Polysomnography Major

This major is a program that prepares individuals to work under the supervision of a physician to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders.

Includes instruction in human anatomy and physiology, polysomnographic technology, polysomnography scoring, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of sleep, sleep disorders, and medical terminology.

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What can you do with a major/degree in Polysomnography Major?

If you work as a Polysomnographic Technician or Technologist, you use specialized equipment to administer and monitor tests on patients during sleep. You record key health indicators during sleep studies and based on those recordings, you develop a report for physicians to use in diagnosing a patient's condition and develop a treatment strategy.


Job opportunities for polysomnographic technicians and technologists are very strong in the future as this career subsector is expected to see an eleven percent (11%) growth 2018-2028.


Certification is preferred though may limit the focus of study; an associate degree is preferred as it likely includes courses in math, science and computer science, which prepare you for the technical aspects of the field, as well as communication and speech courses can help prepare you for interacting with patients. The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) offers a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) credential, which may increase your earnings and position you better to enter this career subsector.  Most states require certification.


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