Patient Encounter:

Before Lights Out

First Sleep School

Who It's For

Individuals who are looking to expand their knowledge base of the key role and responsibility of the sleep technologist prior to “Lights Out,” the official statistical start of the sleep study.

Topics Covered

  1. Proper Chart Review and Sleep Questionnaires
  2. Professionalism and Confidentiality
  3. Patient Arrival and Assessment
  4. Facility Orientation
  5. Accommodating Patient Needs
  6. Patient Challenges
  7. Procedure Orientation
  8. Pre and Post Sleep Interview
  9. Patient Hookup and 10-20 System
  10. Impedance and Calibration
  11. BioCalibrations

What to Expect

Students enrolled in this course can expect short, high quality video lessons about 5-10 minutes in length, followed by a brief quiz after each lesson.


This course is an introduction to the new patient encounter with an emphasis on activities performed before the patient arrival, such as a review of the physician order, the health and physical and sleep questionnaires found in the patient’s medical record. It also reviews the continuation of the new patient encounter with an emphasis on activities performed at the time of the patient’s arrival, such as professionalism, maintaining confidentiality, patient assessment, facility orientation, procedural orientation and the patient-tech interview. It completes the process of the patient encounter with an emphasis on activities performed during the “Hook-up” (including the 10-20 Lead Placement System and Electrode application), the equipment calibration and the physiologic calibrations that must be performed before starting the procedure. This is a great course for those that are looking for a better understanding to the standard approach to things considered up just before LIGHTS OUT! There are 37 lessons totaling 215 minutes of video-contact time. The average lesson is 5.8 minutes long.

Approved for 3.50 CSTE by the BRPT

Course Overview


Section 1

Chart Review and Questionnaire

  • New Patient Encounter
  • Chart Review – Physician Order
  • Chart Review – Health and Physical
  • Chart Review – Sleep Questionnaire


Section 2

Patient Interaction and Professionalism

  • Professionalism
  • Confidentiality
  • Patient Arrival and Assessment
  • Patient Facility Orientation
  • Patient Accommodations
  • Patient Challenges
  • Patient Procedure Orientation
  • Patient Interview – Pre Sleep
  • Patient Interview – Post Sleep


Section 3

Patient and Equipment Preparation

  • Before the Patient Arrives
  • Patient Hookup – Overview
  • Patient Hookup – 10-20 System
  • Patient Hookup – EEG Electrodes
  • Patient Hookup – EOG Electrodes
  • Patient Hookup – EMG Chin Electrodes
  • Patient Hookup – ECG Electrodes
  • Patient Hookup – EMG Leg Electrodes
  • Patient Hookup – Respiratory Effort Sensors
  • Patient Hookup – Respiratory Airflow Sensors
  • Patient Hookup – Snore Sensor
  • Patient Hookup – Oximeter Probe
  • Patient Hookup – Position Sensor
  • Equipment Check and Calibration
  • Verify Impedance and Signal Quality
  • Troubleshooting Techniques
  • Biocals – Overview
  • Biocals – EEG Channels
  • Biocals – EOG Channels
  • Biocals – EMG Chin Channels
  • Biocals – ECG Channels
  • Biocals – EMG Leg Channels
  • Biocals – Respiratory Channels
  • Biocals – Snore Channel

What to Expect

Each student is given their own personal Dashboard upon enrollment. This is where you will access any course(s) you are enrolled in, as well as manage your user profile, achievements, certificates, order histories, and view course completion.

The course material is a Micro-Learning styled approach to teaching. 

Each lesson is broken into two components:

  1. A short on-screen video
  2. A brief quiz over the specific topics reviewed in that lesson’s video.

We intentionally structure our courses this way because we believe that providing information in relatively short bursts of focused content promotes retention rates and increases comprehension.

On average, video lessons are around 5 minutes. A few lessons can reach up to 15 mins for some of the more condensed content, and others are a little as 1 minute in length.

After each video lesson is completed, the student will be given the option to either rewatch the video as many times as they would like, or they can proceed to the quiz.

Immediately following each lesson, you will be prompted to take a brief quiz, usually consisting of about 5 questions. The quizzes are times, however you will have multiple attempts to achieve a passing grade. 

Before a student is allowed to advance to the next lesson, a passing grade of 80% must have been acquired on the previous quiz.

The video lesson can be rewatched in between each quiz attempt, if the student would like to watch it again.

This particular course does not make use of an exam review. We believe you have what it takes to complete this course without it!

Each lesson is carefully prepared and instructed by First Sleep School’s Owner, Larry Brewer

Larry is a Registered Sleep Technologist with over 15 years of experience.

He focuses on providing a clear understanding of the content through a relational styled teaching approach. He appreciates the value of providing real-life examples to explain even the most complex content. 

See what previous students have to say about Larry, here.

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Repeatable Lessons


Access to Content

Access Plans

Access Plans

3 Month

3 Month 24/7 Access to Content
$ 60
One-Time Payment
  • 3 Month Access
  • 37 Repeatable Lessons
  • 3.5 CSTE via BRPT

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