Associate of Science in Polysomnographic Technology (Online)

Due to a review of the Polysomnography Technology program, applications for the 2014 -2015 academic year will be deferred for the fall 2015. For questions please contact the admissions department, 515-643-6715 or

Our Program  How to Apply   Clinical Experience  Faculty   1st Year Certification   Job Outlook   Gainful Employment

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 Program

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.

Once you successfully complete these programs, you have the opportunity to advance into the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration or Health Science degree programs at Mercy College.

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How to Apply

College Admission First
The first step in the admissions process is to apply using the Mercy College Application.  Early application is encouraged.  For a complete list of College application deadlines, click here.  Students admitted to the College may enroll in Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) courses prior to admission to any academic program.

Program Admission Second
Following College admission, students will receive instructions to complete an Intent to Enroll form/Acadmic Program Application in order to begin the process. Once all requirements have been satisfied, the applicant’s file is considered complete and will be given to the program chair for consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete the professional program application process.

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.

The program chair will begin reviewing completed files by the program admission deadline. Admission to this professional program is limited and competitive. Selection is based on the most qualified applicants.

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Clinical Experience

If you live in central Iowa, you will experience direct patient contact during your clinical experience (called practicums) at the Mercy Sleep Center.

You may also complete your practicums at any Sleep Center nationwide that is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), click here for a list of these to identify the location that best fits your geographic needs.

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Our PSGT faculty team includes a full-time program chair as well as many medical professionals in the clinical setting. Our full-time liberal arts and sciences faculty members are Ph.D.-prepared and adept at integrating their subject matter into a comprehensive health science curriculum. As a student, you will receive an exceptional level of personalized instruction.

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Job Outlook

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. 

Gainful Employment

To view the graduation, employment, tuition, and debt information referred to as the "Gainful Employment Disclosures", please click here.

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