Deadline nears for Polysomnography Certificate training at ETSU


Polysomnography technicians are qualified to test and conduct diagnostic evaluations of sleep and neurological disorders. Working as part of a team with physicians, other members of the allied health community, and medical equipment suppliers, they assist patients in reaching their maximum functioning potential.

The field of sleep medicine employing Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSGT) is relatively new, and the demand for personnel far exceeds the current supply. RPSGTs are hired by hospitals, independently owned sleep clinics, research facilities, and agencies conducting home visits.

East Tennessee State University, through the Department of Allied Health’s cardiopulmonary science program and the Office of Professional Development, will offer an online and live-class program leading to the Polysomnography Certificate. The program begins Sept. 15 and continues through July 23, 2013, and includes a clinical rotation at local hospitals. Early registration is recommended to secure a place in the program.

Applicants must submit an application and college transcripts for candidacy in the program. They must have completed at least 30 college credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4 point scale. After admittance, they must complete eight hours of observation time in a sleep lab, be certified by the American Heart Association as a CPR health care provider and undergo a physical examination, including current vaccinations.

Completed application packets must be submitted by Aug. 15 for candidacy in the program. The total tuition is $5,075, and the Office of Professional Development works with the participants on payments.

Those who successfully complete the program will be eligible to sit for the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist credential, offered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists and considered the highest sleep credential available to non-physicians.

Admission to the program is limited, and the selection process is highly competitive. Each applicant is evaluated on the basis of academic preparation and previous health care experience.

For registration information, the ETSU Office of Professional Development at (423) 439-8084 or visit
Professional Development and click on the “Career/Workforce Development” link.

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