Syllabus for PSG-200



Clinical Fundamentals of Polysomnography provides the student with the online component for preparing them for their role as an entry-level polysomnographic (PSG) technologist. The course covers the fundamental concepts of the PSG discipline: roles, ethics, and professional behavior of the PSG technologist; basic sleep physiology and cardiopulmonary physiology; basic concepts of PSG recording and testing preparation; and management of clinical and technical events.



After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the key functions and responsibilities of the sleep technologist.
  2. Review a patient chart and communicate results with the physician.
  3. Conduct a pretest patient interview.
  4. Orient the patient to the sleep center.
  5. Prepare and organize the necessary electrodes and monitors to be used in the PSG evaluation.
  6. Apply all electrodes and monitors based on physician specified order/procedure.
  7. Prepare the PSG acquisition system.
  8. Initiate, monitor, and document a polysomnographic recording.
  9. Identify and manage clinical and technical events.
  10. Identify drugs that may affect the sleep EEG or other applicable physiological parameters being assessed during the PSG recording.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The Artifact & Troubleshooting Guide is available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct. The AASM Manual for Scoring . . . Version 2.0 is available by subscription or access code from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.


Clinical Fundamentals of Polysomnography is a six-credit online course, consisting of eleven (11) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below. 


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in scheduled clinical sessions and complete associated module activities (Laboratory and Clinical checklists and Clinical Experience Summary Logs), take four graded quizzes, and pass four technical competency evaluations. See below for details.

Consult the course Calendar for due dates.

Clinical Activities

Clinical Fundamentals of Polysomnography affords you the opportunity, while working under the supervision and guidance of a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (your preceptor), to observe and practice the competencies you need to demonstrate on the four technical competency evaluations. The activities associated with clinical sessions supervised by your preceptor include working through and submitting module Laboratory and Clinical Checklists and Clinical Experience Summary Logs. Your preceptor will complete these checklists and logs and return them to you along with her or his feedback.


Clinical Fundamentals of Polysomnography requires you to take four (4) online quizzes. Each quiz consists of 20 multiple-choice questions covering module topics. You will have 30 minutes to complete each quiz. Please consult the course Calendar for quiz due dates.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.

Competency Evaluations

Clinical Fundamentals of Polysomnography requires you to successfully complete four (4) technical competency evaluations. They are:

To pass the course, you must pass all four competencies, that is, achieve the minimum competency score or higher on each of the four competency evaluations. Failure to achieve competency on any of the four competency evaluations will result in a failing grade for the course.

Competency is met when you perform the competency according to accepted standards and guidelines. For every “Needs Improvement” (NI) you receive, your preceptor will enter a comment outlining the specific issue. To achieve a minimum passing score (see the Scoring Key for each competency evaluation), you must meet standards on 80% of the items listed as individual competencies and submit all accompanying files (screen captures and photos) identified.


To pass the course, you must successfully complete all four technical competency evaluations (i.e., achieve the minimum competency score or higher on each competency evaluation). If you successfully complete the four competency evaluations (60%), then the rest of your grade will be determined by your scores on the four quizzes (20%) and your completion of the module lab and clinical activities (checklists and summary logs, 20%). Regardless of your scores on the quizzes and your completion of module activities, failure to successfully complete all four competency evaluations will result in a failing grade (F).

Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must successfully complete all four Technical Competency evaluations and earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., labs, clinicals, quizzes, and competency evaluations). You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted.


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or the College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.


Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of the intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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