Polysomnography Student Learning Outcomes

Polysomnography program graduates will be able to:

Sleep Study Preparation and Set-up Procedures

  • Review the patient’s history and verify the medical order. Follow sleep center protocols related to the sleep study. When patient arrives, verifies identification, collects documents and obtains consent for the study.
  • Explain the procedure and orients the patient for either in center or Home Sleep Apnea Testing (HSAT).
  • Provide age appropriate patient education. Select appropriate equipment and calibrate for testing to determine proper functioning and make adjustments, if necessary. Apply electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards. Perform routine positive airway pressure (PAP) interface fitting and desensitization.


  • Follow procedural protocols (such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP and oxygen titration, etc.) to ensure collection of appropriate data. Perform appropriate physiological calibrations to ensure proper signals and make required adjustments. Follow “lights out” procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc.). Perform data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free. Identify, correct and document artifact.
  • Document routine observations, including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, and other significant events in order to facilitate scoring and interpretation of polysomnographic results. Implement appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc.). Follow “lights on” procedures to verify integrity of collected data and complete the data collection process (e.g. repeat the physiological and instrument calibrations and instruct the patient on completing questionnaires, checking for completeness, etc.).
  • Assist with scoring sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines. Assist with scoring clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals, etc.) utilizing AASM standards. Assist with the generation of accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide age specific care in the treatment, assessment, and education of neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients, as required. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to perform HSAT equipment preparation and data download.Perform patient education and instruction appropriate for HSAT procedures. Demonstrate adherence to cleaning and disinfection procedures for HSAT devices. Assist with scoring HSAT recordings according to AASM scoring parameters; identify artifact, inadequate signals and study failures and generate an accurate report.

Service Management and Essential Skills

  • Comply with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards regarding safety and infection control issues. Perform routine equipment care and maintenance and inventory evaluation. Maintain current CPR or BLS certification. Demonstrate computer skills appropriate for the position.
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrate appropriate social skills. Demonstrate customer service skills. Demonstrate critical thinking and ability to work with minimal supervision. Demonstrate teamwork skills.
  • Follow HIPAA policies to maintain the privacy and security of patient information. Demonstrate ability to follow direction. Respond to sleep patients’ procedural-related inquiries by providing appropriate information. Assist with patient education utilizing sleep center specific protocols. Adhere to sleep center policies related to quality assurance.

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