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Polysomnography Certificate

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Program Design

 The objective of the Polysomnography Certificate program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to obtain employment as a Polysomnography Technician in sleep labs associated with medical practices and hospitals.  Graduates will be prepared to assist the doctor in performing sleep test and in the interpretation of the data obtained during testing.  The program will prepare students for the national examination offered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

Scholastic Preparation and Admission Process

The Polysomnography Certificate program relies on a selective admission process, which uses specific admissions criteria. These criteria are available through the Mathematics, Science and Health Careers division office. The admission criteria require that the students are eligible for the equivalent of BIO* 115 MAT* 109 , and ENG* 101 .  Interested candidates will be expected to have a history of academic success. Admission to the Polysomnography Certificate program requires a separate application. Complete information on specific criteria for acceptance and the admission process is available from the Mathematics, Science and Health Careers division office at 860-512-2704.


The program is currently seeking accreditation as a new program.


The program begins each September and continues through two semesters. In each semester of the program, students will train at the hospitals in conjunction with classes held at the college. All hospital training is supervised by trained clinical instructors. Due to standards set by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), students are advised that the healthcare facilities to which they are assigned for clinical rotations may require that they submit to a criminal background check before beginning their clinical experiences. Manchester Community College cannot be responsible for finding an alternate clinical placement for a student who fails to pass the background check. Students are advised to meet with an MCC Counselor to discuss degree completion requirements. After graduating from the program, students will be eligible to take the entry level examination offered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT).

A physical examination and an immunization record are required of all students prior to beginning clinical rotations. Students are responsible for hospital parking fees; uniforms; clinical supplies, e.g. stethoscopes; assessment examination and miscellaneous expenses.  Note that clinical rotations for the program take place during the overnight hours.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Polysomnography Certificate Program requirements, graduates will

  1. Perform the tasks and skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry level polysomnographic technician, using equipment basic to the profession.
  2. Identify pathology and etiology of sleep disorders and the relationship of oxygenation and ventilation.
  3. Interpret and use information (medical records, acquisition and analysis sytem information) to draw reasonable conclusions and provide safe therapy.
  4. Model the skills necessary to work in a multicultural world as a medical professional.
  5. Meet the educational requirements for professional certification and registration eligibility.

Total Credits Required: 24

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