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Polysomnographic (Sleep) Technician (Online Option)


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Program Description


This course series prepares students to sit for the board certification exam to become a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist or RPSGT. Sleep Technologists work overnight and collect data usin​g polysomnograms that measure bioelectrical sleep activity. They acquire and analyze signals from electroencephalograms (EEG), electrocardiograms (EKG), electromyograms (EMS), respiratory flow and effort sensors.

Program Outcomes


CCBC Credential:
Students will earn a CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Students will be prepared to take the national certification exam through the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

Certifying Organization:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

www.caahep.org

727-210-2350; FAX: 727-210-2354

25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida, 33763

Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologist exam cost is $450. The cost for the first registry test is included in the course series cost.

Financial Aid and Payment Options


Baltimore County College Promise
Maryland Promise
Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
Maryland Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship
Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Local Office of Workforce Development
Pell Grant and Loans
Students may apply for a career training scholarship through Central Scholarship (http://www.central-scholarship.org/)

Program Length


​12-15 months

Program Requirements


Information/Orientation:
Mandatory: Students are required to attend an online orientation after provisional acceptance into this course series.  Contact CEHealth@ccbcmd.edu for more information about application process.  

Requirements:
High School Diploma or GED; computer literate; and Internet access.

Students must have the following paperwork turned in to the coordinator PRIOR to clinicals:

  • Negative PPD (six months) or negative chest x-ray less than one year old
  • Positive titer or proof of vaccination/immunity for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella
  • Current Flu vaccination
  • Hepatitis B vaccination or declination form
  • Tetanus shot (less than ten years)
  • Copy of health insurance card
  • Copy of high school diploma or GED
  • Clinical eligibility is in part dependent upon a criminal background check and random urine drug testing. Cost of testing is the responsibility of the student.

Prior Learning Assessment


This program has potential options for waving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum.  A maximum of 437 program hours may be earned from prior learning.  Note: the waiver of program hours may affect Pell eligibility.

Application Process


To apply, go to ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  Then, email CEHealth@ccbcmd.edu for more information about upcoming course options and the application process.

Provisional Entry - The Sleep Technologist program requires the following application and acceptance process:

1. New Students: Call CCBC Registration at 443-840-2222 or 443-840-4700 to apply for a CCBC Student Identification (ID) number. Application cost is $10.00. After receiving your ID number, proceed to Step 2 below.

2. Go to https://shwa.ccbcmd.edu/ to retrieve your user name and create a password.

3. Go to https://ccbcmd-bb.blackboard.com/ to access the online application.

4. Enter your User Name and Password.

5. Click the “Course” tab at the top of the page. You will see the application course for your area of study on your list: Sleep Technology Series Application - AHC 379

6. Click on the application course and read the instructions on the first page.

7. You must submit the following items by the cutoff date – ‘Assignments’ in Blackboard - to meet all of the requirements for the application:

  • Application (2 pages)
  • Must be submitted as a .doc, .docx or .rtf
  • Scanned copy of one or more of the following:
  • High School Diploma or other proof of completion
  • GED
  • College Transcript
  • Other requirements for specific areas of study as detailed in Blackboard
  • Sign the Technical Standards document for the Program

8. Check the Blackboard “Gradebook’ for admissions decision approximately 10 days after the submission deadline.

9. Plan to attend the mandatory orientation for your series as detailed on Blackboard

Program Course Sequence


 

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Costs

T=Tuition/F=Fees

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

Module 1:

 

 

 

AHL 166​ ​Essential Skills for the Health Care Professional ​20

​$179

T-$54/F-$125

​Handouts and Online

AHE 124

Medical Terminology for Health Occupations

30

$329

T-$99/F-$230

Programmed Learning Approach to Medical Terminology, Third Edition​ Price is approximately $87.95​

AHL 179

Introduction to Polysomnography

40

$255

T-109/F-$146

Handouts

 

AHL 101

 

Sleep Patient Intake Skills

 

20

$329

T-$109/F-$146

Handouts

AHE 106

Clinical Observation

40

$369

T-$111/F-$258

None

AHL 180

Basic Math for Health Care Workers

10

 $145  

T-$44/F-$101

Handouts online

 

       

Module I Totals:

167

$1650

T-$516/ F-$1090

Approximately $87.95

Module II:

 

AHE 672

 

Anatomy and Physiology Online

30

$329   

T-$99/F-$230

The Human Body in Health and Disease; 6th (or latest) edition; Patton  and Thibodeau; Elsevier (soft cover); ISBN 9780023101243; $70.35

AHL 152

Pharmacology

20

$275

T-$83/F-$192

Essentials of Pharmacology for Health Occupations; 7th;  9781285077881; $103.95

AHE 181

Basic EKG Training

20

$425

T-$220/F-$205

Hussar’s Basic Dysrhythmias and Acute Coronary Syndromes; Fourth Edition; 9780323039741; $75.70

AHL 182

Polysomnographic Technology Training (includes 5 practicum classes)

56

$1089

T-$327/F-$762

1) Essentials of Polysomnography Bundle; ISBN 9781284059595; $180; and

2) Fundamentals of Sleep Technology; ISBN 978145133208; $165*

​AHL 102 ​Sleep Clinical Internship – NPSG 100​

$549

T-$165/F-$384

 

​Online materials

Module II Totals:

226

$2667

T-$894

F-$1773

$595.00*

 

Module III:

AHL 702

Neuromuscular Anatomy and Pathophysiology

32

$610  

T-$183/F-$427

 

Online materials

AHL 703

Cardiorespiratory Anatomy and Pathophysiology

32

$610  

T-$183/F-$427

 

Online materials

​AHL 100 ​Positive Airway Pressure Techniques

40​

​$469

T-$141/F-$328

​Handouts online
​AHL 103 Clinical Internship - Day/Scoring ​100

​$549

T-$165/F-$384

Online materials

Module III Totals:

204

$2238

T-$672/F-$1566

$0

Module IV:

​AHL 098

Sleep Staging & Scoring Guidelines

40

​$479

T-$144/F-$335

Online materials

AHL713

Polysomnographic Clinicals

80

$866

T-$260/F-$606

None

AHL 104

Sleep Clinical Internship – Titration

100

$549

T-$165/F-$384

None

AHL 134

BRPT Board Exam Preparation for CAAHEP

40

$439

T-$1328/F-$307

None

Module IV Totals:

260

$2333 

T-$701/F-$1632         

$0

Course Series Totals:

857

$8888

T-$2783

F-$6061

$677.09*

Additional Information


Course Substitutions:
Medical Terminology AHE 534 can be substituted with OFAD/MDAS 141, or ALHL 115, or AHL 717 or AHE 124
Anatomy and Physiology AHE 519 can be substituted with AHE 672, or AHL 715, or BIOL 109, or BIOL 220 and BIOL 221.
Basic Math WOS 064 can be substituted with AHL 716 or MATH 083.

Additional Expenses:
Course Series: Students are responsible for the cost of all medical testing, background check, drug screening, and scrubs/uniforms.  These expenses total approximately $800.

BRPT National Exam Certification:  CCBC will pay for the student’s first attempt at the Certification Test at a cost of $450.

Post-Course Series: Licensure is obtained through the Maryland Board of Physicians at a cost of $200.  This cost includes registration of your certification and license as an Allied Health Care provider through the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  Sleep Technologists must be certified and licensed to work in the State of Maryland.

Skills for Success:
See the Technical Standards at the end of this document.

Career Opportunities:
There is currently a large shortage of sleep technologists in the state of Maryland due to certification and licensure regulations. Regulations currently state you must participate in a CAAHEP accredited program to receive certification in MD.

Students who complete the program and receive their certification can receive credits toward an Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health through the School of Health Professions.

Student Placement Outcomes:
The Polysomnography program achieved 100% positive placement for students that have their licensure.

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Contact Information


​For more information email CEHealth@ccbcmd.edu

Technical Standards


Technical Standards for CCBC’s Sleep (Polysomnographic) Technologist Training Series
The primary goal of The Community College of Baltimore County’s Polysomnographic Technologist Series is to adequately prepare students for an entry-level position in the sleep medicine field.  Sleep Technicians are critical staff in preparing for and conducting the actual sleep studies.  They also play a vital role in the reading and scoring of studies before they are reported to physicians.

The duties of a sleep tech require the ability to stay focused on a variety of patients/equipment during ten to twelve hour night shifts. They need to exercise safe practices while exposed to unpleasant sights, odors, materials, and communicable diseases.  Their duties also require them to be detail oriented and to have strong human relation skills. A high level of manual dexterity, psychomotor skills, and integrity are vital. 

Following is a partial listing of the types of skills usually required for adequate job performance:

Physical Requirements:
A. Sufficient strength and mobility to: 

  • Lift and position patients as needed.
  • Move swiftly within close quarters 
  • Lift up to 50 pounds without assistance
  • Move quickly among tasks in different areas of the sleep center
  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Stand for periods of one hour or more

B. Fine motor coordination sufficient to perform precise and delicate tasks such as:

  • Set up equipment such as EKG and EEG machines requiring excellent manual dexterity in both hands
  • Perform a variety of tasks requiring strong eye-hand coordination
  • Record medical information into an electronic record system

C. Adequate vision to:

  • Read physician or lab orders
  • Read small numbers on thermometers, sphygmomanometers, or other equipment 
  • Read printouts (electronic or paper) of sleep equipment
  • Recognize patterns on EEG/EKG and other machines/equipment
  • Read small print as found on medication labels
  • Read instruction sheets and computer screens

D. Sufficient hearing to:

  • Hear and understand verbal instructions under noisy conditions from masked personnel
  • Sufficiently record breaths, heart rate or other sounds in noisy conditions
  • Hear equipment sounds that indicate need for attention (beeps, buzzers)
  • Respond to audible alerts from patients

Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism:
A. Have the ability to: 

  • Work in a professional manner as a member of a medical team in stressful situations
  • Remain calm and perform as trained during emergency and life and death situations
  • Interact in a professional manner with many personalities and attitudes and with people from many different backgrounds
  • Respect and protect patient rights and confidentiality without regard to personal beliefs and judgments
  • Maintain proper certifications required to perform the duties of the profession
  • Work shifts as assigned, which may include on-call, holidays, and weekends
  • Respond professionally to patients, colleagues and physicians in all circumstances
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic (reliable, dependable, strong attendance)
  • Demonstrate ability to be detail oriented and work with little direct supervision

B. Sufficient communication skills to:

  • Give and receive accurate written and verbal instructions
  • Carry out all written and verbal instructions
  • Follow proper channels of communication 
  • Communicate in a calm and professional manner
  • Accurately interpret the patient’s needs 
  • Communicate clearly and effectively to any team member
  • Provide patient/public education 

Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability To:

  • Exercise independent judgment to properly care for patients
  • Accurately utilize all resource material available to perform tasks assigned
  • Accurately identify, calculate dosage, and transfer medications
  • Work calmly and efficiently in stressful situations
  • Maintain calm during emergency situations
  • Perform duties while exposed to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights, odors, and materials 
  • Accept feedback from others 
  • Complete program requirements
  • Competently operate computers and medical equipment used in sleep medicine

Environment Requirements:
Sleep Technician work involves risks and/or discomforts that require special safety precautions including, but not limited to:

  • Wearing gowns, caps, masks, gloves, and eye protection
  • Providing proof of recent immunizations against infectious diseases such as measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Receiving Hepatitis B vaccine and annual testing for exposure to tuberculosis
  • Submitting to periodic drug screening
  • Being exposed to bio-hazardous materials (blood) on rare occasions 

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