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Polysomnographic Technology Program

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General Program Description

The Associate of Science in Polysomnographic Technology degree at Darton State College is a six (6) semester program designed to prepare the student for employment as a Polysomnographic Technician. The program is open to qualified applicants regardless of experience. An Associate's Degree is awarded in Polysomnographic Technology to students who successfully complete all aspects of the Polysomnographic Technology class and clinical/practicum curriculum.

Admission to Darton State College

Darton State College is an open admission college, however, acceptance into the Polysomnographic Technology Program is by selection. The number of selections is limited to ten students per year starting every Fall semester. The Polysomnographic Technology Program will review and evaluate each application on an impartial basis.

Students wishing to apply for admission to the Polysomnographic Technology Program must first be admitted to Darton State College. To apply for general admission to the college, submit an Application for Admission, a $20 non-refundable application fee and official transcripts of all previous academic work.

Admission to the Polysomnography Program

Completed applications to the Polysomnography Program should be received:

NO LATER THAN June 15th

An application packet for the Polysomnography Program can be downloaded from this web site by clicking "Application Packet". If you cannot download the application packet, one may be picked up at the Allied Health office or call (229) 317-6897 and one will be mailed to you. The application is considered completed only when ALL information requested is received. Students are responsible for making sure their application is complete.

Students seeking admission to the Darton College Polysomnography Program must complete an application packet for admission and return it to the Health Sciences Division, Darton State College. Read all information carefully before completing the application packet.

To be considered for the admission to the Polysomnography Program, the applicant must first be admitted to Darton State College, exit any required learning support courses, and meet the following requirements:

  1. Present a composite score of 870 or higher on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or a composite score of 19 or higher on the American College Testing Service Assessment Test (ACT) or have a minimum of a 2.00 (“C” average) cumulative grade point average on all college work previously attempted, if applicable.
  2. Complete 15 or more credit hours of prerequisite courses with a 2.00 (“C”) or higher grade point average. Prerequisite Courses: BIOL 1100K or BIOL 1111K and BIOL 1112K, MATH 1001 or higher, ENG 1101, ALHE1120 and SLEP 1100. Students must have a grade of “C” or better on all professional courses.
  3. To progress successfully through the curriculum and function as a practicing Polysomnographic Technician after graduation, the individual must have:
    1. Visual acuity with or without corrective lenses to identify cyanosis and absence of respiratory movement in a patient.
    2. Hearing with or without auditory aids to understand the normal speaking voice without viewing the speaker’s face (to ensure that the Polysomnographic Technologist will be able to attend to a patient’s call for help).
    3. Physical ability sufficient (minimal impairment of upper and lower extremities) to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
    4. Manual dexterity and visual acuity with corrective lenses to accurately measure and hook-up/unhook patients for monitoring.
    5. Speech sufficient to communicate with staff and patients in a timely manner. Refer to program handbook for complete information.

Applicants must also submit three (3) recommendations using the enclosed forms. A student’s application for admission to the Polysomnographic Technology Program will not be reviewed unless the application is complete.

Candidates will be ranked, then selected using the following:

  1. Cumulative grade point average (GPA). A minimum of 2.00 on all college work and percentile rank of SAT or ACT scores for students with no prior college.
  2. Ranking of ALL THREE Recommendations.
  3. Interview by faculty.

Applications should be submitted by June 15th for the Fall Semester admission. Selection continues until the class is filled.

Student Expenses

Students will acquire extra expenses beyond the class tuition and books. Some of the expenses they will be responsible for include but are not limited to uniforms, travel to and from clinical sites, immunization requirements, drug screening, etc. Students accepted into the program must be prepared to arrange for their own travel to any of the designated clinical affiliates. Food and personal items while at clinical facilities are also the responsibility of the student. Clinical sites are located in Tifton, Moultrie, Cordele, Albany and Thomasville at this time, but more may be added. These clinical sites give the student a variety of clinical experiences consistent with national standards.

Course Descriptions

SLEP 1100 - Introduction to Polysomnography
2 Credit Hours
A course designed to provide students with an overview of the operation of a sleep lab and the skills needed for a career in the polysomnography field. Students will observe the set up, monitoring, and evaluation of sleep studies conducted in the sleep lab.
Prerequisite: Completion of all English Learning Support requirements.
Corequisites: None.
Offered: As required.
SLEP 1101 - Polysomnography 1
4 Credit Hours
This course introduces the principles and practices of polysomnography. Topics covered in the course include: the history of sleep medicine and the development of current sleep study techniques, conducting a patient sleep history, physiological aspects of sleep, identification of sleep stages, identification and diagnosis of sleep disorders, patient preparation, equipment setup and calibration, recording and monitoring techniques, documentation, and professional issues pertaining to the field of polysomnography. The lab portion of the course will provide the student with hands on practice in the skills required in the sleep lab.
Prerequisite: MATH 1001 or higher math, BIOL 1100K or equivalent, and acceptance into the program.
Corequisites: None
Offered: Fall
SLEP 1102 - Cardiopulmonary A&P for Polysomnography
3 Credit Hours
Course topics include:
Basic anatomy of the respiratory system including the upper airway, conducting airways, gas exchange areas, gross anatomy of the lungs and chest wall, and muscles of ventilation. Basic physiology of the respiratory system including ventilation, lung compliance airway resistance, work of breathing, respiration, including O2 diffusion, O2 transport, hemoglobin carrying capacity, O2 content, ventilation/perfusion relationships, effects of positive pressure ventilation on the lungs and major organs, application of non-invasive positive pressure ventilation including CPAP and BiPAP. Determining initial settings set up of equipment, troubleshooting, monitoring and alarm conditions associated with NIPPV. Basic anatomy of the cardiovascular system including blood, blood vessels and the heart. Basic electrophysiology of the heart. Assessment of cardiac status. Pathophysiology of the cardiopulmonary system.
Prerequisite: Admission to Program.
Corequisites: None
Offered: Fall
SLEP 1103 - Respiratory Modalities for Polysomnography
3 Credit Hours
A course designed to develop knowledge of important respiratory care concepts needed by personnel employed in a sleep laboratory. Topics covered include: Basic respiratory terms and abbreviations, oxygen therapy including oxygen requirements, delivery equipment, storage and distribution of equipment, indications for therapy, safety hazards, oxygen uptake and delivery mechanisms, hypoxia and the effects, physical assessment of the chest in adult, pediatric, and geriatric patients to include inspection, palpation, auscultation, and vital signs, infection control procedures, principles of pulse oximetry including limitations of technology, interpreting results correctly and troubleshooting.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Program.
Corequisites: None
Offered: Fall
SLEP 1104 - Polysomnography 2
4 Credit Hours
This course is a continuation of Polysomnography I. The course will focus primarily on the process of scoring sleep studies based on the AASM method. Additional tests performed such as multiple sleep latency testing, and maintenance of wakefulness tests will be covered as well as pharmacology important for sleep technologists.
Prerequisite: SLEP 1101.
Corequisites: None
Offered: Fall
SLEP 1105 - Pharmacology of Sleep
2 Credit Hours
A course designed to discriminate between the impacts of drugs used to treat sleep disorders and drugs in common use that affect the polysomnogram. Different classes of drugs and their affect on the body and the polysomnogram will be studied. The focus will be on analgesics, sedatives, hypnotics, psychotropic medications, alcohol, cardiac medications and respiratory system drugs. A good knowledge of basic pharmacology is needed to be able to understand the patient’s polysomnogram and the response to therapy.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Program
Corequisites: None
Offered: Spring
SLEP 1106 - Sleep Disorders
2 Credit Hours
A course designed to identify the major categories of sleep disorders according to the International Classification of Sleep Disorders. Assorted sleep disorders will be discussed and analyzed, including sleep apneas, narcolepsy, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement, parasomnias, and sleep disorders associated with medical or psychiatric disorders.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Program
Corequisites: None
Offered: Spring
SLEP 1107 - Neuroanatomy & Physiology
2 Credit Hours
A course designed to identify the stages of sleep and the normal sleep architecture. Students will learn how neuroanatomy and physiology relates to sleep. We will discuss the physiology of sleep, primary disorders of sleep, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome. This course will help students understand the neurophysiology behind many sleeping disorders and help them in their job performance, data entry and patient care.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Program
Corequisites: None
Offered: Spring
SLEP 1108 - Exam Review / Case Studies
2 Credit Hours
A course to review topics covered throughout the program. After reviewing the material the student is to take the practice exam offered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technicians before graduation. This course is designed to identify areas that need further instruction and study to prepare you for the RPSGT exam.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Program
Corequisites: None
Offered: Spring
SLEP 1109 - Sleep Lab Management
2 Credit Hours
A course designed to educate the student by covering topics such as patient and laboratory safety issues, ethics roles and professional behaviors of the sleep technician, infection control, information gathering, documentation and patient interaction.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Program
Corequisites: None
Offered: Spring
SLEP 1110 - Infant / Pediatric Polysomnography
2 Credit Hours
A course designed to teach students about the pathophysiology of sleep disorders encountered in infants and children, the scoring criteria used and techniques used in obtaining a study.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Program
Corequisites: None
Offered: Spring
SLEP 1111 - Polysomnography Practicum 1
6 Credit Hours
An introduction to basic polysomnographic procedures performed in the clinical setting. Students will be required to master the skills of: conducting a complete sleep history, patient preparation and equipment hookup and operation, monitoring procedures during the test, and record keeping and documentation. Requires 36-40 hiurs/week clinical time to be worked out with the site(s)
Prerequisite: SLEP 1110
Corequisites: None
Offered: Summer
SLEP 1112 - Polysomnography Practicum 2
6 Credit Hours
A course designed to continue the development of skills and concepts begun in Practicum I. In addition this course will focus more on the scoring of sleep studies, therapeutic interventions used, and more advanced and specialized aspects of polysomnography designed to prepare the student for employment in the sleep lab.
Prerequisite: SLEP 1110
Corequisites: None
Offered: Summer
Responsible Department: Health Sciences - Polysomnography
Program Contact: Robert A. Baldree
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