In order to sit for the BRPT exam to become a registered polysomnographic technologist (RPSGT), an aspiring sleep technician should seek a program accredited by either the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Accredited programs are available at community colleges and vocational and technical schools throughout the nation.
Schools with Polysomnography Programs
These schools provide programs in polysomnography for aspiring sleep technicians:
|College University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Gannon University||Erie, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Certificate||$29,258|
|Southern Crescent Technical College||Griffin, GA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,122 in-state, $7,326 out-of-state|
|Loma Linda University||Loma Linda, CA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Certificate||$29,520|
|River Valley Community College||Claremont, NH||2-year, Public||Certificate||$6,855 in-state, $15,015 out-of-state|
|Oregon Institute of Technology||Klamath, OR||4-year, Public||Associate, Certificate||$8,838 in-state, $24,825 out-of-state|
|Baker College of Flint||Flint, MI||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Associate||$8,640|
|GateWay Community College||New Haven, CT||2-year, Public||Associate, Certificate||$4,032 in-state, $12,096 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking into a sleep technician school:
- Students might want to choose a school with the option for clinical experiences in hospitals and sleep clinics in order to get hands-on training.
- Students should look at the curriculum for different degree levels and determine which best meets their educational needs. For instance, associate's degree programs typically include general education coursework, and credits may be transferred to a bachelor's degree program in the future.
- Students with scheduling constraints should find out if a school has online options to help with flexibility in scheduling.
- Those who are interested in specific subjects should determine whether the school provides specialization options in their interest area, such as cardiac studies or studies of particular population demographics.
Certificate for Polysomnographic Technologists
An accredited certificate program in polysomnographic technology can be completed in one or two years and qualifies students to take the RPGST certification examination. Clinical experiences are commonly required.
Associate Degree for Polysomnographic Technologists
Two-year accredited associate degree programs in polysomnographic technology qualify graduates for national certification. Internships and clinical experiences are typically extensive at this level, and general education courses are required.
In an accredited polysomnography program, aspiring sleep technicians can get the hands-on and lecture-based training they need to start working in the field. Specialization options and alternative scheduling formats may be available at some schools.