Texas School of Sleep Medicine


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PSG Tech I with Clinical Externship

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This technical certificate program is a combined 80-hour AASM Accredited ASTEP Introductory course and 400 hour clinical rotation and is composed of didactic and clinical instruction. It is designed to prepare the student for employment in a Sleep Disorders Center as a Certified Polysomnographic Technician because of the added clinical experience. Graduates of the program will be able to communicate and interact effectively with sleep disorder patients. Students are trained in the physical and physiological aspects of sleep disorders, familiarity with the different sleep disorders, application of monitoring electrodes utilizing the 10-20 International System as well as other ancillary monitoring equipment, calibrate monitoring equipment, and utilize proper montage and protocol used during polysomnographic studies.

The graduates are required to be able to prepare the patient for testing and successfully perform polysomnographic studies, familiarity with EKG and EEG abnormalities and the use of proper documentation and note taking, have a good understanding and be able to administer CPAP, BiPAP, Auto-set PAP and oxygen (O2) therapy.

The addition of the 10-week externship allows the student to obtain clinical experience in the field of sleep technology.  Over the course of the externship, students are required to obtain 400 hours in clinical care of patients with sleep disorders.  This takes place from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. under the direction of the medical director, Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, or Certified Polysomnographic Technicians.  Additionally, students are required to complete the designated subset of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine's A-STEP Self-Learning Modules necessary to become eligible to sit for the Certified Polysomnographic Technician examination offered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists. Students have the opportunity to review physician orders and data from patients with various sleep and medical disorders being evaluated at a sleep center.  In addition, the clinical rotation allows for the student to further develop the skills acquired in the classroom setting and apply them to real life situations.  A more thorough understanding of the details of sleep technology is obtained through this process.  In addition, this 10-week session introduces the student to the “art” of taking care of patients and performing diagnostic Polysomnography as well as therapeutic maneuvers such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure.

There will be some exposure to the scoring of polysomnographic records, but ability to achieve this expertise is outside the scope of this curriculum.  Further experience in the field and additional courses can be taken to achieve this goal.

Due to the time intense nature and expense of this course there is opportunity to defray costs through a work-study program offered through the Texas School of Sleep Medicine & Technology.

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