POLY 3041
Polysomnography Program Clinical Component

3.0 Credits


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.

Delivery Method

This is a face-to-face clinical course. Online access may be required.


Completion of POLY 3011, 3021, 3031 and enrolment in the Polysomnography program are required. A current Basic Cardiac Life Support certification is required.


  • 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

Course Outline

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

Maximum Completion

6 to 8 days, depending on previous medical training. 30 weeks maximum.

Required Text and Materials

This is a companion course to POLY 3011, POLY 3021 and POLY 3031. Therefore, the materials package for this course will not include any materials that were required in POLY 3011.

If you did not take to POLY 3011, POLY 3021 and POLY 3031 and don't already own the required materials, please be aware that you will need to purchase them. To do so, contact OLMaterials@tru.ca or phone 1.888.663.1653.

  1. Mattice, C., Brooks, R., Lee-Chiong, T. (Eds. in Chief).. Fundamentals of Sleep Technology. 2nd edition. Philadelphia, PA.: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012.
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 13:978-1-4511-3203-8 / 1-4511-3208-4
  1. Harner, P., & Sannit, T. A Review of the International Ten-Twenty System of Electrode Placement. Grass Instrument Company, Astro Med, Inc, 1974.
    Type: Pamphlet


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).