Program Description

The expansion of polysomnography (sleep studies) in the health-care industry has created a marked increase in demand for polysomnography technicians. Many polysomnography clinics are inundated with referrals that may be deferred for months at a time due to inadequate staffing, resulting in delay of sleep disorder diagnoses and appropriate treatments. The certificate in polysomnography is designed for current clinical practitioners and students who are interested in specializing in sleep disorder studies. Both didactic theory and clinical application offered in the program will provide an avenue to gain knowledge, skills, and experience in the expanding discipline of polysomnography. Topics include sleep terminology, sleep structure and disorders, complete patient set-up and monitoring, data acquisition and scoring, and pharmacological and noninvasive interventions. The program is offered on campus and will include: laboratory/clinical rotations, online and classroom discussions, and a case study presentation. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the sleep disorder specialist (SDS) examination by the National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) and/or the RPSGT examination by the Board of Registered Polysomnography Technologists (BRPT) after completion of the required clinical hours/and requirement for each board examination.

Sleep Technology Approved Resource (STAR)

The Polysomnography Certificate program is designated as a STAR provider under the Board of Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT).  Graduates are eligible to use thie Focused Training for the RPSGT exam (Pathway 4) and the CPSGT exam (Pathway 3).  Please visit http://www.brpt.org website for more details.


Clinical Rotations

The polysomnography program offers clinical practicum course at affiliated clinical sites. Thus, students will commute to a 12 hours clinical rotation on every assigned clinical day; this might include day and night shifts. Therefore, each student is responsible for their own transportation to each clinical site. The program will assign clinical instructors for each site to assess student learning and competency check-offs.

 

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Program Length

three academic quarters (34 weeks)

Possible Careers

polysomnography, sleep study clinics

Application Deadlines

QuarterApplication OpenPriority DeadlineFinal Deadline
Autumn of 2019Jan 4, 2019Sep 15, 2019

Admissions Requirements

Program Requirements:
To be eligible for this program, in addition to the Loma Linda University and School of Allied Health Professions admission requirements, the following criteria must be met:Current Basic Life Support certification from the American Heart Association.
  1. Current Basic Life Support certification from the American Heart Association.
  2. Minimum of 2.5 G.P.A. of college credit (minimum of 36 Quarter units).  
  3. Complete an acceptable interview with Program Faculty.
  4. Three positive personal and/or professional references.
  5. For current students in the Loma Linda University Cardiopulmonary Sciences program, the following must be met:
    • An agreement and acceptance from both program directors to add the sleep track/units to the current student plan.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite (All prerequisite coursework be completed at a 

regionally accredited institution)
  • Human anatomy and physiology or general biology with laboratory, complete sequence
  • Introductory chemistry with laboratory; or general chemistry with laboratory (minimum of 1 quarter or semester)
  • High school-level physics or introductory physics, one quarter/semester in college; or general physics, one quarter/semester in college
  • Two years of mathematics selected from: algebra I (elementary), algebra II (intermediate), or geometry-Course work may be taken in high school or college
  • English composition complete sequence. 

Co-requisite: 

  • Medical Terminology

Recommended course work

  • Speech
  • Sociology or Anthropology. 
  • Psychology
  • Microbiology

Basic Life Support

Since this program will have clinical rotations and patient contact, students are required to have a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)/BLS card certification. This certification has to be current and obtained from an authorized American Heart Association training center. BLS course is offered at Life Support Education, University Arts building, 24887 Taylor Street, Suite 102.

Discipline Accrediting Agency

Loma Linda University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501; telephone: (510) 748-9001.
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Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2019-2020

Year of Program:Year 1
Tuition$12,825
Fees$2,640
Books & Supplies$620
Instruments
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total$16,085

Notes

Expected costs for the 2019-2020 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

The cost of attendance varies from year to year.  Please contact the office of Student Finance for up-to-date costs.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2019-2020, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program:Year 1
Months enrolled9
Room & Board
Transportation
Personal Expenses

Notes

  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.