Polysomnography- Sleep Study Certificate
Overview of Polysomnography Profession
The expansion of polysomnography (sleep studies) in the health care industry has created a marked increase in demand for polysomnography technicians. Many polysomnography clinics are inundated with referrals which may be deferred for months at a time due to inadequate staffing, resulting in delay of sleep disorder diagnoses and appropriate treatments. The Certificate in Polysomnography Program is designed for current respiratory care practitioners and students who are interested in specializing in sleep disorder studies. Both didactic theory and clinical application offered in the program will provide an avenue to gain knowledge, skills, and experience in the expanding discipline of polysomnography. Topics include sleep terminology, sleep structure and disorders, complete patient set-up and monitoring, data acquisition and scoring, and pharmacological and noninvasive interventions. The program is offered on-campus and will include: lab/clinical rotations, online and classroom discussions, and a case study presentation. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the Sleep Disorder Specialist (SDS) exam by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) and/or the RPSGT exam by the Board of Registered Polysomnography Technologists (BRPT) after completion of the required clinical hours by each board exam.
Sleep Technology Approved Resource (STAR)
- The Polysomnography Certificate program is designated as a STAR provider under the Board of Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT). Graduates are eligible to use this Focused Training for the RPSGT exam (Pathway 4) and the CPSGT exam (Pathway 3). Please visit the brpt.org website for more details.
After completion of the program, our graduates will:
- Be eligible to sit for the Sleep Disorder Specialist (SDS) exam by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) and/or the RPSGT exam by the Board of Registered Polysomnography Technologists (BRPT).* Professional Examination and Certification Eligibility section.
- Possess skills to recognize and treat a variety of different sleep disorders.
- Be able to effectively perform and interpret a polysomnogram.
- Be able to communicate with patients and staff members professionally.
- Have the skills and knowledge to educate patients about diseases, and treatments.
- Have the skills and knowledge to suggest and implement appropriate sleep disturbance interventions.
- Identify basic sleep terminology, sleep structure, and sleep disorders.
- Comprehend the effect of sleep related breathing disorders on patients’ physiology.
- Perform and translate the International 10-20 system data acquisition (or equivalent) as it relates to sleep disorders testing.
- Recognize the technology behind the monitoring devices utilized in sleep disorders testing and identify the locations used for patient monitoring.
- Recognize the components of a computerized sleep acquisition system and describe the adjustments necessary to produce a quality/valid study.
- Recognize the components of a sleep report and demonstrate proper application of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), bi-level ventilation, and oxygen therapy to patients with sleep related breathing disorders.
- Demonstrate the process of a patient set-up, sleep stage, and event scoring.
- Identify cardiac dysrhythmias and physiologic events and their clinical significance during the sleep evaluation.
- Independently perform the patient set-up for a sleep study and begin the data acquisition process; data interpretation; troubleshooting.
10. Demonstrate professional behavior towards patients and staff.
11. Illustrate professional behavior towards patients with home CPAP for sleep by educating them about its use and effect towards their sleep disorder.
Applicants must fulfill one of the following criteria
- Applicant must be a graduate from an accredited Respiratory Care Program by the Commission on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC) and accepted by Loma Linda University. 1248 Harwood Road, Bedford, TX 76021–4244; telephone, 817/283-2835817/283-2835; list of approved programs can be found at coarc.com
- For applicants without a Respiratory Care certification (and graduates from a non-CoArc program), they must meet the following criteria: o For applicants without a Respiratory Care certification (and graduates from a non-CoArc program), they must meet the following criteria:
• Be a current healthcare practitioner. *See pre-requisites section
o Complete the required pre-requisites by the School of Allied Health Professions.
• Be an international student. *See the international student section requirements.
• Current students in the Loma Linda University Cardiopulmonary Sciences Department. * See the requirement section.
Additional Program Requirements
To be eligible for this program, in addition to the Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions requirements, the following criteria must be met:
1. Current Basic Life Support certification from the American Heart Association.
2. Minimum of 2.5 GPA.
3. Complete an acceptable interview with Program Faculty.
4. Three positive personal and/or professional references.
5. For current students in the Loma Linda University Cardiopulmonary Sciences program, the following must be met:
• An agreement and acceptance from both program directors to add the sleep track/units to the current student plan.
All prerequisite coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited institution
• Human anatomy and physiology or general biology with laboratory, complete sequence or the equivalent from a COARC approved program.
• Introductory chemistry with laboratory, complete sequence; or general chemistry with laboratory, complete sequence or the equivalent from a COARC approved program.
• High school-level physics or introductory physics, one quarter/semester in college; or general physics, one quarter/semester in college or the equivalent from a COARC approved program.
• Two years of mathematics selected from: algebra I (elementary), algebra II (intermediate), or geometry-Course work may be taken in high school or college.
Recommended course work
• English composition complete sequence.
When and where to apply
Applications are accepted after January 1- September 5 of each year for Fall Quarter (September) program start.
Deadline is September 5th! Apply Today!
The Polysomnography Certificate Program is approved by the Board of Trustees of Loma Linda University. Loma Linda University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501; telephone: 510/748-9001 5 fax: 510/748-9797.
For more Information and Program Advisement
Abdullah Alismail, M.S, RCP, RRT-NPS. SDS
Polysomnography Program Director
Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences
Loma Linda University
Nichol Hall Room 1926
Loma Linda CA 92350
Traci Marin, Ph.D, RRT, RPSGT
Ramiz Fargo, MD
Assistant Researcher, Medicine