Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is a sleep-polysomnographic technologist?
Polysomnography Technology is a distinct allied health profession dedicated to care of patients with sleep disorders. Polysomnographers assist sleep specialists in the assessment, testing and monitoring, diagnosis, management and care of patients with sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, REM behavior disorder, narcolepsy, and insomnia, to name a few. Polysomnography or Sleep Technology is recognized as a separate and distinct allied health profession. Read a full description of the profession.
How long is the certificate program?
College of Dupage Polysomnography Technology program is two semesters long.
What classes should I take before entering the program?
Since students are accepted into the program every fall semester, the prior semesters can be used to take required general education courses. College Math 1102 or higher, College English 1101 or Speech 1100, 3 college credits in Social or Behavioral Science i.e. SOCIO 1100 or PSYCH 1100. Biology (excluding BIO 1110) or Anatomy & Physiology with lab component earned at least 4 credit hours minimum grade of B within last seven years. *Although HLTHS 1110 Medical Terminology and CIS 1110 are not required to be completed before being accepted into the program, having the two courses completed prior to starting the program will allow the student to have lighter course load during the program.* This is a very time-intensive program that will disrupt your sleep-wake schedule. Courses are offered in the evening and overnight hours, and the program itself is considered full-time in terms of the total number of hours of classroom, lab and clinical time.
Can I work full-time while going to school?
It is not recommended. This is a very time-intensive program that will disrupt your sleep-wake schedule. Courses are offered in the evening and overnight hours, and the program itself is considered full-time in terms of the total number of hours of classroom, lab and clinical time. Students are required to attend two 10 to 12 hour overnight clinical rotations per week, in addition to classes on campus. Working a full-time job while in clinical will create a level of sleep deprivation that is dangerous for the student and the public. Please visit and review these links for information on the effects of sleep deprivation and the hazards of drowsy driving.
Will I be able to choose my clinical assignment?
Efforts will be made to accommodate clinical requests, but students need to be willing and able to travel to any of the clinical sites, as it is not possible to accommodate all requests.
Do I need a license to be a polysomnographic technologist or sleep technologist?
There is no state or licensure for sleep techs in Illinois at this time. There is a national credentialing examination given by the Board for Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, the BRPT, which earns you the credential RPSGT. Our curriculum has been developed to be in line with the examination content. For more information about the BRPT, visit www.brpt.org. Once you have successfully completed the program, you are eligible to take the examination.
Once I'm a graduate of College of Dupage Polysomnography Technology Program, will I be able to sit for the exam with the BRPT and earn a credential as a RPSGT?
Yes! You can sit for the exam once you have completed the program.
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