This course is designed to provide the most current information on the technical and clinical
aspects of polysomnography, as well as the methodology used by the polysomnographic
technologist in the sleep laboratory. This course includes patient interaction and describes
the capture of bioelectric activity, overnight recording techniques, the interpretation of
data and data presentation for the compilation of the final report.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the basis of the 10-20 system of electrode placement and its advantages,
measuring procedures, errors and possible modifications.
- Describe the general methodology of staging sleep studies.
- Outline the standardized scoring system for sleep stage scoring.
- Define, classify, and describe artifacts and their elimination.
- Describe the physiological aspects leading to arrhythmias during sleep.
- Give an overview of the multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) and describe the methods used
for administering and interpreting MLST.
- Recognize the need for initial calibrations before an all-night study and describe the
presentation of the data provided in a final report.
- Module A: The International 10-20 System of Electrode Placement
- Module B: Methodology for Staging Sleep
- Module C: Sleep Stage Scoring-The American Academy of Sleep Medicine System
- Module D: Artifacts
- Module E: ECGs and Cardiac Arrhythmias During Sleep
- Module F: Measuring Daytime Sleepiness
- Module G: Reports
- Module H: Event Definitions
- Module I: Pediatric Polysomnography
- Module J: Interaction Between Patients and Technologists, and Administrative and Safety
Required text and materials
The following textbook would have been purchased in POLY 3011. If students did not take POLY
3011 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada), 250.852.7000
(Kamloops, BC), and 1.250.852.7000 (International).
- Mattice, C., Brooks, R., Lee-Chiong, T. (Eds.) (2020). Fundamentals of Sleep
Technology (3rd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health.
Students will need to source the following on their own:
- Berry R.B, Brooks R., Gamaldo, C.E., Harding, S.M., Lloyd, R.M., Marcus, C.L. and Vaughn,
B.V.. The AASM Manual for the Scoring of Sleep and Associated Events: Rules, Terminology
and Technical Specifications Version 2.4. (2018). Darien IL: American Academy of Sleep
Note: Students will receive instructions, link and discount code once they have access to
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve 50% or higher on the overall
course and 50% on the final mandatory examination.
Students applying this course towards any TRU Health Care program may be required to obtain a
minimum 60% on the course overall to meet program requirements.
|Midterm #1 – Modules A, B, and C
|Midterm #2 – Modules D, E, F, G, and H
|Final Exam - Modules A-J (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the
necessary contact information at the start of the course.