Sleep Technology (Polysomnography)

Program Description

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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.

Advantages

  • Experienced sleep technologists can test-out of program coursework to earn credit toward the degree.
  • The Sleep Technology program is one the few programs in the country that awards associate’s degrees.
  • 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.

Program Details

Occupational Outlook

As the population ages, medical and clinical laboratory technician jobs are expected to increase by 14% between 2016 and 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.  This growth is about as fast as average for all occupations.  The salary outlook for registered polysomnographic technologists is excellent, with PayScale.com reporting that registered polysomnographic technologists earned a median salary of $50,878 as of 2019.

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.