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What Is a Polysomnographic Technologist?

Dec 05, 2008

A polysomnographic technologist is someone who is trained to conduct polysomnogram tests on people who may have sleeping disorders. To qualify for this career one must complete training to become certified as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist, or RPSGT. This usually requires that the applicant complete a registry exam, as well completing between 6 and 18 months of clinical work experience in the field.

As a polysomnographic technologist your job will entail collecting sleep data using a PSG, or polysomnogram. This data is collected using electrodes that monitor brain activity, eye movement, muscle tension and heart rate, as well as respiration.

The task of the polysomnographic technologist is to help prepare patients for their polysomnograms, monitor the patient while they sleep, and interpret the results to help the patient resolve their sleep disorder. The average salary for this position ranges from $38,000 to $43,000 per year.

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