point average of 2.5 based on a four-point system. The high school GPA will be used only if students have attempted less than 12 college hours. A GPA of 2.5 will be assigned if the student took the high school equivalency rather than graduate from high school.
- Moraine Valley placement tests. Students may be exempt from placement tests based on previous college credit. Contact an academic advisor for information about placement test exemptions.
- Math placement test score or exemption must qualify applicant to take MTH-109.
- English placement test score or exemption must qualify applicant to take COM-101.
- Reading placement test score or exemption must qualify applicant for courses above RDG-091.
All health sciences programs require clinical time at various health care sites. Prior to clinical placement students will be required complete a health history and physical examination, maintain CPR health care provider status, and carry current health insurance.
Applicants for the program will be considered in the following order:
- Qualified residents of the district and residents of districts engaged in cooperative agreements who submit a Sleep application by June 1 of the year they plan to enroll in the program. The applicant's file must be completed by June 15.
- Qualified nonresidents who submit an application by June 1. The application must be completed by June 15.
- On a space-available basis, applicants who do not meet all of the admissions requirements or the deadline may be considered after June 15.
RPSGT and a Graduate of Moraine Valley’s Sleep Program
RPSGT-credentialed technologists who are currently working in the field may be eligible for advanced placement into the program. Contact the program coordinator at Guerrero@morainevalley.edu for details.
Students will be admitted to the Sleep Technologist Program through a weighted score made up of three factors: cumulative high school or college GPA; number of college credit hours completed; and grades and credit hours in specified course work.
Points for various criteria will be given according to the chart below. Students will also be required to meet the current minimum standards for admission.
Students will be required to list all colleges attended on the Sleep Admission Application. Students will select one of the following options on the intent form for calculating their college GPA for admission.
- Students may use only their Moraine Valley hours as the college GPA for admission. If students choose this option, they cannot use their other college credit toward the certificate requirements or for points towards admission.
- Students may use their college credit toward the certificate requirements and points towards admission. When the GPA is calculated all college credit will be used. These hours may then be used as regular transfer credit.
Ties will be broken based on grade point average. Current minimum prerequisites and file completion requirements would still be in effect.
|Weighted Factor||Max. Points|
|Number of College Hours||Points|
(The BIO and MRT-110 must have been completed no longer than 5 years prior to the program admission deadline.)
Choose 1: BIO-115
or BIO-180 (and BIO-181) Five credits will be used from BIO-180 AND 181; four credits from BIO-180 and 1 from BIO-181.
Success Course Weighting
A = 3 points X Credit hours
B = 2 points X Credit hours
C = 1 points X Credit hours
All other grades = No points
Student has BIO-115 with an A— 3 points X 5 credit hours = 15 points
Student has MRT-110 with a B— 2 points X 3 credit hours = 6 points
Total points for success courses = 15 for BIO-115 + 6 for MRT-110 = 21 Pts
Applicants not selected for one starting class are individually responsible for reactivating and updating their application file for subsequent starting classes. Re-applicants must complete a new Sleep Technology Admission Application and submit it to the Admissions and Records Office during the applicable period stated.
Background Check and Drug Screening
Students are required to complete a criminal background check and drug screen prior to clinical placement. Students with positive criminal backgrounds or drug screens may be prohibited from participating the required clinical component of the program. Application forms for criminal background checks may be obtained through the Career Programs Subdivision Office, B150, and fees paid to the Cashier's Office. For information on criminal background application procedures, contact the Career Programs Subdivision Office at (708) 974-5708. Deadline dates for completion of criminal background checks and drug screens will be announced by program coordinators.
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) on the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education (CoA PSG).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, Fla. 33763
Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education (CoA PSG)
1711 Frank Avenue
New Bern, N.C. 28560