Schools for Aspiring Polysomnographic Technologists and Technicians

Dec 09, 2019

Aspiring polysomnographic technologists and technicians can enroll in accredited certificate and associate degree programs to become certified by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT).

Polysomnographic technicians hold entry-level positions in the field, while technologists have greater responsibility and may supervise other workers. Programs in polysomnography are typically found at community colleges and technical schools.

10 Schools with Polysomnography Programs

These schools offer programs in polysomnography:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2018-2019)*
Alvin Community College Alvin, TX 2-year, Public Associate, Certificate $1,680 in-district, $2,784 in-state, $3,936 out-of-state
Southeastern Community College Whiteville, NC 2-year, Public Certificate $2,595 in-state, $8,739 out-of-state
GateWay Community College New Haven, CT 2-year, Public Associate, Certificate $4,424 in-state, $13,192 out-of-state
Cuyahoga Community College Cleveland, OH 2-year, Public Certificate $3,436 in-district, $4,322 in-state, $8,136 out-of-state
Catawba Valley Community College Hickory, NC 2-year, Public Associate $2,347 in-state, $7,723 out-of-state
Pitt Community College Winterville, NC 2-year, Public Associate, Certificate $1,930 in-state, $6,538 out-of-state
Linn-Benton Community College Albany, OR 2-year, Public Certificate $4,922 in-state, $10,991 out-of-state
Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis, MN 2-year, Public Associate $5,396
Roane State Community College Harriman, TN 2-year, Public Certificate $4,443 in-state, $17,349 out-of-state
Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY 2-year, Public Associate $5,812 in-state, $13,087 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Here are some important considerations for students choosing between polysomnography programs:

  • Students should make sure they meet the minimum admission requirements of the schools they consider. Some polysomnography certificate programs are designed for people who already hold undergraduate degrees but want to redirect their careers toward the field.
  • It is important for students to consider their educational and career goals when choosing between programs. For instance, certificate programs, which are shorter and more vocationally oriented than are associate's degree programs, may appeal to students interested in entering the workforce quickly.
  • Distance education opportunities, such as online or hybrid programs, could appeal to students currently working as health professionals.
  • Schools with extensive clinical facilities may offer students more observational and hands-on experience opportunities.

Certificate in Polysomnographic Technology

Certificate programs for aspiring polysomnographic technologists and technicians are available for students with no prior health care experience. Clinical experiences are typically mandatory. Programs can usually be completed within a year.

Certificate in Polysomnographic Technology for Health Care Professionals

Those who already work in other health care fields can pursue polysomnography certificate programs designed for credentialed professionals. Such programs do not cover basic medical terminology and patient care techniques, but include clinical training and lecture-based coursework.

Associate of Science in Polysomnographic Technology

Associate degree programs for aspiring polysomnographic technologists and technicians are 2-year programs that include general education requirements and clinical experiences. The curriculum may include more specialization in certain areas than certificate programs do, such as respiratory care or infant or pediatric polysomnography.

Certificate and associate's degree programs can train students to become polysomnographic technologists or technicians. They often include hands-on training, but some courses may be offered online.

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