For more information, contact the Health Sciences division at 615-230-3330.
This technical certificate program is a three-semester (twelve-month) program and is composed of didactic and clinical instruction. The Program format includes six 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 Tennessee 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 RPSGT credentialing (Registered Polysomnography Technologist).
Students are required to take all program courses in succession. Therefore, each cohort of students will begin together and take the program courses in the same order. 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:
- Meet admission requirements for the College based on the admission or readmission status the applicant is seeking
- Though there are no course prerequisites to apply, selection preference will be given to applicants for the following:
- Completion of AHC 115* Medical Terminology and consideration will also be given to grades in any previous mathematics or science courses taken
- Interview or screening documentation
The application deadline to the Sleep Diagnostic Program 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.
The Sleep Diagnostics Technology Certificate is embedded within the Associate of Applied Science in Health Sciences, Sleep Diagnostics Technology concentration and within the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science, General Studies areas of emphasis. Courses in this certificate may be used to award these degrees.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will become competent polysomnographic technologists with training in the fundamentals of polysomnographic technology, laboratory fundamentals, and clinical skills as outlined in, but not limited to, the Association of Polysomnographic Technologists Curriculum Outline.
- Students will have achieved both academic and clinical competency in cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains using the following organizations as sources of standards: Association of Polysomnographic Technologists, Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
- The students’ accomplishments of their academic and clinical objectives will prepare them with entry-level skills as Polysomnographic Technicians.
- Successful completion of the program will help prepare the graduate to take the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists Registry Exam.
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