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How to Become a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist

Students interested in enrolling in sleep technology courses should check with their respective state medical boards to determine licensing requirements in polysomnography, if applicable.

If you are new to the medical field, you are eligible for Pathway #4. The requirements to complete this pathway are:

  1. A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  2. Must attend an 80-hour A-STEP Introductory Course
  3. Beginning March 2013: Minimum of 819 hours of clinical experience (paid or volunteer) that includes direct patient recording and/or scoring.
  4. Must pass the online A-STEP exam from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
  5. Must complete all 6 sections of the Foundation of Sleep Technology or a BRPT approved equivalent.
  6. After completing these requirements within a 3-year period, you are eligible to apply for the national registry exam from the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and earn the RPSGT credential.

 

If you are a novice sleep technician and are already working in a sleep lab, you are eligible for Pathway #1 which can be reduced to 9-Months by following the steps above.  To complete Pathway #1, you must complete these steps:

  1. Beginning March 2013: Minimum 1,638 hours of clinical experience (paid or volunteer) that includes direct patient recording and/or scoring.
  2. Must complete the 6 pillars of the Foundation of Sleep Technology or a BRPT approved equivalent.
  3. After completing these requirements within a 3-year period, you are eligible to apply for the national registry exam from the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and earn the RPSGT credential.

 

If you are a credentialed healthcare professional with any of the following: RRT, CRT, RN LPN, R.EEG.T, R.EPT, CNIM, PA, Ph.D, MD, DO, DC, EMT-P, DDS, RT, RT®, RT(CT), RT (BD), RT (N), CNMT, CCT, DrPH, RDCS, RCIS, Au.D., AT, you are eligible for pathway #2 to become an RPSGT:

  1. Beginning March 2013: Minimum 546 hours of clinical experience (paid or volunteer) that includes direct patient recording and/or scoring.
  2. After completing these requirements within a 3-year period, you are eligible to apply for the national registry exam from the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and earn the RPSGT credential.

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