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Educational Programs

Sleep Technology (Polysomnography)


Program description

Sleep Technologists play a key role in the rapidly growing field of sleep disorders diagnosis and treatment. As a Sleep Technology student you will prepare, record and analyze clinical sleep studies, as well as provide patient care and education under the direction of a physician. The Sleep Technology degree program teaches the knowledge and skills needed to perform diagnostic testing and therapeutic interventions for patients with sleep disorders.

Program start and location

Classes are held on the MCTC campus, online and at participating internship sites. The program starts in the spring semester, however you will need to successfully complete first semester courses before starting the courses for this major. Experienced sleep technologists have the opportunity to complete all courses online and receive credit by examination for accelerated degree completion.

  • To begin the application process, please download and fill out this application form.

Degree options and requirements

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

Polysomnographic (PSOM) Technology has a selective admissions process, which means you will need to apply for admission to the program after admission to the college. To meet the requirements for admission to the program, you will need to successfully complete the courses listed in the catalog under first semester courses. The PSOM program starts in the spring semester of each year.

If you are a current sleep technologist, you are eligible to test out of coursework. Contact us with your questions about credit by exam, transferring credits, advanced placement or entering the program at psom@minneapolis.edu.

What you will learn

  • In the Sleep Technology program, you will learn the skills needed to perform high quality sleep studies.
  • A knowledge of sleep disorders and therapeutic interventions used to help patients attain healthy sleep is the basis of the field study.
  • You will learn to work with a variety of equipment to perform diagnostic sleep studies and therapeutic interventions with patients.
  • You will attain essential skills related to teamwork, communication and professionalism.
  • You will become competent in working with diverse patients across the lifespan.

Points of pride

  • Starting in 2014, experienced sleep technologists can test-out of program coursework to earn credit toward the degree.
  • The Sleep Technology program is one of only a small number programs in the country that awards associate’s degrees.
  • To date, all of our job-seeking graduates have been hired as Sleep Technologists within 6 months of completing the program.
  • The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
  • Graduates are immediately eligible to sit for the national Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) examination.
  • On average graduates make over $22 per hour to start; experienced sleep technicians typically make about $30 per hour.

Where you could work

  • Clinical sleep laboratories
  • Sleep studies are performed in a variety of settings, from hospital rooms to patient’s bedrooms.
  • Additional employment opportunities exist in research or pediatric laboratories, sleep clinics, and medical equipment providers and manufacturers.

Occupational outlook

An estimated 50-70 million people currently suffer from sleep disorders in the United States. The field of sleep technology exists to serve this growing population. The 5-year total positive placement rate for our graduates is 100%, as defined by the Committee on Accreditation of Polysomnographic Technology Education and reported to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Professionals. That means everyone who completed the degree found work as a Sleep Technologist for the most recent reporting period.

Beyond-the-classroom opportunities

We have an active student club associated with this program to support your participation in professional conferences at state and national levels.


This program is part of the School of Nursing, Health Sciences and Public Services.

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