Sleep Technician Training Course

MODULE 1: PERFORMING DIAGNOSTIC POLYSOMNOGRAPHY (A SLEEP STUDY)

Teacher/Coordinator: Dione McCarthy

Sessions: Monthly on a calendar basis (see upcoming courses below). Please note: places fill quickly.

Classes: Four x 8 hour days of lectures and tutorials.

Practical: Three x 12 hour night shifts per week over 3 consecutive weeks (nine night shifts in total).

Assessments: 2 hour written exam, 1.5 hour practical assessment. Overnight practical assessments.

Mode of delivery: Four days of classes. Nine nights of practical.

Prerequisites: Fluency in written and spoken English, evidence of updated vaccination status.

Recommended: Current or completed study of medicine, nursing, neuroscience, medical science, exercise science, psychology (health care). Previous experience in the health sector is advantageous.

This entry-level module is designed to provide students with a comprehensive foundation in the performance of a diagnostic sleep study, from evaluation of study type through application of electrodes, hardware and software operation, troubleshooting, as well as the monitoring of patients undergoing testing. Students will undertake classes exploring normal sleep and normal physiology during sleep and progress to coverage of common abnormalities seen during sleep, including brain function (EEG) abnormalities, respiratory problems (sleep disordered breathing), cardiac arrhythmias and movement disorders.

Students will gain experience with three (3) polysomnography systems used widely throughout Australia and internationally, in the recording and analysis of sleep data:

  • Philips ALICE 6 (G3 software)
  • Sandman Elite 32+
  • EMBLA REMlogic (Titanium)

Learning material will be presented via lectures/tutorials and overnight practical sessions. Upon conclusion of the module, students will be required to confidently and efficiently provide full diagnostic PSG service for three patients per night. Successful completion of this module will enhance students' employability in private and public sleep laboratories/clinics and sleep research centres.

What is a Sleep Technician?

A Sleep Technician is a person who is trained in polysomnography – setup and monitoring of patients to investigate sleep problems. The majority of their work is performed in the evening and/or overnight. There are daytime roles for Sleep Technicians and Sleep Technologists such as sleep study scoring and analysis, and performing MSLT’s (Multiple Sleep Latency Tests or Maintenance of Wakefulness Tests).

Polysomnography (PSG) (many-sleep-to write) is the application of multiple electrodes and sensors to monitor various parameters of sleep, such as brain activity, respiration and gas exchange, cardiac rhythm and body movement.

Testimonials

"As a student of psychology, particularly interested in sleep and health, I was looking for a job that would be related to sleep. I discovered a course - performing diagnostic polysomnography - at Woolcock website. I found the course challenging, informative and beyond my expectations. In one month I learnt more than I ever thought I would in such a short period of time. Now I can operate 3 different PSG systems, confidently run diagnostic sleep studies, apply electrodes and sensors, monitor patients during night, and distinguish between healthy and pathological sleep by reading electrophysiological measurements. I really enjoyed working overnight, providing patients with the best care, and working in the friendly, knowledgeable and caring environment. This course opened the door to an interesting and enjoyable employment, which is well suited to my lifestyle."

~ Past student

Upcoming Courses:

Usual Course Schedule

Enrolment Costs

Course fee (Module 1): $1321.00

Limited places available each month.

For further information, enquiries or registration please email Dione McCarthy, Training Coordinator at dione.mccarthy@woolcock.org.au

Employment Opportunities

Opportunities are available throughout Australia and overseas for qualified Sleep Technicians. See http://sleeptechnologists.org/ for recent vacancies listed on the Australasian Sleep Technologists Association website. Employers seeking trained staff are welcome to advise us of their vacancies.