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Sleep Technology—FAQs

What exactly is a polysomnographic technologist?
Sleep Technology is a distinct allied health profession dedicated to care of patients with sleep disorders. Sleep techs assist sleep specialists in the assessment, testing and monitoring, diagnosis, management and care of patients with sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, REM behavior disorder, narcolepsy, and insomnia, to name a few. Sleep Technology is recognized as a separate and distinct allied health profession. See http://www.aastweb.org/whatissleeptechnologist.aspx for a further description of the profession.
Why has this program changed from a certificate to an Associate in Applied Science?
The field of sleep technology, like all of medicine, is undergoing rapid changes. Years ago a sleep technologist’s role was mainly performing diagnostic testing. Today techs need to be skilled in patient education, ensuring adherence to prescribed therapies, pediatric sleep, out of center testing, sleep study scoring, prevention of sleep disorders, fatigue management, and even billing and reimbursement. The curriculum needed to expand to ensure graduates are prepared for the profession. In addition, most industry leaders agree that the minimum of an associate degree in Sleep Technology should be the entry point into the profession.

What classes should I take before entering the program?
Because students are accepted into the program every fall semester, the prior spring and summer semesters can be used to take required general education courses. BIO 115 and MRT 110 earn applicants success points toward admission, and will increase the applicant’s ranking if completed prior to the application deadline. All other general education courses can be taken prior to acceptance into the program. See http://morainevalley.edu/programs/2013-2014/1441_course.htm  for a list of required courses.

I am a RPSGT and a graduate of Moraine Valley’s Sleep Program. Is it possible for me to complete the A.A.S. degree?
Yes! RPSGT-credentialed technologists who are currently working in the field may be eligible for advanced placement into the program. Contact the program coordinator at Guerrero@morainevalley.edu for details.

Will I be able to find a job in this field?
Yes! Sleep medicine continues to be a growing medical specialty. Although many changes to the field are occurring, sleep technologists are still in demand in our area. Nationwide trends vary.

Can I work full-time while going to school?
In a word, no. This is a very time-intensive program that will disrupt your sleep-wake schedule. Courses are offered in the evening and overnight hours, and the program itself is considered full-time in terms of the total number of hours of classroom, lab and clinical time. Students are required to attend two 10 to 12 hour overnight clinical rotations per week in the first spring semester, and additional overnight rotations throughout the second year of the program, in addition to classes on campus. Working a full- time job while in clinical will create a level of sleep deprivation that is dangerous for the student and the public. Please visit and review these links for information on the effects of sleep deprivation, and the hazards of drowsy driving.

Will I need to complete a criminal background check and drug screening for this program?
Yes, in order to comply with certain state statutes and/or clinical affiliation agreements, students will be required to complete a criminal background check and drug screening. Application forms for criminal background checks may be obtained through the Career Programs Subdivision Office, B150, and fees paid to the Cashier's Office. For information on criminal background application procedures, contact the Career Programs Subdivision Office at (708) 974-5708. Deadline dates for completion of criminal background checks and drug screens will be announced by Program coordinators.

Will I be able to choose my clinical assignment?
Efforts will be made to accommodate clinical requests, but students need to be willing and able to travel to any of the clinical sites, as it is not possible to accommodate all requests.

Do I need a license or registration to be a sleep technician?
There is no state or national licensure for PSG techs at this time. There is a national credentialing examination given by the Board for Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, the BRPT, which earns you the credential RPSGT. Our curriculum has been developed to be in line with the examination content. For more information about the BRPT, visit www.brpt.org. Once you have successfully completed the program, you are eligible to take the examination.

What are the program requirements once I'm accepted?

Students must:

  • Meet the Sleep Technical Standards
  • Earn grade of "C" (2.0) or better in each required career course
  • Have transportation to and from the clinical affiliates
  • Complete a physical exam and provide up-to-date immunization records
  • Successfully complete a criminal background check and drug screening
  • Have health insurance
    • Have a current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR card. Moraine Valley offers CPR for Healthcare Provider training through the Workforce Development and Community Services Department. The course number is AH8-039. Students are financially responsible for the CPR training required. For more information on CPR for Healthcare Providers, contact Aurora Zwick, Workforce Development, at (708) 974-5735.