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Polysomnographic [Sleep] Technology (Online) Admission Requirements

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 admissions at 515-643-6715.

To be considered for admission to the Associate of Science in Polysomnographic Technology Program, applicants must be admitted to Mercy College and meet the criteria listed below. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to a professional program. Upon being granted general College admission, students may enroll in Liberal Arts and Science (LAS) courses in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students are encouraged to take LAS courses at Mercy College to meet any unmet program requirements below. Once the application and transcripts are received and it is determined the applicant meets the admission/academic

  1. Demonstrate the stated level of achievement in one of the following areas:
    1. Earned a cumulative high school GPA of 2.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale;
    2. Earned a GED score of 450 or higher; or
    3. Earned an ACT score of 19 or higher.
  2. If the above criteria are not met, students may be admitted if they meet one of the following:
    1. Earned an associate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university with a
      cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    2. Completed nine (9) college credit hours specific to the Mercy College PSGT Curriculum, achieved a grade of “C” or higher in each course, and earned a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale

    3. Completed the Mercy College Polysomnographic Technology Certificate Program with a
      cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

  3. Demonstrate completion of one year of high school or one semester of college-level coursework with a
    grade of at least a 2.0 (“C” not “C-”) on a 4.0 scale in each of these required courses: Algebra I, Biology,
    and English.
  4. Provide documentation of a twelve-hour overnight observation in an American Academy of Sleep
    Medicine (AASM) accredited lab under the supervision of a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT). The program chair reviews completed files and sends information and forms for the observation experience. The observation must be completed prior to the applicant being scheduled for an interview.
  5. An interview will be scheduled with the Polysomnographic Technology Program Committee once observation documentation is received. The applicant must achieve an interview score of 80% or higher with the Selection Committee.
  6. Once a student has been accepted into the program, students must submit a clinical affiliation request form
    that will be sent to the student with their acceptance letter. This form will inform the program chair of the
    student’s clinical site where the student will attend all clinical hours associated with their study in the
    Polysomnographic Technology Program. All clinical sites must be accredited by the American Academy
    of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the student must be directly under the supervision of a Registered
    Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT). The program chair will then contact the clinical site and send a clinical affiliation agreement to site. All clinical affiliation agreements must be signed by the clinical sites prior to the students beginning program courses.
  7. Additional admissions requirements may be applicable, depending on the specific practice laws and regulations of the state in which the applicant resides.


Admission into the program is on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee admission into this program. Admission into Mercy College also does not guarantee admission into this program. Early application is encouraged. After the enrollment class is full, students qualified for admission will be placed on an alternate list. Students from the alternate list will be added to the fall enrollment class in order of their completed admission requirements and interview scores on a space available basis. Students who are not admitted into the program may re-apply for admission the following year. Students may find it helpful to complete liberal arts and sciences courses at Mercy College prior to program admission.

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