80 Hour Pep course

First Sleep School

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2019 Course Dates

  • Monday – Thursday
  • 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • $3000 Full Tuition
  • Saturdays Only
  • 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • $3000 Full Tuition

2020 Course Dates

  • Saturdays Only
  • 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • $3000 Full Tuition
  • Monday – Thursday
  • 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • $3000 Full Tuition
  • Saturdays Only
  • 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • $3000 Full Tuition

Additional course dates are available by student request. (3 student minimum enrollment)

This live course of instruction prepares individuals for entry-level jobs as a polysomnographic technician, a.k.a. sleep technician. Students will learn the basics of performing the typical operational tasks as a sleep technician as well as adult and pediatric sleep studies performed within a hospital based or free-standing sleep disorder center. Upon completion of this program students will be able to understand the role and scope of the sleep technician within a sleep center, educate the patient on basic elements of sleep related disorder, perform basics of patient hookups, perform diagnostic sleep studies, perform therapeutic sleep studies with the use of positive airway devices such as CPAP and BiPAP, perform daytime hypersomnia studies such as Multiple Sleep Latency Tests (MSLT) and Maintenance of Wakefulness Tests (MWT).

Approved by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) for Pathway #3 of the CPSGT & Pathway #4 of the RPSGT Exams.

First Sleep School is an approved Focused 2 STAR provider with the BRPT, school number F2006.

If you have not already obtained your separate Self Study training, we also offer the 100% online “Self Study” portion, at an additional cost, to help meet your eligibility for the BRPT.  Both, the Self Study and 80 Hour In-Person Training, are required to meet the CPSGT exam eligibility under Pathway #3 and RPSGT exam eligibility under Pathway #4.  As listed on the BRPT website, we are a STAR-designated Self Study education program AND a STAR-designated focused 2 program.

Courses held at North Central Texas College – Corinth Campus

 

Polysomnography Education Program (PEP) is an 80 hour course designed for two general types of individuals.

Students of this course will either have no experience and desire to enter the field of sleep technology or already have some experience/online training but wish to take the course to help advance their career and/or help them shorten the time required to obtained a national credential such as the CPSGT/RPSGT offered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (BRPT).

The PEP is also helpful for those current allied healthcare professional, such as a Respiratory Therapist or EEG Technologists who seeks an introduction to or review of sleep medicine and polysomnography. The PEP has been similarly modeled using the A-STEP curriculum and is offered as a comparable alternative. First Sleep School (S4200) is also an approved career school by the Texas Workforce Commission and is recognized by the BRPT as a Focused 2 STAR provider, which allows those students completing the course to use their training toward their credentialing goals.

First Sleep School developed and is offering the PEP to help those existing professionals take the course on Saturday’s only for 10 consecutive weeks as a way to prevent as much impact on their current work and personal schedule AND for those that have the flexibility of a condensed timeline going for two-weeks straight using a Monday through Friday schedule. Either course offers the same content with the same Certificate of Completion.

A Polysomnographic Technologist is commonly known as a Sleep Tech or Sleep Technologist. A Sleep Tech is the trained medical professional that performs the sleep study, usually at night, to help determine if someone has one of the many diagnosable sleep disorders, such as snoring or obstructive sleep apnea.  The sleep recording is usually done in a sleep center and may be located in a hospital, office building or even a hotel.

THE ROLE OF THE POLYSOMNOGRAPHIC TECHNOLOGIST

Sleep Techs work as members of a health care team to help diagnose and treat sleep disorders.

DIAGNOSIS

When a patient is referred to the sleep lab for testing, the Sleep Technologist greets the patient, shows them the bedroom where they will be recorded and attaches sensors to the patient’s skin surface. The sensors are glued or taped to the patient’s scalp, face, legs and body.

After the sensors are applied, the patient settles in bed and the recording begins. While the patient sleeps, the technologist is busy watching both the video monitor of the patient and the recorded brainwaves, eye movements, muscle and breathing activity of the patient. They make careful notations to assist in the interpretation of the recording.

In the morning, the technologist ends the recording and removes the sensors from the patient.
The entire recording is then reviewed and analyzed for the length and quality of sleep and for the presence of abnormal breathing or movements that have affected the sleep quality.

A report is generated, reviewed for accuracy and given to the doctor who will diagnose the sleep disorder.

TREATMENT

Many patients who have a sleep study have some degree of Obstructive Sleep Disordered Breathing. They have repeated episodes of a completely or partially blocked upper airway that leads to repeated drops in oxygen and brief interruptions of the sleep cycle.

A common method of treating this disorder is Nasal CPAP, (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), which requires the patient to wear a soft mask over his/her nose, which is attached by a hose to a small air blower at the bedside. When the patient wears Nasal CPAP, his obstructive breathing and snoring are eliminated and the patient enjoys a normal sleep. Different patients require different levels of air pressure and the usual method of determining the proper pressure is called CPAP Titration.

A Sleep Technologist usually performs the CPAP titration. This often involves a process of patient education and training followed by careful observation and pressure adjustments during the recording.

Polysomnographic Technologists also may participate in the follow-up care of the CPAP user.

WORK HOURS

Most sleep recordings are made during the patient’s usual sleep hours. So many PSG techs work during the evening and night. Often the shift is 10-12 hours and the work week is sometimes limited to 3 nights. Depending on the size of the sleep lab, several techs may work together or the sleep tech may work alone for the entire night.

These factors require the ability to remain awake, alert and maintain good interpersonal skills throughout the night as well as the ability to get proper sleep during the day.

The PSG analysis is usually performed during the day along with some types of sleep recording.
Daytime positions are usually obtained after spending some time performing the recordings at night. A daytime position may involve arriving early in the morning, staying late in the evening or may involve normal business hours.

BACKGROUND, EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Sleep Techs often have experience in performing medical procedures or providing medical care. Many have worked previously as EEG or Neurodiagnostic Technologists, Respiratory Therapists, Cardiac technicians or EMTs.

Some have no previous medical experience and require additional school or training time.

Since the field is relatively new and rapidly growing, training is varied and may be “on-the-job training”, and/or attending some level of formal training program. Training programs may last days, weeks or years. The amount, type of previous experience, and/or formal training required will vary.

THERE ARE FOUR LEVELS OF SLEEP TECHS:

  1. Polysomnographic Trainee, who usually require direct supervision by a trained Sleep Technologist while learning the skills
  2. Polysomnographic Technician, who may work nights to record the sleep study and perform titrations, or work days to analyze the recordings and prepare a report.
  3. Certified Polysomnographic Technologist, (CPSGT) who has demonstrated a strong entry level knowledge to pass the national exam. CPSGT mostly work nights and are generally working toward the RPSGT credential. This category falls under the “Technician” section.
  4. Registered Polysomnographic Technologist, (RPSGT) who has the required experience and knowledge to pass a difficult national exam. RPSGTs typically work nights and/or days and may have supervisory duties.

THE PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION

Although it is not usually required, many sleep technicians/technologists are members of a national organization, like the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST). The AAST performs national surveys of technician/technologists, provides annual awards, educational courses, and maintains committees to ensure that standards of care and practice in the profession are developed and maintained. The website for the organization is http://www.aastweb.org/.

The AAST monitors both federal and state legislative and regulatory activity that might affect job classifications as well as the health and safety of the nation or reimbursement of sleep-related medical procedures.

THE OUTLOOK

The need for sleep technicians/technologists is expected to continue to grow in the coming years due to the increasing awareness of the ability to diagnose and treat sleep disorders and the risk posed by a sleep disorder that is undiagnosed and untreated.

HOW TO BECOME A CERTIFIED POLYSOMNOGRAPHIC TECHNOLOGIST (CPSGT)

There are 3 pathways of eligibility for the CPSGT certificate offered by the BRPT and all require a high school diploma or equivalent GED as well as Basic Cardiac Life Support.

PATHWAY 1: CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum of 3 months experience as a sleep trainee or sleep technician
  • Completion of STAR-designated self study program, such as the Atlanta School’s Online Foundation of Sleep Technology or the AASM’s A-STEP Self Study Modules
  • Proof of completion of secondary education or equiv.

PATHWAY 2: CAAHEP/COARC STUDENT GRADUATE

PATHWAY 3: FOCUSED TRAINING

  • Completion of STAR-designated Focused, or a combination of self study and Focused 2 education, such as First Sleep School’s Polysomnography Education Program or equivalent STAR-designated Focused 2 program (Note: this pathway provides the opportunity for Certification without any actual work experience.)
  • Proof of completion of secondary education or equiv.

NOW THAT I AM A CPSGT, HOW TO I BECOME A RPSGT?

RPSGT PATHWAY #4

  1. Obtain 819 hours of clinical experience that includes on-site polysomnography duties performed as direct patient recording and/or scoring.
  2. Complete a STAR designated Focused education program OR both a STAR designated Self-Study education program AND a STAR designated Focused 2 program within a 3 year period prior to taking the RPSGT exam.Note: By taking First Sleep School’s Polysomnography Education Program or equivalent program, you would have met this Focused 2 requirement and to take the CPSGT exam you had to have already completed the Self-Study program so this is already done.
All you have to do is obtain 819 hours of clinical experience and you will be eligible for the RPSGT exam. If you have already worked a total of 9 months over the last three years as a sleep tech when you took the First Sleep School’s Polysomnography Education Program, then you should become immediately eligible to take the RPSGT exam.

PREREQUISITES:

  • At least 17 years old.
  • High School Diploma or GED; copy of your Diploma is required with Application.
  • Certified in CPR by the AHA or Red Cross
    • First Sleep is an Authorized Provider with American Red Cross to provide CPR training.  If interested, please let your school representative know that you would like to obtain your CPR certification through First Sleep.  Additional fees apply.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course of instruction prepares individuals for entry-level jobs as a polysomnographic technician, a.k.a. sleep technician. Graduates may find suitable employment with sleep disorder centers. Students will learn the basics of performing the typical operational tasks as a sleep technician as well as adult and pediatric sleep studies performed within a hospital based or free-standing sleep disorder center. Upon completion of this program students will be able to understand the role and scope of the sleep technician within a sleep center, educate the patient on basic elements of sleep related disorder, perform patient hookups, perform diagnostic sleep studies, perform therapeutic sleep studies with the use of positive airway devices such as CPAP and BiPAP, perform daytime hypersomnia studies such as Multiple Sleep Latency Tests (MSLT) and Maintenance of Wakefulness Tests (MWT).

STUDENT WILL LEARN TO DO:

  1. How to appropriately greet the patient when they arrive at the center, how to interact with patients throughout the encounter and how to take a comprehensive sleep history with and without using Sleep Questionnaires.
  2. How to measure the head using the 10-20 electrode placement system and how to start recognizing the earmark differences between sleep stages.
  3. How to properly prepare the patient’s skin for EEG electrode placement on the scalp, near the eyes, on the chin/jaw and the chest. How to connect the wires to the sleep equipment and then how to start recognizing the earmark differences between sleep stages and the difference between a normal sinus rhythm and cardiac arrhythmia.
  4. How to apply appropriate sensors for effort, airflow and blood oxygen/carbon dioxide monitoring and how to connect the sensor to the sleep equipment. The student will learn how to perform a full hook up of a routine polysomnogram.
  5. How to define and recognize the obstructive apneas, obstructive hypopneas, Respiratory Effort Related Arousals (RERAs), snoring as well as central apneas, central hypopneas, periodic breathing episodes like Cheyne-Stokes Breathing. How to define and recognize hypoventilation/hypoxemia. How Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) works and about the many different interfaces that can be available to the patient during the study and at home. The student will also learn when, how and why to adjust the pressure during a study and under what conditions would a split night study be performed.  The subject will also discuss the protocol relating to decannulation studies, which are performed on patients with a tracheotomy in place to bypass the upper airway.
  6. How to explain to the patient how Positive Airway Works and the difference between Auto-PAP, CPAP and BiPAP, how to desensitize the patient to PAP during orientation, how to place an interface on the patient and take it off, how and when to adjust the pressures, how and when to initiate CPAP during a split night study, how and when to switch between Auto-PAP, CPAP and BiPAP during a study, how and when to initiate/stop supplemental oxygen during a study. How to educate the patient on the alternative options to PAP therapy for treating sleep disordered breathing.
  7. How to properly apply the different EMG electrodes on the patient and monitor the EMG tracing within the recording montage, how to define and recognize movement disorders such as PLMD and bruxism, how to define and score periodic limb movements, how to differential between sleep disordered breathing events or true neurological movements not associated to a sleep disordered breathing issue, how to review and read a polysomnographic report and how the many indices are calculated for reporting.
  8. How to differentiate between nocturnal parasomnia and nocturnal seizures, how to define and Narcolepsy and all its clinical features, how to set up a patient for and perform a MSLT test and MWT test.
  9. How to identify common clinical manifestation of issues relating to insomnia, seizures, circadian rhythm disorders and/or behavioral/psychiatric related issues, how to recognize and eliminate artifact from the different tracings in a sleep study, how to manage emergencies and when to escalate the response to outside help, how to independently hook up a patient for a routine polysomnogram with our without the use of positive airway pressure.
  10. How to define and score using the pediatric scoring rules, how to interact with the pediatric patient and their caregiver, how to recognize the clinical features of common sleep disorders children can have, how to describe the typical management for children suffering from sleep disordered breathing, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders and behavioral related sleep disorders.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION:

The student must attend at least 90% of the course and pass the final exam. A score of 70% or better is required on the final exam. The student will be allowed two retest of the final. The student must complete all requirements within 12 months of starting the Polysomnography Education Program (PEP) course, if not completed within the original course schedule.

FINE PRINT:

Course offered by First Sleep School are the sole property of the First Sleep School, therefore any unauthorized distribution of course material is strictly prohibited. Any students who violate the terms and conditions of use for First Sleep School’s owned material will lose further access privileges and will not receive any refund.

Any questions or concerns regarding this disclaimer may be directed to school@firstsleepcenter.com or by phone at 866-790-2813, ext 700.

TUITION

The total program tuition is $3,000.00 and includes all textbook and study material needed to complete the course.

FINANCING

Special Financing through First Sleep School may be available for qualified students. 50% due by first day of class and then remaining balance can be paid over the next 3 months.  Certificate of Completion will be issued once tuition blanace paid in full.

Although we are a small, private career school approved by the Texas Workfoce Commission, our 80 hour course is not large enough to qualify to receive federal student aid from the government.

WHEN YOU ARE READY TO ENROLL

Class size is limited to twenty students and is reserved on a first come, first serve basis. To guarantee your seat in your preferred course date, please submit a completed registration form with either a fully refundable down payment of at least 10% of your total tuition or by paying your total tuition amount in full. If a deposit is made to reserve your seat, the remaining balance is due before the start of the course. First Sleep School reserves the right to refund deposit and terminate enrollment, if the unpaid balance is not received prior to the due date.

Payment can be made in the form of Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Cashier’s Check, Personal Check or Money Order.
 
Please download the Enrollment Agreement, which can be obtained under the In-Person (Live) Tab under Courses, and then fax it to 866-790-2813 or e-mail to school@firstsleepcenter.com.
 

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

All cancellations should be requested in writing and should be made to First Sleep School as soon as the student is fully committed to the decision so that other students may have an opportunity to enroll. A full refund will be made to any student who cancels the enrollment agreement within 3 days after the enrollment agreement is signed or within the student’s first three scheduled class days. For cancellations made after the expiration date, the student should refer to the School Catalog and/or Enrollment Agreement for complete details about cancellations and refunds.

After you register, you will receive an e-mail entitled “Confirmation of Enrollment” within a few days of signing your agreement. Please be sure that the e-mail address on the registration is the correct so it does not cause any delays. If you are coming in from out of town, please wait until you have received your confirmation e-mail to make travel plans to prevent unforeseen issues that may arise.

TUITION BALANCE

If you reserved your seat with a deposit, your tuition balance is due prior to the start of your class. Failure to issue payment by deadline may result in a refund of your deposit and forfeiture of enrollment. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure payment is made within the payment guidelines. If you need special payment plan arrangements, please make sure that you work it out with your school representative before the first day of class.

COURSE LOCATION

First Sleep School is held at the Corinth campus of North Central Texas College located at 1500 N. Corinth Street, Corinth, Texas 76208. You will be notified of our room assignment within a week of the start of class.

WHAT TO WEAR

Business casual dress is appropriate. You are encourage to dress comfortably and in layers as the classroom temperature may vary. Scrubs are also acceptable for classroom or the practical component of the course.

CLASS SCHEDULE

The “weekend course” is offered on Saturday’s only for ten weeks. Class begins at 8:30 am on each scheduled day of instruction. The class will run until 5:30 pm with a 1 hour break for lunch at noon and a 5 minute break at the end of every hour.

The “weekday course” is offered Monday – Friday for two weeks. Class begins at 8:30 am on each scheduled day of instruction. The class will run until 5:30 pm with a 1 hour break for lunch at noon and a 5 minute break at the end of every hour.

MISSING A CLASS

Since the requirements for graduation include attending 90% of all instruction, this allows for one missed class during the “10 Day” course. You will, however, be responsible for the information taught during that class day missed through the demonstration of passing the final written and practical exam. If you are going to miss a course, please notify the school director by e-mail and by phone so that arrangement for study materials and make up work can be coordinated.

CANCELLATIONS AND CHANGES

All cancellations should be requested in writing and should be made to First Sleep School as soon as the student is fully committed to the decision so that other students may have an opportunity to enroll. A full refund will be made to any student who cancels the enrollment agreement within 3 days after the enrollment agreement is signed or within the student’s first three scheduled class days. For cancellations made after the expiration date, the student should refer to the School Catalog and/or Enrollment Agreement for complete details about cancellations and refunds.