Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Polysomnography Certificate

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

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.


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 at

 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

If you plan to complete a credential through OL, please fill out a Program Admission Form and email, mail or fax it to OL Admissions, along 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

It is your responsibility to determine if current employment trends in your region meet your needs and, in most areas, to locate and arrange for your clinical placement. However, make sure that you contact the Program Administrator, Science, before you begin to arrange this placement.

Please consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential. Before you register in a course not listed on the website, you must apply for an LOP. If you proceed otherwise, you may find that a course cannot be applied toward your credential or that you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.


Please see Tuition and Fees for details.


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

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