The expansion of polysomnography (sleep studies) in the health-care industry has created a marked increase in demand for polysomnography technicians. Many polysomnography clinics are inundated with referrals that may be deferred for months at a time due to inadequate staffing, resulting in delay of sleep disorder diagnoses and appropriate treatments.
The certificate in polysomnography is designed for current clinical practitioners and students who are interested in specializing in sleep disorder studies. Both didactic theory and clinical application offered in the program provide an avenue to gain knowledge, skills, and experience in the expanding discipline of polysomnography. Topics include sleep terminology, sleep structure and disorders, complete patient set-up and monitoring, data acquisition and scoring, and pharmacological and noninvasive interventions. The program is offered on campus and includes laboratory/clinical rotations, online and classroom discussions, and a case study presentation. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the sleep disorder specialist (SDS) examination by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) and/or the RPSGT examination by the Board of Registered Polysomnography Technologists (BRPT) after completion of the required clinical hours and requirements for each board examination. * Please see professional examination section.
By the end of this program, the graduate should be able to:
Graduates of this program are eligible to take the SDS examination by the NBRC and/or the RPSGT examination by the BRPT after completion of the required clinical hours and meeting the requirements of each examination. This program is designated as a STAR-focused program under the BRPT. Graduates will be eligible for the RPSGT (Pathway 4) and CPSGT (Pathway 3) after meeting the requirements of each pathway. NBRC inquiries can be made to 10801 Mastin Street, Suite 300, Overland Park, KS 66210; telephone: 913/895-4900; fax: 913/712-9283; or website: www.nbrc.org. BRPT inquiries can be made to 8400 Westpark Drive, 2nd Floor, McLean, VA 22102; telephone: 703/610-9020; fax: 703/610-0229; website: http://www.brpt.org/.
Loma Linda University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 1080 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 500, Alameda, CA 94501; telephone: 510/748-9001; fax: 510/748-9797; website: http://www.wscuc.org/contact.
Prerequisite (All coursework must be completed at an accredited institution.)
Because this program will have clinical rotations and patient contact, students are required to have a cardiopulmonary resuscitation/basic life support (BLS) card certification. This certification has to be current and obtained from an authorized American Heart Association training center. The BLS course is offered at Life Support Education, University Arts building, 24887 Taylor Street, Suite 102.
|RSPS 210||Foundation of Polysomnography and Sleep Medicine||2|
|RSPS 216||3- and 12-Leads ECG Interpretation||2|
|RSPS 227||Neuroanatomy and Physiology of Sleep||3|
|RSPS 230||Polysomnography Science Methodology||2|
|RSPS 234||Polysomnography Patient Education and Safety||1|
|RSPS 256||Polysomnography Monitoring and Scoring||2|
|RSPS 274||Polysomnography Diseases||3|
|RSPS 295||Polysomnography Practicum I||4|
|RELR 475||Whole Person Care||2|
|RSPS 286||Polysomnography Case Study||2|
|RSPS 296||Polysomnography Practicum II||4|
The polysomnography program offers clinical practicum course at affiliated clinical sites. Thus, students will commute to a 12 hours clinical rotation on every assigned clinical day; this might include day and night shifts. Therefore, students are responsible for their own transportation to each clinical site. The program will assign clinical instructors for each site to assess student learning and competency check-offs.
34 weeks (three  academic quarters) based on full-time enrollment