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Polysomnography Graduate Certificate Program

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What Is A Polysomnographic Technologist Or Sleep Specialist?

Polysomnography is an exciting area of healthcare that has emerged as a unique profession for performing the technical evaluation of a broad range of sleep disorders. The field of polysomnography (PSG) involves the complex evaluation of many physiological parameters during sleep to produce a quantitative “sleep study.” PSG evaluations are necessary to document sleep disorders and to assist physicians in identifying sleep issues and the appropriate treatment. The disruption of proper sleep can complicate or cause many chronic disorders and conditions.

What Is The Job Outlook?

There is a critical need for well-trained healthcare professionals in the area of polysomnography. The field of sleep studies, or polysomnography, is a rapidly growing area of health professions. Estimates reflect over 20,000 sleep labs and sleep centers are currently performing sleep diagnostics with only 8,000 credentialed Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSGT) in the nation. Medical practice and insurance guidelines require each sleep lab to have access to a RPSGT healthcare professional in order to process the diagnostic data before completing and returning the study results to the physician. The need for credentialed, well-trained RPSGT professionals is profound. According to the National Sleep Foundation, over 82 million Americans suffer from sleeping disorders with greater than 12 million Americans suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.

Who Should Apply?

The qualities of a Polysomnographic Technologist include being a caring person, people-oriented, knowledgeable of the biological sciences, an ethical, critical-thinker and a strong problem solver. The PSG Graduate Certificate is designed for individuals holding a bachelor’s degree prior to admission to the program.

What Are The Requirements?

Admission requirements to the PSG Graduate Certificate Program at Texas State are the completion of a bachelor’s degree, admission to Texas State Graduate College, an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher, completion of the PSG Graduate Certificate Program application packet, credentialed as a RRT or CRT in the USA, and complete an interview with the Department Chair of Respiratory Care or a faculty member.

Additional Information:

Department of Respiratory Care
Or the College of Graduate Studies
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666-4616
(512) 245-8243

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Prospective Students: Individuals with the RRT or CRT credential and a bachelor degree. Upon completion of the course of studies, 15 graduate hours will be awarded. Students who are admitted to the Interdisciplinary Studies program may petition up to 15 post graduate hours from the polysomnography program for degree credit toward a Masters of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS) degree at Texas State.

The Texas State University Respiratory Care Program offering the Polysomnography Option Program at the San Marcos, Texas campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

1248 Harwood Road

Bedford, Texas 76021-4244

(817) 283-2835

FALL

RC 5310 Fundamentals of Polysomnography. (3-0) Introduction to the physiology of sleep including sleep neurology, sleep architecture, classification of sleep disorders. Review of basic cardiac physiology and ECG arrhythmnia recognition. Sleep pathologies will be discussed according to etiology, pathophysiology, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.

RC 5211 Polysomnography Instrumentation I. (2-0) Designed to teach the function, operation and design of electroneurodiagnostic equipment. Monitoring devices, electrode application and patient connection will be covered in detail.

RC 5312 Clinical Polysomnography-Sleep Staging I. (0-10) Direct patient diagnostic monitoring is performed under close supervision in a sleep lab. Differential amplifiers, amplifier calibration, artifact correction and the professional role of the sleep tech will be demonstrated.

SPRING

RC 5313 Polysomnographic Therapeutic Intervention. (3-0) In-depth study of the treatments available for sleep apnea including CPAP, BiPAP, oxygen therapy, patient adjunctive fitting, surgical intervention and the role of the sleep tech in titration. Special attention will be given titration algorithms, nocturnal seizure disorder studies, REM behavior disorder studies, MSLT’s and MWT’s.

RC 5214 Polysomnography Instrumentation II. (2-0) Advanced study of waveform characteristics and montage development, filters and PSG electronics. Signal pathways, reference electrodes, impedance checking and filter settings in calibration waves will be covered.

RC 5215 Clinical Polysomnography-Sleep Staging II. (0-10) Advanced clinical education in sleep staging rules, light, delta and REM sleep scoring and analysis. EEG, EMG, ECG and respiratory events will be discussed in depth are components of the polysomnogram report.

SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS: Total PSG Graduate Certificate Semester Hours 15

 


Estimated Program Costs 2013-2014

 

Fall         8 hours

Spring    7 hours

 

In-State Residents of Texas

 

 

Fall

Spring

Total

Tuition & Fees

$     2,842.00

$    2,525.00

$     5,367.00

Books

$        200.00

$       100.00

$        300.00

Additional Costs

$        200.00

$       550.00

$        750.00

Total

$      3,242.00

$    3,175.00

$     6,417.00

  

Non-Resident Students and Foreign Students

 

 

         Fall

         Spring

         Total

Tuition & Fees

$    5,346.00

$    4,716.00

$   10,062.00

Books

$        200.00

$       100.00

$        300.00

Additional Costs

$        200.00

$       550.00

$        750.00

Total

$      5,746.00

$     5,366.00

$    11,112.00

 

Additional Costs include: scrubs/uniform, supplies, examination fees, & miscellaneous items. Room & Board/Living expenses are not included in estimates.

* Program costs are approximate; all fees are subject to change without notice.

 

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What is the Admission Policy for the Graduate Certificate Program in Polysomnographic Technology?

Application to the Texas State Graduate College is required at the same time as application to the Department of Respiratory Care Graduate Certificate Program in Polysomnographic Technology. An applicant may be admitted by following the application procedure and meeting the following minimum admission requirements:

  1. Submit a Graduate College Application for Admission to the Office of the Graduate College,
  2. Pay a $10 non-refundable application fee (check or money order payable to Texas State in U.S. currency),
  3. Submit one official transcript from each senior level post-secondary institution attended. These transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution to the Office of the Graduate College. Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA on the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work before the bachelor’s degree. If a student has completed a master’s or doctoral degree, a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA is required.

Additional Application Requirements

The Department of Respiratory Care Polysomnographic Technology Certificate Program requires the completion of additional materials and should also be submited to the Graduate College Admission Office. The materials can be accessed through the links below:

  1. Application to the Department of Respiratory Care Polysomnographic Technology Program
  2. Three Letters of Reference vouching for the character and integrity of the applicant as a potential healthcare provider (Refer to instructions on Reference for Applicant form for proper completion)
  3. Proof of RRT or CRT credential (from USA)
  4. Polysomnographic ADA form
  5. Letter of intent from the applicant stating personal reasons for pursuit of the polysomnographic/sleep technology profession

The completed applications, fee, transcripts, and additional requirements must be received by the Graduate College Office no later than 5:00 pm on June 15th for Fall Admission.  International students application deadline is June 1st.   Applications received after the deadline will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, with no guarantees for admission consideration. If not personally delivering the application, send the completed application to:

The Graduate College
Texas State University-San Marcos
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666-4605

If preferred, applicants may electronically submit the documents listed above to the Graduate College at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/rqmt/doc.html. Individuals submitting recommendation letters for applicants may send them electronically. References using this site will need the applicant name and date of birth, and preferably an ID number.

Interview Invitation: After your application submission, please contact the Department of Respiratory Care at 512/245-8243 for an interview appointment.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are requirements for completion of the Graduate Certificate in Polysomnographic Technology Program?

Completion of the graduate certificate program requires completion of the six courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA and no grade below “C.”

Who is eligible to apply to the Graduate Certificate in Polysomnographic Technology Program?

Individuals with a CRT or RRT credential in the USA and a bachelor degree OR currently completing a BSRC with less than 12 hours remaining.

What is the length of the graduate certificate program?

The Graduate certificate program is offered beginning each fall and completing in the spring semester only with all courses required to be taken in sequence. Upon completion of the program, 15 graduate hours will be awarded. Students wishing to pursue a Master of Science Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS) degree may petition the 15 graduate hours from the Graduate Certificate in Polysomnographic Technology be applied toward completion of the MSIS degree.

Is the PSG Graduate Certificate Program accredited?

The Graduate Certificate in Polysomnographic Technology Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) through 2016.

When can I sit for national board exams for sleep specialty?

Because the program is fully accredited, upon completion individuals may immediately sit for the BRPT national board exam for the RPSGT credential and for the NBRC national board exam for the SDS credential without serving a paid clinical internship.

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