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Polysomnographic Technologist

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Would this career be a good fit for me?

If you have the following traits, this may be a career choice for you:

  • Good observational and organizational skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team
  • Strong problem solving abilities
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

What does this job look like at Alberta Health Services?

Polysomnographic technologists work with pediatric and/or adult clients with sleep disorders. They are responsible for performing polysomnography, sleep studies and multiple-sleep latency tests. Polysomographic technologists monitor clients and document vital statistics, abnormalities, calibrations, artifact interventions and treatments. Based on these studies, they prepare comprehensive analyses. They also educate patients and their families on sleep disorders and the use and maintenance of sleep-related equipment. At times, they also provide clients with ongoing technical support for equipment. This may require dealing with equipment suppliers and manufacturers. Polysomnographic technologists have opportunities to participate in research projects and can assist in implementing research findings, when applicable.

What is the work life like?

Polysomnographic technologists work in a number of different facilities including hospitals, medical centers and specialty institutions. They may work full-time or part-time hours. Shift schedules may include a combination of day, evening and weekend shifts.

Polysomnographic technologists should be comfortable working with computers and dealing with a variety of equipment including oximeters, multi-channel recorders, electro and spectrographic recorders. They may be standing, walking, bending, or sitting for extended periods of time. Occasionally, polysomnographic technologists assist with patient transfers. They may be exposed to needlesticks and bio-hazardous materials. Polysomnographic technologists should also be comfortable working in low-light conditions.

What are the educational requirements?

Polysomnographic technologists must be registered with the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT). To register, they must receive a Polysomnographic Certificate and graduate from an accredited Respiratory Therapy, Electroencephalography Technology or Nursing program.

What are the salary and benefits?

Polysomnographic technologists at Alberta Health Services are generally represented by a union called the Health Sciences Association of Alberta, commonly called HSAA. Alberta Health Services and HSAA have an employment contract called a collective agreement that applies to most polysomnographic technologists.

The pay scale for polysomnographic technologists ranges from $38.50 to $51.69 per hour for more experienced polysomnographic technologists. In addition, hourly premiums may apply for having education and training beyond the minimum requirements and for work done during evenings, nights, weekends, and on holidays.

Polysomnographic technologists also get vacation time and pay and a comprehensive Employee and Family Assistance Program provided by Alberta Health Services. Depending on the number of hours and type of position, other benefits can include paid sick time, supplementary health and dental coverage, vision care, insurances (life, accidental death and dismemberment and short- and long-term disability) and a flexible spending account.