Polysomnographic Technology

Polysomnographic Technology

Program Description

Open your eyes to a career with a bright future in the polysomnographic technology field. Our Polysomnographic Technology program will make you an expert at the process of gathering and interpreting data to help with the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. In order to be admitted into the program, you must have an associate degree in a health-related program of study or complete the program pre-requisite courses.

Our part-time program consists of 6 credit hours per term and is offered online, with 135 hours of clinical rotations completed at an approved sleep disorders center. You will complete a comprehensive program in patient assessment, equipment calibration, data acquisition, diagnostic evaluation, therapeutic modalities and follow-up care. Once you graduate from the program, you will be eligible to take the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist exam offered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists in order to earn the RPSGT credential.

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Awards Offered: Certificate
Locations: Online
Formats: Online
Start: Fall
Schedule: Part-time
Estimated Total Cost
$2,159 Certificate

START HERE: Please follow the steps on the Getting Started Checklist (PDF) to complete the program application process.

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You're a Good Fit

Polysomnographic technologists are allied health professionals who work under the supervision of a licensed sleep physician to assist with the education, evaluation, treatment, and chronic care management of patients with sleep disorders. You will be a successful polysomnographic technologist if you:

  • pay attention to detail and have a desire for neatness/order
  • have a calm and pleasant demeanor with conversational skills that are comforting to others
  • are able to develop manual dexterity
  • are able to add, subtract, multiply and divide to calculate indices and percentages
  • have the ability to work a variety of shifts
  • should be a person of character, honesty and integrity
  • have the ability to work as a part of a team
  • are an abstract thinker in order to understand concepts
  • desire to help others while maintaining respect and dignity
  • are comfortable working with and learning new technology


There are more than 7,000 registered polysomnographic technologists worldwide and that number is expected to grow. You have a variety of career options because of the increase in available treatment options, diagnostic tools and areas of research. Recent SCC graduates report an average starting salary of $40,352. Career options include:

  • Polysomnographic Technologist
  • Sleep Technologist
  • Sleep Technician
  • Sleep Trainee

State Licensure or Certification Requirements

This program’s curriculum is acceptable in all states. Some states do not require licensing for Sleep Technologists, but may have exemptions for Sleep Technologists to practice under the Respiratory Care act for their state. Those states which do have licensing requirements for Sleep Technologists primarily require the RPSGT credential, or a combination of the RPSGT credential, proof of graduating from a CAAHEP program, and having an Associate’s degree or higher. SCC’s program is a CAAHEP program.

Please see the chart regarding each state’s acceptance of this program’s curriculum and licensure requirements.

2018-2023 Positive Placement Average

48 43 70% 87% 92.33%
Total Positive
Threshold Percentage Positive
Graduation Year 2023
2022 2021 2020 2019 2018
Total Graduates 8 8 9 4 0 19
# Employed 7 8 8 3 0 15
# Continuing Education or Active Military, but NOT Employed 0 0 0 0 0 1
Postitive Placement 7 8 8 3 0 16
Placement Percentage 88% 100% 88.89% 75% 0% 84.21%

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution

Southeast Community College is a State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Institution (NC-SARA) institution. As such, SCC is unable to offer online or distance courses to students in the following areas at this time: American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

For more information about the post-graduation achievements of SCC Graduates as well as average starting salaries, refer to the annual Graduate Report (PDF).

For information about the methodologies used to gather the post-graduation student achievement data contained in the annual Graduate Report, refer to the Institutional Research page or contact ir@southeast.edu.