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Polysomnographic Technology


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The polysomnographic technologist performs a vital role in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Already an integral part of clinical and research settings, polysomnographic technologists work in the management and marketing of sleep centers, product support, and patient education regarding sleep hygiene and relaxation counseling. The profession has shown significant growth due to increased public awareness of sleep disorders worldwide. 

Polysomnographic technologists are the technical group specially trained to perform polysomnograms (PSG) for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep/arousal disorders. This includes the management of positive airway pressure (PAP) devices used to treat obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). These individuals function independently to safely operate sophisticated medical equipment to record sleep/ wake physiology. Under direction of a board-certified sleep medicine physician, technologists follow protocols for a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic sleep tests. 

Program Overview

SCC’s program is part-time comprised of 6 credit hours per term. The program is two semesters in length (or 9 months). The program is offered online with clinical rotations being completed at approved sleep disorders centers. Students will complete a comprehensive program in patient assessment, equipment calibration, data acquisition, diagnostic evaluation, therapeutic modalities and follow-up care of patients. Students are encouraged to select sleep disorders centers near their home to complete their clinical education. Students are required to complete 135 hours of clinical education.

A Certificate in Polysomnographic Technology is awarded upon completion of the program. Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist exam offered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists in order to earn the RPSGT credential.

The Polysomnographic Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Polysomnographic Technologist Education (CoAPSG): Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP); 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158; Clearwater, FL 33763; 727-210-2350; www.caahep.org (http://www.caahep.org/)

For more information contact:
Kelly Cummins, Program Director
402-437-2780 or 800-642-4075, ext. 2780

or the College Admissions Office
Lincoln 402-437-2600, 800-642-4075, ext. 2600

Admission Requirements

  • Complete Program General Education Requirement Courses
  • Specific levels of Math and Reading Placement Scores
  • Complete online application to the program during the designated time periods
  • Complete program admission checklist (refer to program website for requirements: www.southeast.edu/polysomnographictech/)
  • High School or GED® transcripts
  • College transcripts demonstrating they meet either the required courses OR an Associate of Applied Science in any Allied Health Science program (refer to program website for requirements)

The following required courses must be completed:

  • Written Communication or Oral Communication
  • Computer Literacy
  • Social or Behavioral Sciences
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Medical Ethics and Law
  • Medical Terminology


Associate of Applied Science in any Health Science degree

The following are offered at SCC:

  • Respiratory Care
  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Paramedic
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Surgical Technology