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BRPT’s Second Annual Andrea Patterson Memorial Scholarship Program

McLean, VA – May 2, 2011 – The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists(BRPT) is now accepting applications for the second annual Andrea Patterson Memorial Scholarship Program. The Scholarship Program, named in honor of an early and highly regarded leader in the field of sleep technology, awards a $2,500 tuition grant each year to a promising student of polysomnography.

Said BRPT President Janice East, RPSGT, R. EEG T., “We’re thrilled with the success of the Scholarship program. The number of outstanding applications we received for the first scholarship award was very gratifying. It’s a privilege to honor a leader in our field and to recognize a dedicated student of polysomnography.”

Andrea Patterson, RPSGT, R. EEG T., managed the Hennepin County Sleep Program in Minneapolis, Minnesota for almost 30 years and was a leader in early efforts to develop a standardized competency-based test for sleep technologists. Those efforts were instrumental in the development of the RPSGT credentialing program. She published extensively in scientific journals and served on the BRPT Exam Development Committee for over 20 years, until her death in 2007.

Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in or accepted by a CAAHEP-accredited program in PSG, a CoARC-accredited program with a PSG add-on or an accredited END program with a PSG add-on. The scholarship application, a full description of eligibility requirements and other program details are available at Applications must be completed and returned to the BRPT no later than Tuesday, November 1. The Andrea Patterson Memorial Scholarship

Committee, chaired by past BRPT president Bonnie Robertson, CRT, RPSGT, will select the scholarship recipient. The winner will be announced in January 2012.

Added East, “The Andrea Patterson Memorial Scholarship Program is another example of BRPT’s commitment to the continued development of our field as a strong and respected allied health discipline and to the importance we place on high quality education programs.”

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