Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is a Polysomnography Technologist?
The word polysomnography means many (poly), sleep (somno), and tests (graphy). As a polysomnography technologist, you will perform tests to record electroencephalography (EEG), the study of the electrical activity of the brain, electro-oculography (EOG), the study of the electrical activity of the eye and electromyography (EMG), the study of the electrical activity of muscles and the study of electrical activity of the heart, as well as the effects of sleep has on the respiratory system. Polysomnography is the gold standard for definition and consolidating sleep into a manageable construct.
Where are Polysomnography Technologists employed?
Polysomnography Technologists are currently utilized both in research and in clinical application. Most technologists are employed in hospitals. More and more technologists are being employed in accredited independent sleep labs, in physician’s offices, and a few are employed in homecare companies.
How long is the program; can I complete the program on a part-time basis?
The program is 3 semesters. Part-time basis is determined by the amount of courses completed prior formal, program acceptance. Clinical rotations are 9 hours/night, twice/week in the Fall and 9 hours/day, twice/week in the Spring. Clinical experiences start in the evening and finish in the early morning hours in Fall and during the day in Spring.
Is the program offered in the evenings or weekends; can I work while attending the program?
Most of the courses are scheduled in the evening and nights, yet some courses are during the day. Most people find part-time work manageable. Increased, outside employment may be detrimental to successful, academic progress!
I already have credits, can I complete the program in less than 3 semesters?
No, unfortunately the courses are only offered sequentially, on a yearly basis.
What is a typical salary for a technologist?
The Cleveland region experiences a starting salary is $35,000 while the maximum registered technologists (RPSGT) salary is at $56,000 (see www.salary.com)
Which TRI-C campuses offer Polysomnography training?
Only the Western campus in Parma offers this program.
How many applicants are received each year; How many are accepted?
Depending on clinical site availability, we can accept up to 15 students at the Western campus to start in the first semester. Accepted applicants are required to attend a general counseling session, prior to the first semester. There is a waiting list for this program when applications exceed the maximum number.
Is financial aid available?
Generally yes. Students may qualify for the usual Federal or State programs. For more information on college financial aid and/or scholarships, contact the Western Campus' Financial Aid Office at 216-987-5100.
Can I transfer credits from another college or university?
Generally yes. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a counselor after transcripts have been forwarded.