Associate of Applied Science Degree Program (A.A.S.)
Purpose: The sleep technologist cares for patients with sleep disorders that affect sleep and wakefulness, providing care for patients who range in age from infants to the elderly. The range of services provided includes comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders including in center polysomnographic testing and home sleep apnea testing, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, comprehensive patient care and direct patient education. This broad range of services requires that the sleep technologist exercise critical thinking and independent judgment, and possess an advanced knowledge of sleep technology, sleep/wake disorders and associated co-morbid conditions such as cardiac disease, pulmonary disorders and diabetes.
Program Overview: The majority of technical course work for the program is completed on-campus. The clinical experiences are 1-2 nights per week at hospitals and Sleep Centers in the greater Houston area. Graduates are prepared for Board Registration by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT). The program is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologists Education (CoA-PSG), and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), www.caahep.org.
Admission Requirements: A new class begins each spring semester. Application period begins June 1 and ends November 1. Application must be submitted by November 1.
To be considered for admission to the Polysomnography program, the applicant must:
- Apply to Alvin Community College and fulfill the admission requirements. Admissions
- Apply to the Polysomnography Program: Application Packets located at ACC or at http://www.alvincollege.edu/Polysomnography
- Attend an Polysomnography Information Session: Schedule a session at http://www.alvincollege.edu/Polysomnography
- Proof of college credit for BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, and ENGL 1301 before the January start date.
- Not currently be on suspension or academic probation.
- Meet technical standards to perform procedures safely with accuracy and precision as listed in the application.
- After acceptance, applicant must complete a physical examination, meet immunization requirements, pass a background check, clear drug screening, provide proof of medical insurance, and attend the Polysom Program Orientation. Details on when and where to complete these will be provided in the acceptance Email.
PLA-Prior Learning Assessment
Credit may be awarded toward the AAS degree it the student meets the department requirements.
- Registered by BRPT as a RPSGT with a minimum of 2 years’ full time experience in Polysomnography
- Non Registered Polysomnography Technician with a minimum of 5 years’ full experience in Polysomnography
- The Polysomnography students will abide by the admission and curriculum requirements of the Polysomnography Department at the time they are admitted or re-admitted to the program.
- Once a student has enrolled in the Polysomnography Program, all Polysomnography courses must be completed in the proper sequence as shown in the catalog and degree plan
- No grade below a C is in PSGT, RSPT, or HPRS courses is acceptable.
- Only two (2) attempts to pass a course will be permitted. An attempt is defined as a course in which a grade of D or F is recorded on the transcript.
- Students must complete the program within three (3) years after initial acceptance.
Statutory law (Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 53) requires the Alvin Community College nursing and allied health programs to notify prospective applicants and future healthcare professionals a licensing/credentialing authority may suspend or revoke a license/credential, disqualify a person from receiving a license/credential, or deny to a person the opportunity to take a licensing/credentialing examination on the grounds that the person has been convicted of certain criminal behavior.