Polysomnographic technologists prepare patients for procedures, obtain medical histories, and perform diagnostic sleep studies. They develop a good rapport with their patients and comfort them and treat problems encountered during the recording procedure, which can last 8 hours for an overnight sleep study. They act as eyes and ears for specially trained doctors who later review and interpret the data. Considerable individual initiative, reasoning skill, and sound judgment are expected of the polysomnographic technologist.
What Employment Opportunities are available?
Polysomnographic technologists can work in hospitals, sleep labs, home settings, or physicians’ offices. Entry level salaries average around $35,000 per year, working 3 nights per week, ranging up to around $45,000 with one year experience and earned credentials. Most positions are evening only and involve working alone/independently overnight with patients.
What is the class schedule/length for the Polysomnography Program?
Polysomnography classes may be held during the day. Students are expected to participate in classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences*. Clinical experiences will be held at night. The program consists of five semesters. Graduates of the Polysomnography program are eligible to apply to take the registry exam offered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT). *Please note: Some clinical facilities will require students to undergo criminal background checks and/or drug testing. Clinical facilities may refuse access to clinical experiences based on the results of the criminal background checks and/or drug testing, which could result in the student being unable to continue in the Polysomnography program.
Admission: The Polysomnography program begins in the Fall Semester. Admission to the program is based upon receipt of the CVCC application for admission no later than April 30, 2009, completion of all minimum requirements, as listed on the attached “Minimum Requirements” sheet by May 30, 2009, the number of vacancies in the program, and the competitive selection process. To begin the admissions process, complete the CVCC Application for Admissions and return it to the College.
Costs: College tuition is set by the North Carolina State Legislature and is subject to change. Polysomnography students are required to purchase a variety of books, class uniforms, malpractice insurance, accident insurance, and other fees as set by the College. The approximate cost for the program is $4,500. (This figure is based upon in-state tuition rates and reflects an approximate cost only.) It is highly recommended students participate in the APT review course prior to completion of program. Additional cost (PDF).
Financial Aid: All applicants are encouraged to apply for financial aid. To determine eligibility, an applicant must first complete the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid”. This application is available in Student Services. For information on financial aid and scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Office at 828/327-7000, extensions 4214 or 4450.