Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Polysomnography Certificate

Program Availability

The Polysomnography Certificate program, with the exception of its clinical components, is available to applicants residing inside or outside of Canada.

Program Description

The Polysomnography Certificate program is designed to cover the theory required for EEG technologists, nurses and respiratory therapists pursuing careers in sleep medicine and polysomnography. This program is approved by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) as a STAR (sleep technology approved research)-designated, focused education provider. This allows program graduates to apply to write the Certified Polysomnographic Technician (CPSGT) exam under Pathway 3 eligibility. The CPSGT is an entry-level certification earned by individuals new to the sleep field. It is time-limited, as certificate holders must earn the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) credential within three years or lose the CPSGT designation.

The program consists of three theory courses completed by distance, followed by a two-week clinical component (POLY 3041) held in a BRPT-approved sleep facility in British Columbia. Note that program capacity may be limited due to the availability of clinical placements.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

Program graduates may apply to write the Certified Polysomnographic Technician (CPSGT) exam under Pathway 3 eligibility. Program graduates with nine months' work experience may write the RPSGT exam under Pathway 4 eligibility.

For specific eligibility criteria to write these certification examinations, please refer directly to the American Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists' website at

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

A diploma in a health profession or an equivalent is strongly recommended.

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must complete and submit a Program Admission form.

Additional Requirements

A Criminal Record Check (PDF, 892 KB).

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 6 TRU credits (distance or on-campus).

Core Knowledge Requirements

POLY 3011, Sleep and Sleep Disorders (3)
POLY 3021, Polysomnography Instrumentation (3)
POLY 3031, Principles of Polysomnography (3)
POLY 3041, Polysomnography Program Clinical Component


Students are responsible for consulting with their TRU-OL program advisor to ensure courses selected are appropriate for their program of study and educational goals. Students who proceed without approval may find that a course does not meet requirements and may be subject to transcript assessment fees.

TRU does provide liability coverage for students on unpaid practicum placements; however, workplace safety insurance varies by province. For their personal protection, out-of-province students should check on this coverage in their home province or territory.


Email Student Services for more information.

For clinical practicum information, contact the Program Administrator, Science.