This technical certificate program is a three-semester (twelve month) program and is composed of didactic and clinical instruction. The online format is designed to better accommodate students with more difficult schedules. The program format includes 6 lecture courses offered online and clinical training during the summer and fall terms. All didactic instruction is delivered online from the Volunteer State Community College main campus in Gallatin, TN. The clinical training will be performed at various hospitals and clinics in Middle and West Tennessee and surrounding areas. The program is designed to prepare the student for employment in a Sleep Disorder Center, as well as lessen the training period required to sit for the national BRPT credentialing examination. After completing and successfully passing the BRPT examination, the sleep lab technologist will receive the R.PSG.T credentialing (Registered Polysomnographic Technologist).
The program must be completed in succession beginning with the spring semester. Therefore, the student is required to have taken the preceding semester's courses in advance of latter courses. For those students entering the program with prior Sleep, Respiratory or Nursing backgrounds, the advisor may allow the transfer of college credit or credit by examination.
For those wishing to pursue an associate degree, this technical certificate may be applied towards the A.A.S. Health Sciences Option.
Students desiring entrance into the Sleep Diagnostic Technology program must have the following on file:
- Meet admission requirements for Volunteer State Community College based on the admission or readmission status the applicant is seeking
- Apply to the Sleep Diagnostics Program-the link is located on the left side of this page-by October 1 for the class beginning in January. Applcants are strongly encourage to apply early. Any questions about the program or the admissions procedure should be directed to the Program Director, Mel Matthews.
Student Background Check
All students will be required to complete a criminal background check upon formal acceptance in an Health Sciences program. The results of the background check will be forwared to the Clinical Affiliations Specialist at Volunteer State Community College. Please take a look at our Background Check Requirements and steps on how to get your results submitted.
Effective September 1, 2005, students seeking enrollment in designated Health Sciences programs requiring participation in clinical training in area hospitals and related clinics/agencies must provide evidence of a passing score on a background check prior to official acceptance/enrollment into the respective program. Either the failure to provide the required background check results by the due date established or the receipt of anything other than a passing score on the background check will make a student ineligible for enrollment in the respective program. Background checks are performed at the student's expense. Find more detailed information about Student Background Checks.
Students seeking enrollent in a Health Sciences Program requireing patricipation in clinical training in area hosptials and related clinics must provide evidenance of having passed a 10-panel urine drug screen prior to official acceptance/enrollment in the Program. Find out more information about the screening procedures and locations.
Courses and Curriculum
Our course and curriculum information is available in the online Catalog.
The Sleep Diagnostics Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technology (CoA-PSG).Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technology (CoAPSG) 1711 Frank Ave New Burn, NC 28560 252-626-3238
What to Do Next
- Download the Sleep Diagnostics Technology Program Information Packet
- Apply to the College
- Explore the links on the left side of this page