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Thompson Rivers University

POLY 3041: Polysomnography Program Clinical Component

This clinical course is designed to provide a broad clinical experience. This will include the development of caseload, technical and diagnostic skills. Upon completion, students should be proficient with the necessary educational and technical skills to allow them to practice these in their own clinical environment.

Learning outcomes

  • You will function as a Polysomnographic Trainee.
  • You will be exposed to all aspects of the discipline of polysomnography.
  • You will develop some understanding about the processes used in booking patients and prioritizing cases, including the use of non-invasive ventilators and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) units.
  • You will be capable of doing complete electrode and sensor applications with satisfactory signal reception and electrode impedance.
  • You will gain experience in and develop the necessary skills to become competent in the recognition and methods of troubleshooting artifacts.
  • You will develop and demonstrate the necessary familiarity to:
    • Anticipate the monitoring required for specific cases.
    • Set up equipment and monitoring effectiveness.
    • Make changes where appropriate to satisfy clinical safety issues.
  • You will be able to recognize clinically relevant signs and symptoms of patient distress.
  • You will develop skills in:
    • Calibration of equipment
    • Preparation of necessary set-up tray
    • Electrode application and removal
    • Sensor application and removal
    • Sleep stage scoring and electroencephalographic arousal recognition
    • Event recognition, scoring, and formulation of reports
    • MSLT recording and reporting

Course topics

Level 1-Electrode and Sensor Application, and Signal Calibration Procedures

Level 2-All Night Sleep Recording

Level 3-Sleep Staging and Event Scoring

Level 4-Adjuncts to Sleep Recording Diagnostics

Level 5-Data Acquisition and Reporting

Required text and materials

The following text would have been purchased in POLY 3011 and 3031. If students did not take POLY 3011 and 3031 and/or don't already own the required textbook, please be aware that students will need to purchase it. To do so, please contact Enrolment Services at or 1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada), 250.852.7000 (Kamloops, BC), and 1.250.852.7000 (International).

  1. Mattice, C., Brooks, R., Lee-Chiong, T. (Eds.) (2020). Fundamentals of sleep technology. (3rd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health.
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-1-9751-1162-5


This course is assessed on the basis of a student's completion of the checklists in the competency manual. The student must consistently meet the clinical objectives at an acceptable level. Successful completion of all aspects of the evaluation will result in a successful completion of this course. No grades are issued; the transcript for POLY 3041 will read "COM" (Complete) or "NCG" (No Credit Granted).

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