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Polysomnographic Technology
2014-2015 Polysomnographic Technology Program Information



Program Options:
AAS – Polysomnographic Technology
Certificate – Polysomnographic Technology



The Collin College Polysomnographic Technology Program prepares students for an allied health specialty in the clinical care and management of sleep disorders. Sleep medicine is a growing field with more than 80 sleep disorders identified, and an estimated 60 million people in the United States suffering from at least one sleep disorder. As more patients seek diagnosis and treatment of their sleep disorders, the demand for qualified polysomnographic technologists grows. Polysomnographic technologists conduct the sleep studies that allow physicians to diagnose and treat

patients suffering from sleep disorders. Through this program, Collin College students are prepared to enter the growing and challenging field of sleep medicine by equipping them with the skills and fundamental knowledge to effectively monitor, manage, and treat sleep disorders under medical supervision.

The Polysomnographic Technology Program offers two degree options: an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and a Certificate. The 22-month AAS degree track is for students who do not have a background in healthcare. The 12-month Certificate is for individuals who have earned an associate or higher degree in a healthcare field and are board registered in that field. Those who are board certified in polysomnographic technology (RPSGT) or electroencephalography (REEGT) without an associate or higher degree also qualify for the Certificate track. Spaces in the Polysomnographic Technology Program are limited.

Upon graduation from either award, the graduate is eligible to sit for the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists exam to become a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) and/or the American Board of Sleep Medicine exam to become a Registered Sleep Technologist (RST). 

Mathematics and science courses that are part of the curriculum but completed at a regionally accredited institution must have been completed within five years of the fall semester of the admission year in order to receive transfer credits. The minimum passing grade for all Polysomnographic Technology lecture, lab and clinical course work is 75 percent.


FUNCTIONAL ABILITIES / CORE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS STATEMENT
After initial acceptance to this program, all students are required to meet specific functional abilities—with or without accommodations—for successful completion of the program and to function safely and effectively in the variety of the profession’s settings. The specific functional requirements are found in the Functional Abilities / Core Performance Standards documents provided in the program information on the Polysomnographic Technology website: www.collin.edu/sleep . Students who think they may not be able to meet the functional standards and need accommodation are encouraged to contact the college ACCESS department as soon as this program is of interest.


ACCREDITATION
The Collin College Polysomnographic Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education (www.coapsg.org). They may be contacted at:
      Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
      1361 Park Street
      Clearwater, FL 33756
      727.210.2350
      www.caahep.org


ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Registration is by permission only. Information and applications may be obtained online at www.collin.edu/sleep or the Health Sciences, Biology and Chemistry Office. To apply, students must:

  • Submit the required application form by the designated deadline
  • Provide proof of high school graduation or GED
  • Submit official copies of all college transcripts
  • Complete Collin College reading, writing and mathematics assessments
  • Complete Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) Health Occupations Aptitude Exam
  • Document acceptable findings on drug screens, background checks and physical/mental competencies
  • Complete program admission criteria (see Admission Packet)

Completion of immunizations required by the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) *


*    It is important to note that one of the required vaccinations, Hepatitis B, consists of a three dose series, which can take up to 7 months to complete. Individuals unable to receive the HBV must inform the Program Coordinator. In such cases, the applicant must sign a declination form. All immunizations must be complete before assignment to clinical training.


Health Insurance -
All Polysomnographic Technology students are required to show proof of health insurance prior to starting clinical rotations each semester.


PROGRAM COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to completion of all polysomnographic technology course work, students are required to complete and pass a capstone Registered Polysomnographic Technology (RPSGT) practice exam and a comprehensive capstone clinical simulation. Both the RPSGT capstone exam and clinical simulation will take place during the final semester of the program, which is the spring semester of the second year for AAS students and the summer semester for Certificate students.



AAS – Polysomnographic Technology
60 credit hours

PRE-ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
A)    Students planning to apply for admission to the program must have the
       following courses completed with a grade of "C" or better before the
       application deadline.
       1)    BIOL-2404, Human Anatomy and Physiology Basic
       2)    HPRS-1204, Basic Health Profession Skills
B)    Students entering the program must be prepared to enter college-level
       mathematics by either completion of MATH-0310 or by placement at
       the MATH-1314, College Algebra level. Students must complete
       MATH-1314, College Algebra during or before the fall semester of
       the program admission year.

Note: All science and mathematics courses that are part of the curriculum, but completed at a regionally accredited institution, must have been completed within five years of the fall semester for the fall semester of the admission year in order to receive transfer credit.

PREREQUISITES
BIOL      2404       Human Anatomy and Physiology Basic
HPRS     1204       Basic Health Profession Skills

FIRST YEAR
First Semester

ENGL     1301       Composition I
MATH
   1314       College Algebra1
PSGT      1215       Introduction to Polysomnography
PSGT      1310       Neuroanatomy and Physiology
RSPT      1207       Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology

Second Semester
PSGT      1205       Neurophysiology of Sleep
PSGT      1340       Sleep Disorders
PSGT      1400       Polysomnography I
RSPT      1237       Basic Dysrhythmia Interpretation
SPCH      1311       Introduction to Speech Communication
                                (See Speech Options)

Third Semester (Summer)
PSGT      1360       AAS Clinical I – Polysomnography


SECOND YEAR
First Semester

PSGT      2205       Sleep Scoring and Staging
PSGT      2360       AAS Clinical II – Polysomnography
PSGT      2411       Polysomnography II
PSYC      2301       General Psychology
                              (See Social / Behavioral Sciences Options)

Second Semester
PHIL       2303       Introduction to Formal Logic
                              (See Humanities / Fine Arts Options)
PSGT      2250       Infant and Pediatric Polysomnography
PSGT      2271       Pharmacology for Polysomnography
PSGT      2272       Polysomnography Exam Preparation (Capstone)
PSGT      2361       AAS Clinical III – Polysomnography

1.  May substitute MATH-1324, MATH-1342,
MATH-1414 or MATH-2312



Certificate – Polysomnographic Technology
28 credit hours

PRE-ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Prior to being admitted to this program, students must provide official documentation showing they have earned an associate of higher degree in a healthcare field and be board registered in that field –OR- be board registered in polysomnographic technology (RPSGT) or electroencephalography (REEGT).

FIRST YEAR
First Semester

PSGT      1260       Certificate Clinical I – Polysomnography
PSGT      1400       Polysomnography I
PSGT      1573       Polysomnographic Anatomy and Physiology
RSPT      1237       Basic Dysrhythmia Interpretation

Second Semester
PSGT      1340       Sleep Disorders
PSGT      2205       Sleep Scoring and Staging
PSGT      2250       Infant and Pediatric Polysomnography
PSGT      2260       Certificate Clinical II - Polysomnography
PSGT      2272       Polysomnography Exam Preparation (Capstone)
PSGT      2411       Polysomnography II





 

 

Note: The second digit in a course number indicates the number of credit hours
for that course.

Polysomnography
Contact Information
Primary Contact -
Program Coordinator:

Amber Allen, BA, RPSGT, RST
CPC - B203B
214.491.6238


Department Director:
Araceli Solis, BS, RRT, NPS
CPC-B203J
972.548.6870



Academic Advisor:
Lisa Gibbs
CPC - D117F
972.548.6778


Department Website:
www.collin.edu/sleep