This advanced technical certificate is designed to prepare health care professionals to work in Polysomnography (sleep) laboratories. Polysomnography is the study of sleep patterns and abnormalities. Students study electro-encephalography (EEG), the study of the electrical activity of the brain; electroculography (EOG), the study of the electrical activity of the eye; and electromyography (EMG), the study of the electrical activity of the muscles. This certificate also includes electrocardiology (ECG), the study of the electrical activity of the heart as well as the effects of sleep on the respiratory system.
Students learn to: perform diagnostic procedures to help identify sleep-related disorders, operate state-of-the-art medical equipment for both diagnosis and treatment of sleep-related disorders, compile and analyze (score) information from an overnight sleep study, educate patients and their families about sleep disorders and treatments, identify normal and abnormal patterns of sleep/wake states and explore the neurological and cardiopulmonary systems.
This curriculum has been designated by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) as an alternate educational pathway for purposes of establishing eligibility to sit for the (Registered Polysomnographic Technologist) RPSGT exam.
To earn a certificate, you need to apply for admission. A grade of C or better is required in each course to award the certificate. No more than 50% of the certificate credits may be through advanced standing.
Online Certificate Application
Create an ApplyWeb account and follow the instructions to complete the Online Certificate Application. Submit the $15 non-refundable fee (payable by credit card, debit card or electronic check) with your application. Applicants may submit more than one certificate application per term using the Online Certificate Application; the same fees apply for each additional application.
Paper Certificate Application
You can request a paper application from the Enrollment Center at (608) 246-6210. Submit the $15 non-refundable fee (payable by check or money order) with your application. Effective January 1, 2011, the non-refundable paper certificate application fee will be $20. Please note: using a paper application can delay the processing of your admission application additional two weeks.
Financial Aid Eligibility
Certificates are not eligible for financial aid.
Estimated Fees for Polysomnography (PDF, 13 KB)
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