AAS Degree in Polysomnography

The Associate Applied Science (AAS) degree in Polysomnography enables mid-career adults to meet their educational and professional needs through credit transfer and course completion. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Thomas Edison State University developed its Polysomnography program with sleep medicine professionals from Capital Health, based in Trenton, N.J.  Capital Health’s Center for Sleep Medicine in Hamilton Township,  N.J., which is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, is the first site where students fulfill the clinical component of the program. The college expects to work with other sleep centers that are accredited to offer additional sites where students can fulfill the clinical component of the program.

Candidates for the AAS in Polysomnography and Certificate in Polysomnography are required to complete two clinical experiences in addition to online courses. Candidates with Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) are not required to complete clinical courses since they are granted based on RPSGT credentials. The University has partnerships in place with the accredited clinical sites listed below.

Listed Clinical Sites are:

Central New Jersey - The Center for Sleep Medicine at Capital Health, Hamilton, NJ

Eastern Virginia - Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk, VA

Long Island New York - St. Charles Sleep Disorders Center Port Jefferson, NY.

Candidates outside of these listed geographic areas will be required to arrange their accredited PSG clinical experience site near their home. If clinical site cannot be located learners will not be able to complete the program.

The AAS degree in Polysomnography is a 60-credit program. The program focuses on clinical fundamentals, instrumentation theory, PSG scoring and sleep disorders.

AAS in Polysomnography Credit Distribution

Subject Area/Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 21
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 9
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • College-Level Math Course
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 9
  • Psychology or Sociology
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
C. General Education Electives 3
II. Option: Polysomnography Technology 23
A. Theoretical Fundamentals of Polysomnography 3
B. PSG Instrumentation Theory 3
C. Clinical Fundamentals of PSG 6
D. Therapeutic Interventions & Clinical Patient Management 4
E. PSG Scoring 3
F. Sleep Disorders 3
G. Medical Terminology 1
III. Free Electives 16
Total 60

Students should work closely with their Academic Advisor before registering for any courses.

(PSG-101) Theoretical Fundamentals of Polysomnography

  • No prerequisite other than interest in Polysomnography
  • Course could be an elective for other allied health programs

(PSG-102) PSG Instrumentation Theory

  • Required completion or enrolled in PSG-101

(PSG-200) Clinical Fundamentals of PSG

  • Required completion of PSG-101 or equivalent experience in Polysomnography
  • Requires prearrangement of accredited clinical site that has contracted with TESU of clinical phase prior to registering
  • Additional laboratory fee charged for this course
  • Required completion of background check, CPR training, and physical examination prior to registration paid by learner through College contract vendor, American DataBank

(PSG-103) PSG Scoring

  • Required completion of PSG-200 or experience as a Registered Polysomnography Technologist

(PSG-104) Sleep Disorders

  • No prerequisite other than interest in Polysomnography
  • Course could be an elective for other allied health programs

(PSG-105) Therapeutic Interventions & Clinical Patient Management

  • Required completion of PSG-200
  • Additional laboratory fee charged for this course
  • Required completion of background check, same as PSG-105

Notes: Non-Registered Polysomnography Technologist required completing clinical courses of (PSG-200) Clinical Fundamentals of PSG and (PSG-105) Therapeutic Interventions & Clinical Patient Management MUST arrange for local clinical phase site on enrollment. Clinical sites MUST be accredited and willing to contract with Thomas Edison State University to ensure clinical experiences achieve program requirement as indicated by CAAHEP. Learner will pay an additional laboratory fee for (PSG-200) Clinical Fundamentals of PSG and (PSG-105) Therapeutic Interventions & Clinical Patient Management. Example: The Sleep Center at Capital Health in Hamilton, New Jersey is an approved clinical site with laboratory fees of $960 for (PSG-200) Clinical Fundamentals of PSG and $640 for (PSG-105) Therapeutic Interventions & Clinical Patient Management.

Polysomnography Background Investigation Process

It is required that AAS in Polysomnography and Undergraduate Certificate in Polysomnography learners who plan to take clinical courses complete a background investigation, health screening with immunization verifications, drug screening, and American Heart Association (AHA) or equivalent basic life support (BLS) for health providers instruction. The background investigation is required prior to attending two courses, Clinical Fundamentals of Polysomnography (PSG-200) and Therapeutic Interventions and Patient Management (PSG-105). If learners have previously gained Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) credential, the background investigation is not necessary since credits will be awarded for these courses and clinical courses are not required.

Background investigations are required based on regulations effecting clinical sites. The background investigation will be the responsibility of the learner to protect the confidentiality of personal information. It will be paid for by the learner who will also determine how long the information remains active with the background investigation contractor. It is the learner’s responsibility to provide the background information in a timely manner so the investigation can be completed. It is anticipated that the background investigation application and data be processed at least eight weeks prior to the start of the first clinical course.  If the background information is not completed prior to the start of the course, the learner will not permitted to take the course. 

Background investigation will include criminal background check, a drug screening, a health screening with immunization verifications and verification of current basic life support (BLS) for health providers qualification. The University has arranged for American Data Bank to conduct the investigation and established the following link so that each learner can provide necessary data in a confidential manner; www.TESUbackground.com Please realize specific clinical sites may have additional requirements, such as identification photos.

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