Health Career Programs
Manchester Community College’s twenty-four credit Polysomnography certificate program has been designed to prepare students for a career as a polysomnographic technologist and to take the profession's credentialing examination. The program has been structured for students who are able to attend school on a full-time basis and can be completed in two semesters.
Please note that students who wish to enroll in the program must be accepted through a separate health careers admissions process. Please contact the Health Careers office in the Learning Resource Center, A-237, at 860-512-2704 for more information about the admissions process.
What Does a Polysomnographic Technologist Do?
Polysomnographic technologists, working in conjunction with a physician, perform and interpret sleep studies and provide comprehensive clinical evaluations that are required for the diagnosis of sleep related disorders. They also treat sleep related disorders and provide patient education focused on healthy sleep habits.
What is the Employment Outlook?
As reported in a study conducted by the online industry magazine, Advance for Sleep, opportunities for polysomnographic technologists are increasing as new sleep-study facilities continue to open across the country. The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of jobs for polysomnographers is expected to grow rapidly through 2016. This growth is due to an increasing number of people suffering from sleep disorders and greater interest in treatment and research.
What Courses are Required?
At MCC, the Polysomnography program curriculum is a mix of science and hands-on/practical courses. The curriculum includes courses on anatomy, physiology and biology, polysomnography instrumentation, how to conduct and document sleep studies, medical terminology, and a clinical rotation in which students perform the skills/techniques learned in the classroom and college laboratory. The program also prepares students to take the examination offered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists. If a student is already a Certified Respiratory Therapist then they will be eligible to take the Sleep Disorder Specialty examination offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care. In addition, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine plans to introduce a third pathway to credentialing in the near future.
Polysomnography Program Liaison
MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and "real world" credentials. The College offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees through guaranteed admissions programs with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I-84.
For additional information, contact: 860-512-2704