Catawba Valley Community College’s Polysomnography Technology associate degree, or sleep studies program, has openings for its fall class starting Sept. 12.
Polysomnography technology is a great career choice for individuals who are “night owls,” as their work takes place mostly at night while patients sleep. It’s an extremely rewarding career because immediate treatment may be offered at the same time tests are conducted.
Another satisfying aspect of this career field is offering patients a new lease on life. Untreated sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, diabetes and other chronic diseases causing premature death.
Polysomnographic technologists work in hospitals, sleep labs, home settings, or physicians’ offices. Entry level salaries average around $35,000 per year, working three nights per week, ranging up to around $45,000 with one year of experience and earned credentials.
Classes are delivered online during the first of the two-year program; some lab and clinical work is conducted during the day. During the second year, classes are delivered in a hybrid format, partly online and partly in person.
For more information about admission, contact Sarah Hoffman Shelton, director of Polysomnography Technology, 828-327-7000 ext. 4517, firstname.lastname@example.org.