Polysomnography Diploma Application Packet
The Polysomnography diploma admission packet provides information to assist you with the admission and selection process for the program.
2022 Spring Polysomnography Diploma Program Admission Packet
Activated Application and Requirements Deadline – September 15, 2021
It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the completion of the Minimum Admission Requirements (MAR) whether enrolled at CVCC or elsewhere. CVCC reserves the right to change curriculum and admission requirements without prior notice. Applicants are responsible for completing admission requirements and ensuring all materials have been submitted before the deadline.
Application to a limited enrollment healthcare program is complex and complicated. Applicants who begin the CVCC admission process weeks or months before the deadline give themselves time to resolve unexpected issues. Please do not wait until the deadline to start this process.
This packet provides information to assist you with the admissions and selection process for the Polysomnography program. Completion of the Minimum Admission Requirements (MAR Checklist) is not a guarantee of acceptance. Admission to the program is based on completion of all items by the deadline date and the number of vacancies in the program. If you have questions regarding the program, please contact the program director at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4619.
What is a polysomnographic technologist?
Polysomnographic technologists act as eyes and ears for specially trained doctors who review and interpret data for sleep related disorders. Technologists obtain medical histories, prepare patients, and perform multiple types of diagnostic procedures. Considerable individual initiative, reasoning skill, and sound judgment are expected of the polysomnographic technologist.
What employment opportunities are available?
Polysomnographic technologists may work in hospitals, sleep labs, home settings, or physicians’ offices.
What is the class schedule/length for the Polysomnography Program?
The diploma program may take 3 or 4 semesters to complete depending on an applicant’s coursework. Polysomnography classes are held during the day, and students are expected to participate in classroom, laboratory and clinical rotations. Clinical rotations occur during evening hours. Polysomnography is offered in a hybrid (online and seated) format. A total of 288 clinical hours (144 per semester) are required in the program. Upon completion of the Polysomnography diploma program, graduates are eligible to apply to take the registry exam offered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) or continue study for 21 additional credit hours to earn the AAS in Polysomnography.
How do I apply for the program?
Complete the CVCC online application for Admission under the “Apply Now” tab on the CVCC homepage with Polysomnography – Diploma as the intended major. If possible, visit with an admissions staff member in Student Services by the specified deadline. Applications may be activated by distance provided the applicant sends an email to firstname.lastname@example.org in which a request is made to activate by distance and accompanied by a copy of the photo ID. Whether an application is activated in person or by distance, applicants are responsible for reading and understanding packet contents and meeting requirements. Admission to the program is based upon completion of all minimum requirements as listed on the Minimum Admission Requirements (MAR) Checklist by the specified deadline date, the number of vacancies in the program and the competitive selection process. Completion of the MAR is not a guarantee of acceptance. CVCC does not use waiting lists for any health program.
How much does the program cost?
College tuition is set by the North Carolina State Legislature and is subject to change. The current tuition, activity fees, insurance, and books for the program will be approximately $7,100. (This figure is an approximate cost.) Students will also have additional expenses for the program, which are shown on the enclosed cost sheet.
How do I apply for Financial Aid?
All applicants are encouraged to apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.ed.gov). For information about financial aid, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid online, by email at email@example.com or by calling at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4860.
Do I need a computer?
Yes! Coursework requires students to have their own computer with dependable internet access, printer access, microphone, and webcam accessibility. As a CVCC student, students have access to Microsoft Office. Other applications may be used at the instructor’s discretion. Upon application activation to CVCC, students are assigned a CVCC email address. Communication between student, faculty and any other college personnel will be by CVCC email. Students are expected to use the CVCC email for all college correspondence. Students need to read CVCC emails daily and check Blackboard for announcements and/or assignments, whether enrolled at CVCC or elsewhere. Check CVCC email regularly; applicants are notified of an accepted or non-accepted status into the program via CVCC email.
Will I be required to complete a Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening?
Yes. Carefully read the information below regarding background checks, drug testing, and the result of a negative background check. Applicants must use CastleBranch, a background screening and compliance management company, for background checks/drug screenings.
- A criminal background check and drug screening is required by program clinical sites.
- The student will be required to pay fees associated with these screenings.
- Clinical facilities may refuse access to clinical experiences based on the criminal background checks and/or drug testing.
- If any clinical facility refuses to allow a student access to a clinical experience, the student will be unable to continue in the program.
If I am an Undocumented Immigrant, how does that impact my application to this program?
Students who are not citizens of the United States pay out of state tuition in accordance with the State Board of Community Colleges (1D SBCCC 400.2 (b). In addition, federal law prohibits states from granting professional licenses to undocumented immigrants.
What if I move my residence while applying for this program?
It is a student’s responsibility to inform the college of changes in personal information regarding name, phone number and mailing address. To make changes to personal information, follow the instructions found in the FAQ section of Student Records on the MyCVCC Portal.
Completion and submission of the MAR Checklist is not a guarantee of acceptance into the program.
Admission to the program is based on a variety of criteria:
- Completion of all MAR Checklist items by the deadline date;
- Successful submission of all documents by the deadline date;
- The number of vacancies in the program; and
- The highly competitive selection process.
When and how will I be notified of acceptance to the program?
Applicants will be notified of acceptance to the program within 2-4 weeks of the deadline via an email to their CVCC email account. Applicants chosen as alternates or not accepted for the program will also be notified at that time. Students may apply to only one (1) healthcare program at a time. Should acceptance to that program be denied, the student may apply to another healthcare program whose application deadline has not yet occurred at CVCC. (CVCC Procedures 3.4)
What if I am not admitted to the program?
Applicants not admitted to the program will need to re-apply by completing the MAR Checklist for the year of reapplication and visit Student Services to confirm an active program status. Students are responsible for following the guidelines for reapplication. Activated applications remain active for three (3) semesters; afterwards, students need to visit Student Services and meet with an admissions staff member to complete a Program Update Form. Students are required to submit a new MAR Checklist each year to apply.
After initial acceptance into the program, but before the first day of class, students are required to complete the following:
- Attend a mandatory Orientation Session (Date, time and location To Be Announced)
- Students will be required to submit a completed Health Examination Form certifying the student appears to be able to participate in activities of a healthcare professional in a clinical setting. The Health Examination Form is provided to students at the mandatory Orientation Session.
Students who fail to comply with items 1 and 2 are not allowed to enter the program.
Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
For questions regarding the program contact the director of polysomnography at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4619 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding admission please contact Admissions at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4216 or email email@example.com.
Polysomnography - Technical Requirements
The following activities are examples of the kind of activities a student in the Polysomnography program will be required to perform in order to successfully complete the program. If an accepted student believes s/he cannot meet one of more of these standards without accommodations or modifications, the student should consult the CVCC Counselor for Disability Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (828) 327-7000, Ext. 4222.
|Critical Thinking||The PSG student should possess critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.||Student must be able to identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations|
|Interpersonal Skills||The PSG student shall possess interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, groups, etc. from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.||Student shall establish rapport with clients/patients and health care team members.|
|Communication Skills||The PSG student shall possess communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form.||Explain procedures, document and interpret technical actions and patient/client responses.|
|Mobility||The PSG student shall possess physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces, stand and walk for extensive periods of time.||Moves around in patients' room, work spaces and treatment areas, administer cardiopulmonary procedures.|
|Motor Skills||The PSG student shall possess gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective care.||Calibrate and use equipment, position patients/clients.|
|Hearing||The PSG student shall possess auditory ability, sufficient to monitor and assess health needs.||Hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, cries for help.|
|Visual||The PSG student shall possess visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in care.||Observe patient/client responses, see calibration of equipment, assess patient.|
|Tactile||The PSG student shall possess tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.||Perform palpation, application of electrodes.|
|Weight-Bearing||The PSG student shall possess ability to lift and manipulate/move 45-50 pounds, weekly and sometimes daily.||Position patients/clients, move equipment.|
|Cognitive Abilities||The PSG student shall possess ability to be oriented to time, place and person and organize responsibilities, make decisions.||Student shall assess client/patient complaints and implement appropriate plans.|
|Occupational Exposures||The allied health/PSG student may be exposed to communicable diseases and/or body fluids, toxic substances, medical preparations and latex. Students shall use appropriate precautions at all times.||Student may be assigned a client/patient with a communicable disease and shall provide total care using universal precautions.|
Polysomnography - Additional Program Costs
Estimated costs are subject to change without notice
|General Fees||Amount of Fee|
|Malpractice Insurance||$28.00 per year|
|Two Scrub Tops||$56.00|
|Two Pairs of Scrub Pants||$44.00|
|Vinyl or Leather Shoes||$60.00|
|Mannequin Head for Measuring and Marking||$40.00|
|Measuring Tape (with mm)||$5.00|
|Grease Pencils, approximate||$2.50 each|
|Kettering Review Course||$300.00|
|Travel to Clinical Sites||Will Vary by location|
|Healthcare BLS Certification||$45.00|
|Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening||Price set by CastleBranch|
Please Note: Each student will need to purchase two complete sets of scrubs at the beginning of the program. Students may travel to Charlotte, Boone, Marion, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Asheville, Lenoir, and/or Statesville for clinical experience. Clinicals occur during evening hours. These cost estimates are in addition to the costs that any student attending CVCC incurs each semester, such as tuition, activity fees, accident insurance, books, and class supplies such as pens, paper, etc. Students applying for graduation will pay a graduation diploma fee.
Minimum Admission Requirements (MAR) Explained
To be considered for Acceptance or Contingent Acceptance, all applicants must complete Minimum Admission Requirements (MAR) by the published deadline.
Application to any healthcare program is complex and complicated. Applicants who begin the CVCC admission process weeks or months before the deadline give themselves time to resolve unexpected issues. Please do not wait until the deadline to start the process.
Do This Step First
Activate the CVCC application with “Polysomnography-Diploma” as the intended major. Email/visit Student Services with a photo ID to confirm your records have active status if you have been a previous student.
Applications may be activated by distance provided the applicant sends an email to email@example.com in which a request is made to activate by distance and accompanied by a copy of the photo ID. Whether an application is activated in person or by distance, applicants are responsible for reading and understanding packet contents and meeting requirements. Admission to the program is based upon completion of all minimum requirements as listed on the attached Minimum Admission Requirements (MAR) Checklist by the specified deadline date, the number of vacancies in the program and the competitive selection process. Completion of the MAR is not a guarantee of acceptance. CVCC does not use waiting lists for any health program.
Students must have an active program status to be considered for the program. To avoid disappointment, do not wait until the deadline date to start the application process. Visit the CVCC Admissions webpage for hours of operation. Directions and campus maps are available on the CVCC webpage.
Official, Sealed High School or High School Equivalency Transcript submitted and received before the deadline.
Submit an official high school or high school equivalency transcript in a sealed envelope issued from the school, electronically through a third party vendor to firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal mail. Plan accordingly to ensure transcripts arrive by the deadline. Information on how to request transcripts will find information under the How to Request Official Transcripts webpage.
All Official, Sealed College Transcripts from all originating institutions, submitted and received before the deadline.
Submit all official college transcripts from every college attended in a sealed envelope issued from the school, electronically through a 3rd party vendor to email@example.com or by postal mail. Plan accordingly to ensure transcripts arrive by the deadline. Information on how to request transcripts may be found at the How to Request Official Transcripts webpage.
Applicants are encouraged, but not required at time of application, to bring official, sealed transcripts or unofficial transcripts. Plan accordingly as all official transcripts must be received by the deadline in order to be considered for the program.
Demonstrate college readiness by appropriate developmental course, college courses, SAT or ACT scores, college placement testing, Multiple Measures or RISE placement assignment.
College level English and math courses completed with a grade of “C” or higher; or SAT, ACT, Multiple Measures or NCDAP scores within 10 years.
Required Grade Point Average (GPA).
Applicants must satisfy at least one of the GPA scenarios:
- Recent high school graduates (January 1, 2020 or later) and current high school students must have an unweighted GPA of 2.80 or higher.
- Current or prior CVCC students must have a 2.50 cumulative GPA.
- Applicants who have attended another regionally accredited college or university and have completed six (6) semester hours of coursework in the CVCC Polysomnography curriculum may use the cumulative GPA earned at that college or university provided it is a 2.50 or higher. An official transcript is required to verify GPA.
Complete BIO 163 or BIO 168 and BIO 169 with a grade of “C” or higher in each course prior to the Spring entry term.
Students who are not enrolled in BIO 163 or BIO 169 at CVCC during the fall term must provide evidence of enrollment in the course by submitting an unofficial transcript showing the course In Progress (IP) or a copy of the fall registration statement or fall class schedule by the published MAR deadline. Documentation should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit the completed MAR Checklist before the deadline.
From the applicant’s CVCC email account (activated after the visit to Student Services), email a scanned copy or cell phone photo of the completed MAR Checklist to email@example.com. The MAR Checklist must be entirely readable with the student’s name and CVCC ID number. MAR Checklists are not accepted after the published deadline; applicants should make note of the deadline date published in the packet and on the MAR Checklist.
All documents must be emailed by the published deadline to firstname.lastname@example.org. Documents emailed to any other CVCC email address are not considered. Submission of the MAR Checklist is not a guarantee of acceptance into the program.
Pre-Admission Coursework Guide
The information provided below is for planning purposes only. Admission and curriculum requirements are subject to change without notice.
It is the applicant’s responsibility, whether enrolled at CVCC or elsewhere, to monitor completion of the Minimum Admission Requirements (MAR) on a semester by semester basis. Students must ensure all materials have been submitted before the deadline.
The following courses must be completed, or currently be in progress, by September 15, 2021:
- BIO 163 or BIO 168 and BIO 169 with a grade of “C” or better. Students enrolled in BIO 163 or BIO 169 in the fall prior to the spring admission term may apply, but acceptance into the program will be contingent upon completion of the course with a grade of “C” or better and evidenced by an official transcript if not taken at CVCC.
Applicants are not required to complete these courses before submitting a MAR Checklist, but these courses are awarded points in the selection process. These courses, which require a grade of “C” or better, meet program degree requirements:
- ENG 111 – Writing and Inquiry (3 credit hours)
- CIS 110 – Intro to Computers (3 credit hours)
- ELC 111 – Intro to Electricity (3 credit hours)
Only courses completed at the time of the published deadline are awarded points in the competitive admission process. Courses in progress at time of deadline are not awarded points.