Polysomnographic (PSG) Technology is an allied health specialty for the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of sleep and daytime alertness. The range of sleep disorders is varied but includes common disorders such as narcolepsy, sleep apnea, insomnias and many others. PSG technologists operate a variety of sophisticated electronic monitoring devices which record brain activity (EEG), muscle and eye movement, respiration, blood oxygen and other physiological events. Technologists are also involved in evaluation of various treatment methods.
PSG technologists are employed in Sleep Disorders Centers which can be located in medical centers, hospitals or clinic/office settings. The PSG program offers instruction which includes lectures, laboratory experience on campus, clinical experience at accredited sleep centers and physician lectures.
Competencies in the three learning domains are measured by various means in the course and clinical work and overall learning outcomes are documented by the graduate competencies.
This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and meets the eligibility requirements of the Board of Registration in Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and of the California Certification of Polysomnography Technologists (CPT) through the California Medical Board.
Graduates from OCC’s Neurodiagnostic Technology or Respiratory Care programs may complete the PSG degree program with one additional year of study. Many courses from these programs are directly related to Polysomnography. Students without these backgrounds can complete the AS degree in Polysomnographic Technology within two years. This program will accept new students to begin in the fall semester of odd years.