Polysomnographic Technology Free Orientation

A free information and orientation session for those interested in becoming a Polysomnographic Technologist, or sleep technician, will be held at Linn-Benton Community College on Thursday, March 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Calapooia Center building, room CC-213, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.

Polysomnographic Technologists assist sleep physicians to help patients with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. Technologists ready the patient for testing, track the patient’s sleep patterns, and write and interpret the results for the physician.

LBCC’s Polysomnographic Technologist program combines online and in-class instruction with a clinical practicum. Skill areas covered include the physiology of sleep with an emphasis on sleep disorders and their treatment. The program also covers how to administer, interpret and score a variety of sleep tests.

A second orientation will be held on April 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Attendance at one of the orientation sessions is mandatory before applying for the program.

Classes start June 20, 2011 and run through March 17, 2012. Program applications will be accepted starting March 21. Cost for the program is $7,500. Check the LBCC web site for program prerequisites at www.linnbenton.edu/go/forms. For more information, contact LBCC Health Occupations and Workforce Education at 541-917-4923.

The LBCC curriculum has been designated by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) as an alternate educational pathway for purposes of establishing Pathway 1 eligibility to sit for the RPSGT exam. The curriculum is not recognized by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) for purposes of AASM facility accreditation.

A Pathway 1 designation means that students will need to complete 18 months of paid work experience to be eligible to sit for the Registered Polysomnographic Technician exam. LBCC has applied for accreditation by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The program is currently under review by the Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education as part of this process.


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