Syllabus for PSG-105



Therapeutic Interventions and Clinical Patient Management is the second clinical component of the Polysomnography program. It is designed to prepare students for an entry-level role as a polysomnographic (PSG) technologist. The course provides training in the fundamental concepts of clinical patient management, including identification of respiratory events and initiation and management of therapeutic interventions for sleep-related breathing disorders including PAP, oxygen, servoventilation, and noninvasive positive pressure ventilation.

The course focuses on patient treatment and development of the skills required to identify and manage patient safety and medical emergencies in the sleep center, the delivery of patient education, and the management and optimization of therapeutic interventions. Under the supervision of a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (preceptor), students will participate in polysomnographic recording procedures that include therapeutic intervention procedures.

The purpose of the course is to provide the student with the necessary skills to implement treatment for sleep-disordered breathing, monitor compliance with PAP therapy, manage patient safety issues and emergency situations, and educate patients and their family members with regards to sleep disorders.


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the need for therapeutic intervention.
  2. Initiate and manage therapeutic interventions.
  3. Identify and manage patient safety issues.
  4. Identify and manage medical emergencies.
  5. Identify and manage environmental emergencies.
  6. Provide patient education.


You will need the following textbook to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

  • Mattice, C., Brooks, R., & Lee-Chiong, T. (Eds). (2012). Fundamentals of sleep technology (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
    ISBN-13: 978-1451132038


Therapeutic Interventions and Clinical Patient Management is a four-credit online course consisting of eleven modules. Modules include an overview, topics, study materials, and clinical activities. Module titles are listed below along with the topics covered.


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 five technical competency evaluations. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.

Clinical Activities

Therapeutic Interventions and Clinical Patient Management 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 five 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.


You are required to take four online quizzes. Each quiz consists of 15 multiple-choice questions covering module topics. You will have 20 minutes to complete each quiz.

Please consult the Course Calendar for quiz due dates.

Technical Competency Evaluations

Therapeutic Interventions and Clinical Patient Management requires you to successfully complete five technical competency evaluations. They are:

To pass the course, you must pass all five competencies, that is, achieve the minimum competency score or higher on each of the five competency evaluations. Failure to achieve competency on any of the five 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.

You will be given two chances to pass each competency.


To pass the course, you must successfully complete all five technical competency evaluations (i.e., achieve the minimum competency score or higher on each competency evaluation). If you successfully complete the five competency evaluations (50%), 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, 30%). Regardless of your scores on the quizzes and your completion of module activities, failure to successfully complete all five competency evaluations will result in a failing grade (F).

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. 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 earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


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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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, or without identifying it as a direct quote, 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.”)

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Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

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