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2017-2018 VSCC Catalog 
2017-2018 VSCC Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sleep Diagnostics Technology Technical Certificate

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This technical certificate program is a three-semester (twelve month) program and is composed of didactic and clinical instruction. The Program format includes 6 lecture courses offered online and clinical training during the Summer and Fall terms.  The clinical training will be performed at various hospitals and clinics in Middle TN and surrounding areas.  The Program is designed to prepare the student for employment in a Sleep Disorder Center, as well as lessen the training period required to sit for the national BRPT credentialing examination. After completing and successfully passing the BRPT examination, the sleep lab technologist will receive the R.PSGT credentialing (Registered Polysomnography Technologist).

Each semester is dependent on the other in instruction; therefore, the student is required to have taken the preceding semester’s courses in advance of latter courses. For those students entering the program with prior Sleep, Respiratory or Nursing backgrounds, the advisor may allow the transfer of college credit or credit by examination.

For those wishing to pursue an associate degree, this technical certificate may be applied towards the A.A.S. Health Sciences Option.

Students desiring entrance into the Sleep Diagnostic Technology program must have the following on file:

  1. Meet admission requirements for the College based on the admission or readmission status the applicant is seeking
  2. Application to Health  Sciences Careers
  3. Completion of AHC 115* Medical Terminology and INFS 1010 Computer Applications 
  4. VSCC Medical History and Physical Examination Report
  5. Statement of Health and Hospitalization Insurance Coverage
  6. Interview or screening documentation

The Application to Health Sciences Careers deadline is October 1 for the class beginning in January. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early. Any questions about the program or the admissions procedure should be directed to the Program Director.

Certificate Requirements - Credits (31)

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Total Certificate Requirements - Credits (31)

Career and Salary Information

The following is a list of some of the career choices that may be obtained upon completion of this certificate. Please visit the following website www.salary.com  or speak to an advisor for additional career opportunities, salary information and education requirements.  Salaries are not guaranteed. 

Career Median Salary from Salary.com Average TN salary according to Sleep Review, Oct. 2013
Polysomnographic or Neurodiagnostic Technician

No Data Available

Eventual passage of the Registry Exam is required for those employed in the field of Polysomnography in TN.  See below:

No Data Available
Registered Polysomnographic Technologist $49,324 $52,000
Sleep Center Owner   $123,000


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