Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Polysomnography Certificate

The Polysomnography Certificate program is for you if you are interested in pursuing a career as an EEG technologist, nurse or respiratory therapist specializing in medicine and polysomnography.

With the exception of its clinical components, this program is available to you wherever you live, inside or outside of Canada. Complete the program's theory components whever you are, part-time and online while continuing to meet your professional and personal obligations.


As a graduate of this program, you are eligible 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, meaning that certificate holders must earn the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) credential within three years, or lose the CPSGT designation.

Program graduates with nine months of 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.

 Calendar Description

The Polysomnography Certificate program is approved by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) as a STAR-designated focused education provider. This allows graduesates to write the CPSGT exam under Pathway 3 eligibility.

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.

 Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

If you plan to complete a TRU-OL credential, submit a completed Program Admission Form with your application.

Residency Requirements

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

Certificate Requirements (12 credits)

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

Student Responsibility

Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select are available and appropriate for your program of study and educational goals. Otherwise, you may find that a course does not meet the program requirements and cannot be applied toward that program’s credential.


Please see Tuition and Fees for details.


Contact the Program Administrator, Science for more information about this program

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