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JasonInAlaska
  Unread post  Post subject: Registered Polysomnographic Technologist  |  Posted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:48 pm
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A recent post has me wondering: what is a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist? What training is involved? Can any Joe Schmoe off the street go take a certification course? Is medical training required?


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JasonInAlaska wrote:
A recent post has me wondering: what is a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist? What training is involved? Can any Joe Schmoe off the street go take a certification course? Is medical training required?


Some states do not have any laws right now, but most require you to take an 80 hour a-step course, complete 21 online modules, take an CPSGT exam, then after 819 hours of working/clinical experience you take the RPSGT exam. NY is pushing for an associates degree in Polysomnography but they cannot technically enforce it until they have 3 schools with the program and they only have one right now, one is in the works also.


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Here is a link to what it's like in Georgia. It's the exact same in California now. http://www.sleepschool.com/how-to-become-a-rpsgt.html

This is all within the last 10 years or so.

The route for me to get hired and into the field was that I needed to have a Bachelors of Science. Then I was trained on the job. The people I trained under were absolute rockstars in the field...in my opinion.

After 2 years of work I was "allowed" to sit for the RPSGT exam which covers all kinds of things relating to the job. Once you pass you have to obtain 50 CEUs per 5 years.....not real tough.... to keep the certification.

My state also has a license they issue. Go get the license you have to have an RPSGT certificate...and of course pay a fee.

It's all very very stupid. ;)

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Thanks, guys! I appreciate the information.


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My state also has a license they issue. Go get the license you have to have an RPSGT certificate...and of course pay a fee.

It's all very very stupid. ;)


:lol: :lol: :lol:


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Hello everyone, i'm new in this forum.....I'm a sleep specialist working in a private clinical office in Morocco. i got my sleep specialist diploma from france (PARIS). soon i'll come leave in New york city (Husband's Job). I know it will be extremely difficult to work as a sleep specialist in the US....I'm thinking of becoming a sleep technicien. i have no idea how to do that. is there any exam i should pass for the licensing? do i have to study "again" to obtain a sleep technicien diploma? i'll be very grateful if you could give me any advice, any recommandation to help me out... sleep medicine is something i really love!!! and i would do anything to work in something related to it!


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Ch.RA wrote:
Hello everyone, i'm new in this forum.....I'm a sleep specialist working in a private clinical office in Morocco. i got my sleep specialist diploma from france (PARIS). soon i'll come leave in New york city (Husband's Job). I know it will be extremely difficult to work as a sleep specialist in the US....I'm thinking of becoming a sleep technicien. i have no idea how to do that. is there any exam i should pass for the licensing? do i have to study "again" to obtain a sleep technicien diploma? i'll be very grateful if you could give me any advice, any recommandation to help me out... sleep medicine is something i really love!!! and i would do anything to work in something related to it!


Most states acknowledge the RPSGT credential, which has a bunch of different pathways to registration, as detailed on the BRPT website in the following link:
https://www.brpt.org/rpsgt/eligibility/

Basically, you can do on the job training, complete a CAAHEP-credentialed college course, complete A-Step (online modules with short quizzes, while working in the field), or transfer international credits. Each has different requirements for experience in the field before making you eligible to sit for the board test. The boards are timed, and feature a couple hundred multiple-choice questions. They have actually gotten easier over the years, as I prepped for them once in 2011, and then again this year (due to life getting in the way a bit) and found that the actual exam was much easier, and had a higher pass rate. My advice would be to find a job that is willing to pay for your board test, because it costs $450 just to sit for it and that isn't refundable if you fail. Depending on the pathway that you're eligible for, you may need the clinical experience in country as well.

There are a ton of study aids you can use, or courses you can take, but make sure that you are following the guidelines set by the AASM, because those are the ones that the BRPSGT (Board Exam) are based on. You can see some Practice Guidelines and excerpts from the Scoring Manual in the link below.
https://aasm.org/clinical-resources/pra ... uidelines/

I also have some important documents that could help you on your way in .pdf format if you decide to get registered and need help. Best of luck.


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