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Polysomnography Certificate

Polysomnography technologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from sleep disorders. They perform overnight sleep assessments used to diagnose various sleep disorders.

With the exception of the clinical component, this program is available to you no matter where you live. You can complete the program's theory components part-time and online while continuing to meet your professional and personal obligations.

Be sure to read the FAQs to see if this career is right for you.


Graduates 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' work experience may write the RPSGT exam under Pathway 4 eligibility.

Please refer to BRPT.

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 graduates 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 BC.

Program capacity may be limited, due to the availability of clinical placements.

Program requirements

Admission requirements

  • Open admission
  • A diploma in a health profession or an equivalent is strongly recommended
  • Consent to a Criminal Record Check

Residency requirements

A minimum of six 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

It is your responsibility to determine if current employment trends in your region meet your needs and to locate and arrange for your clinical placement. Make sure that you contact, before you begin to arrange this placement. Not all areas can support the clinical placement and local placements are required.

Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential.

Also, before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a letter of permission. Otherwise, you may find that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.

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