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 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. The program length is 3 quarters (Fall, Winter, and Spring). 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 546 hours of clinical experience.
Program Outcome: After completion of the program, graduates will: 1. 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). 2. Possess skills to recognize and treat a variety of different sleep disorders. 3. Be able to effectively perform and interpret a polysomnogram. 4. Be able to communicate with patients and staff members professionally. 5. Have the skills and knowledge to educate patients about diseases, and treatments. 6. Have the skills and knowledge to suggest and implement appropriate sleep disturbance interventions.
Program Objectives: 1. Identify basic sleep terminology, sleep structure, and sleep disorders. 2. Comprehend the effect of sleep related breathing disorders on patients’ physiology. 3. Perform and translate the International 10-20 system data acquisition (or equivalent) as it relates to sleep disorders testing. 4. Recognize the technology behind the monitoring devices utilized in sleep disorders testing and identify the locations used for patient monitoring. 5. Recognize the components of a computerized sleep acquisition system and describe the adjustments necessary to produce a quality/valid study. 6. 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. 7. Demonstrate the process of a patient set-up, sleep stage, and event scoring. 8. Identify cardiac dysrhythmias and physiologic events and their clinical significance during the sleep evaluation. 9. 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.
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 .
Post Associate Degree in Respiratory Care or the equivalent, i.e., graduates of an entry level respiratory care program.
Complete the subject requirements noted as prerequisites (students who have not completed a small minimum number of prerequisites requirements may be accepted on a provisional basis).
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.
Length of the certificate program: (3 quarters of Polysomnography certificate).
How to apply:
Applications are accepted after January 1st of each year for Fall acceptance. Apply online.
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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: 510/748-9001510/748-9001; fax: 510/748-9797. For more information and program advisement:
Abdullah Alismail, M.S, RCP, RRT-NPS Polysomnography Program Director Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences Loma Linda University Nichol Hall Room 1926 Loma Linda CA 92350 firstname.lastname@example.org (909) 558-4932(909) 558-4932