A Polysomnographic Technologist is a Sleep Technologist that works in a sleep center or clinic that assists the Board Certified Sleep Physician in performing sleep testing live in a sleep center during the night. The job involves greeting patients, explaining the hookup procedures, applying sensors, and monitoring the signals all night. During the night the sleep technologist assists the patient as needed while documenting notes and analyzing data for reporting.
Many Sleep Technologists are needed right now, and typical salary's range from 40-68K with Supervisor and managers making 60-100+K.
Paired with the AASM A-Step Program students take the online learning modules and complete an 80-hour didactic course on sleep medicine along with some clinicals at a local AASM accredited facility.
Requirements: High School Diploma, good logical thinking skills, comfort working with 2 patients all night (night shift), basic math, and basic computer operating skills (windows, Office, etc.). Candidates should also be able to be at a computer desk for long periods, be able to assist patients in getting in/out of bed, have the dexterity while standing to attach medical sensors, and be able to assist patients in/out of bed to the restroom if needed.
Visit the AASM A-Step Website for more information about the program: A-STEP: Accredited Sleep Technologist Education Programs (aasm.org) You can sign up and start the first module FREE.