Associate of Science in Polysomnographic [Sleep] Technology (Online)
Due to a review of the Polysomnography Technology program, applications for the 2013 -2014 academic year will be deferred for the fall 2014. For questions please contact the admissions department, 515-643-6715 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a Sleep Technologist. A sleep technologist monitors people in a sleep laboratory. As a sleep technologist, you will use information technology and direct observation to obtain and evaluate diagnostic data for the treatment of sleep disorders.
Our six-semester associates degree program includes online instruction, practice in skills lab and clinical experience in a sleep clinic. We give you the academic and clinical experience to learn the polysomnography profession. You will work in conjunction with physicians to provide comprehensive clinical evaluations that are required for the diagnosis of sleep disorders. Your instruction will include applying non-invasive monitoring equipment during sleep.
We accept ten students into the PSGT program each fall semester, however, if the first semester coursework has been met, admission into the program will be considered beginning with the spring semester curriculum.
Your admission into this program is on a competitive basis, so early application is encouraged. Following general College admission, students may enroll in Liberal Arts and Science (LAS) courses in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences prior to admission into the PSGT program.
You need to successfully complete one year high school (or college equivalent) biology, English, and one year of algebra coursework before admission. Students are encouraged to take LAS courses at Mercy College to meet any unmet program requirements above.
If you live in central Iowa, you will experience direct patient contact during your clinical experience (called practicums) at the Mercy Sleep Center.
Our PSGT faculty team includes a full-time program chair as well as many medical professionals in the clinical setting. As a student, you will receive an exceptional level of personalized instruction.
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Once you have completed your PSGT degree, you’ll have the knowledge and clinical experience needed to become qualified for employment in a sleep clinic. According to the Board of Registered Polysomonographic Technologists, the field of sleep medicine and the demand for credentialed RPSGTs are rapidly expanding. Greater public understanding of the importance of sleep and the relationship between sleep apnea and other diseases has raised the profile of sleep medicine and often generated aggressive competition for patients. You can get more details about specific roles and job opportunities from the Board of Registered Polysomonographic Technologists website.