Certificate in Polysomnographic Technology

Certificate Program

The Department of Respiratory Care offers a graduate certificate in polysomnographic technology. The nine-month program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care and graduates are eligible to immediately sit for national credentialing examinations upon completion of the certificate. Polysomnographic technologists, or sleep technologists, are health care practitioners who record and collect diagnostic sleep data as well as make recommendations to physicians for appropriate therapy to treat sleep disorders. Gathering extensive physiologic data that occurs while sleeping, sleep studies measure multiple parameters including breathing efforts, blood oxygen levels, electrical activity of the brain (EEG), electrocardiogram (ECG), eye movement (ROC and LOC), muscle activity (EMG), and many other physiological responses.

Admission Policy

Admission is selective and competitive. The curriculum sequence begins once per year starting each fall and completing in the spring.

For information regarding admission application requirements and deadlines, please visit The Graduate College website at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/Prospect_Students/Pgms_Apps/TXST_Cert.html%23Poly.

Following the application deadline, the PSG admissions committee begins the application review process. Cohort size is limited due to accreditation standards for student/teacher ratios. Successful candidates are notified by mail and email. Unsuccessful candidates are notified by email and are provided with information regarding the reapplication process.

Immunization Requirements

It is the policy of the College of Health Professions that each student must provide a health report completed by a physician and must take specific immunizations before the student can be placed in a clinical or internship assignment. Information on these requirements and the required forms may be obtained through the program/department/school office.

Background Check and Drug Screening

As a condition for placement in some professional practice sites, some students are required to have a background check and/or drug screening to meet requirements set by individual sites. Information on the drug screening process will be provided by program/department/school. Previous misdemeanor or felony convictions under various titles of the Texas Penal Code may affect eligibility for practitioner license status following graduation.

Clinical Education

All students are required to complete clinical education experiences in sleep center facilities within the Central Texas area and in the Texas State Sleep Center. The costs of travel during clinical experiences are the responsibility of the student.

Course Work Requirements

Year 1
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
RC 53103RC 53133
RC 52112RC 52142
RC 53123RC 52152
 8 7
Total Hours: 15

Certificate Completion

Upon completion of the nine-month program, a graduate certificate will be presented to the student and notation made to the individual transcript. If further graduate education is desired, the student may be eligible to apply the 15 polysomnography graduate hours toward completion of the master of science in interdisciplinary studies (M.S.I.S.) degree through the Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies at Texas State.

Courses in Respiratory Care: RC

Courses Offered

Respiratory Care (RC)

RC 5211. Polysomnography Instrumentation I.

Designed to teach the function, operation, and design of electroneurodiagnostic equipment. Monitoring devices, electrode application, and patient connection will be covered in detail. Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
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2 Credit Hours. 0 Lecture Contact Hours. 2 Lab Contact Hours.
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RC 5214. Polysomnography Instrumentation II.

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. Prerequisite:Departmental approval.
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2 Credit Hours. 0 Lecture Contact Hours. 2 Lab Contact Hours.
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RC 5215. Clinical Polysomnography-Sleep Staging II.

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 and are components of the polysomnogram report. A research project and presentation will be assigned by the faculty. Prerequisite: Departmental approval required.
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2 Credit Hours. 0 Lecture Contact Hours. 10 Lab Contact Hours.
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RC 5310. Fundamentals of Polysomnography.

Introduction to the physiology of sleep, including sleep neurology, sleep architecture, and classification of sleep disorders. Review of basic cardiac physiology and ECG arrhythmia recognition. Sleep pathologies will be discussed according to etiology, pathophysiology, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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RC 5312. Clinical Polysomnography-Sleep Staging I.

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. A research project and presentation will be assigned by the faculty. Prerequisite: Departmental approval required.
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3 Credit Hours. 0 Lecture Contact Hours. 10 Lab Contact Hours.
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RC 5313. Polysomnographic Therapeutic Intervention.

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 to titration algorithms, nocturnal seizure disorder studies, REM behavior disorder studies, MSLT’s, and MTW’s. Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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