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. Students gain experience performing sleep studies at a clinical setting.
Program Information, Course Requirements and Suggested Schedule
|Program Name||Type of Credential||Curriculum Code||Department or Division|
|Sleep Technology||A.A.S.||1370||Health Sciences|
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.
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
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Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education (CoA PSG)
1711 Frank Avenue
New Bern, N.C. 28560
“Positive placement” means that the graduate is employed full or part-time in a related field; and/or continuing his/her education; and/or serving in the military.
Sleep Technical Standards
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. Careful consideration of your ability and willingness to work the night shift is recommended before beginning this program.
In addition to attending 10-12 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.
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.
All health sciences programs require clinical time at various health care sites. Students will be required complete a health history and physical examination, maintain CPR health care provider status, and carry current health insurance. 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.
This program is intended to lead to employment. 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.
Millions of people annually are tested in sleep centers and limited accredited educational programs exist nationwide. Employment opportunities for qualified sleep technologists are excellent.
Questions? Contact the program coordinator at (708) 974-5774 or firstname.lastname@example.org