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ETSU’s Professional Development offers Polysomnography Certificate

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JOHNSON CITY (August 13, 2013) — East Tennessee State University will offer a Polysomnography Certificate program, with both online and live-classes, beginning Sept. 14 and continuing through July 2014.

Polysomnography technicians are qualified to test and conduct diagnostic evaluations of sleep and neurological disorders. Working as team members with physicians, other members of the allied health community and medical equipment suppliers, they assist patients in reaching their maximum functioning potential.

The field of sleep medicine employing Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSGT) is relatively new, and the demand for personnel far exceeds the current supply. RPSGTs are hired by hospitals, independently owned sleep clinics, research facilities and agencies conducting home visits.

This course, presented through the ETSU Department of Allied Health's cardiopulmonary science program and the ETSU Office of Professional Development, includes a clinical rotation at local hospitals or sleep labs close to a participant's home or workplace.

Applicants must submit an application and college transcripts for candidacy in the program. They must have completed at least 30 college credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4 point scale. After admittance, they must complete eight hours of observation time in a sleep lab, be certified by the American Heart Association as a CPR health care provider, and undergo a physical examination, including current vaccinations.

Completed application packets must be submitted for candidacy in the program. The total tuition is $5,075, and the Office of Professional Development works with the participants on payments. The Alliance for Business and Training has approved this program as eligible for their services.

Those who successfully complete the program will be eligible to sit for the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist credential, offered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists and considered the highest sleep credential available to non-physicians.

Admission to the program is limited, and the selection process is highly competitive. Each applicant is evaluated on the basis of academic preparation and previous health care experience.

For registration information, call the ETSU Office of Professional Development at (423) 439-8084 or visit www.etsu.edu/professionaldevelopment and click on the "Career/Workforce Development" link.