Polysomnographic Technology

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Polysomnographic Technology includes parallel clinical training in various Valley hospitals and free-standing sleep centers. The Polysomnographic Technology program prepares polysomnographic technologists (sleep technologists) to assist physicians specializing in sleep medicine in the clinical assessment, physiological monitoring and testing, diagnosis, management, and treatment of sleep related disorders with the use of various diagnostic and therapeutic tools providing care to patients of all ages. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be prepared to sit for the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists examination to become a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT).

Details

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Polysomnographic Technology (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3135
Total Credits Required
64-84
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. To prepare competent entry-level polysomnographic technologists in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.
  2. Communicate information effectively in verbal, nonverbal, and written forms between patients and members of multidisciplinary healthcare teams.
  3. Perform a polysomnographic study which includes patient hookup, diagnostic evaluation of sleep disorders, technical evaluation for physician, and patient cleanup.
  4. Work independently to perform polysomnographic procedures.
  5. Apply critical thinking to polysomnographic procedures and problem solving.
  6. Manage diverse people and situations.
  7. Demonstrate the ethical and professional standards expected of a polysomnographic technologist.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Medical Dosimetrists, Medical Records Specialists, and Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other

$41,570

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

1. Formal admission to the Polysomnography or Electroneurodiagnostic (END) Technology program is required.
2. Formal application can be made at any time.
3. Background check requirements: Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Background Check Standards. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Background Check Policy.
4. Clinical health and safety requirements must be met. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Clinical Health and Safety Policy.
5. Inability to comply with background check requirements and/or clinical health and safety requirements at the start of classes may result in cancellation of enrollment.
6. Proof of current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR Certification.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO160 or
BIO201
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or Human Anatomy and Physiology I If BIO201 is taken, BIO202 must also be taken prior to admission in the program SG 4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT12+ Intermediate Algebra Critical course OR Equivalent course OR satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course 3–6
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3
HCC130 or
(HCC130AA and
HCC130AB and
HCC130AC and
HCC130AD and
HCC130AE and
HCC130AF)
Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery or (Health Care Today and Workplace Behaviors in Health Care and Personal Wellness and Safety and Communication and Teamwork in Health Care Organizations and Legal Issues in Health Care and Decision Making in the Health Care Setting) OR Work experience or equivalent education as evaluated by the GateWay Health Core Curriculum Coordinator 0–3

Fall Semester (Term 2)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 2)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EEG115 Biomedical Electronic Technology I Critical course Gateway course 2
EEG116 Biomedical Electronic Technology II Critical course Gateway course 3
EEG130 Introduction to EEG Critical course Gateway course 4
EEG210 Applied Neurophysiology 3
HCC145 or
HCC146
Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals or Common Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals OR Work experience or equivalent education as evaluated by the GateWay Health Core Curriculum Coordinator 0–3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II This course is required only if BIO201 was taken in Term 1 SG 0–4

Spring Semester (Term 3)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 3)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSG150 Introduction to Sleep Medicine Critical course Gateway course 3
PSG150LL Introduction to Sleep Medicine Laboratory Critical course Gateway course 1
PSG160 Polysomnographic Procedures 2
PSG160LL Polysomnographic Procedures Laboratory 1
PSG165 Clinical Polysomnography I 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
HCC164 Pharmacology for Allied Health 0.5
HCC200 Basic Client Care for Allied Health 0.5
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology SB 3

Summer Semester (Term 4)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Summer Semester (Term 4)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HRC101 Overview of Healthcare Compliance 1
PSG170 Sleep Therapeutics 2
PSG170LL Sleep Therapeutics Laboratory 1
PSG265 Clinical Polysomnography II 2
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
ENG102 or
ENG108 or
ENG111
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL or Technical and Professional Writing FYC or L 3

Fall Semester (Term 5)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 5)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSG140 Respiratory Care Fundamentals and Physiology for Polysomnography 4
PSG250 Record Scoring 2
PSG250LL Record Scoring Laboratory 1
PSG260 Special Topics in Polysomnography 2
PSG275 Clinical Polysomnography III 3
PSG282AA Volunteerism for Polysomnographic Technology: Service Learning Experience 1

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO160 or
BIO201
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or Human Anatomy and Physiology I If BIO201 is taken, BIO202 must also be taken prior to admission in the program SG 4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT12+ Intermediate Algebra Critical course OR Equivalent course OR satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course 3–6

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3
HCC130 or
(HCC130AA and
HCC130AB and
HCC130AC and
HCC130AD and
HCC130AE and
HCC130AF)
Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery or (Health Care Today and Workplace Behaviors in Health Care and Personal Wellness and Safety and Communication and Teamwork in Health Care Organizations and Legal Issues in Health Care and Decision Making in the Health Care Setting) OR Work experience or equivalent education as evaluated by the GateWay Health Core Curriculum Coordinator 0–3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II This course is required only if BIO201 was taken in Term 1 SG 0–4
ENG102 or
ENG108 or
ENG111
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL or Technical and Professional Writing FYC or L 3

Fall Semester (Term 3)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 3)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EEG115 Biomedical Electronic Technology I Critical course Gateway course 2
EEG116 Biomedical Electronic Technology II Critical course Gateway course 3
EEG130 Introduction to EEG Critical course Gateway course 4

Spring Semester (Term 4)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 4)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EEG210 Applied Neurophysiology 3
HCC145 or
HCC146
Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals or Common Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals OR Work experience or equivalent education as evaluated by the GateWay Health Core Curriculum Coordinator 0–3
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology SB 3

Fall Semester (Term 5)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 5)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSG150 Introduction to Sleep Medicine Critical course Gateway course 3
PSG150LL Introduction to Sleep Medicine Laboratory Critical course Gateway course 1
PSG160 Polysomnographic Procedures 2
PSG160LL Polysomnographic Procedures Laboratory 1
PSG165 Clinical Polysomnography I 3

Spring Semester (Term 6)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 6)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L 3
HCC164 Pharmacology for Allied Health 0.5
HCC200 Basic Client Care for Allied Health 0.5
HRC101 Overview of Healthcare Compliance 1
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3

Fall Semester (Term 7)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 7)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSG140 Respiratory Care Fundamentals and Physiology for Polysomnography 4
PSG170 Sleep Therapeutics 2
PSG170LL Sleep Therapeutics Laboratory 1
PSG265 Clinical Polysomnography II 2

Spring Semester (Term 8)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 8)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSG250 Record Scoring 2
PSG250LL Record Scoring Laboratory 1
PSG260 Special Topics in Polysomnography 2
PSG275 Clinical Polysomnography III 3
PSG282AA Volunteerism for Polysomnographic Technology: Service Learning Experience 1
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Polysomnographic Technology (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=148539).


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