Licensed and/or certified healthcare professionals are
eligible to earn the new assessment-based Clinical Sleep Educator Certificate,
including nurses, sleep technologists, respiratory care practitioners,
psychologists, social workers, physicians, physician assistants and health
educators. The Clinical Sleep Educator Certificate Program will benefit these
professionals who work with sleep medicine patients and families, or who
provide community education and outreach. After meeting all program
requirements, individuals must successfully complete a post-test. Individuals
with an interest in sleep medicine who are not licensed and/or certified health
care professionals may attend the course, but will not be eligible to earn a
certificate as a Clinical Sleep Educator.
The program registration fee includes the cost of the certificate.
The Clinical Sleep Educator Certificate Program will provide
non-physician health care providers working in sleep medicine with training and
education to aid in the care and management of patients with sleep disorders,
primarily sleep apnea. A certificate as
a Clinical Sleep Educator recognizes the importance of health care
professionals who collaborate with physicians, patients, and families in the
delivery of services and management of sleep disorders. A Clinical Sleep
Educator will be the liaison and point of contact for patient issues, problems,
and treatments. A certificate as a
Clinical Sleep Educator emphasizes the important role of non-physician health
care providers in successful disease management, community support, and the
standard of care and education provided to patients and families.
Earning a certificate as a Clinical Sleep Educator is
voluntary and is not required by law for employment. However, employers may use the certificate to
meet requirements for job competencies, promotions, salary increases, or other
considerations. A Clinical Sleep
Educator does not diagnose, treat, or provide any such services prohibited by
law or scope of practice.
A Clinical Sleep Educator communicates with patients,
families, and the community to educate individuals on sleep disorders, good
sleep hygiene, ways to optimize treatment, methods to improve and monitor
compliance with prescribed treatment, and in general assists patients in
eliminating barriers to care in order to maximize their quality of life.
The Clinical Sleep Educator
Has knowledge of diagnosis and management of
sleep disorders, with a focus on Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome.
Understands communication techniques for
teaching and the principles of learning to enhance education for patients,
families, and the community.
Understands what to look for and how to analyze
the results of the various tests and tools used to diagnosis, evaluate, and
monitor sleep disorders.
Knows how to assess patient compliance and
comfort with treatment to improve clinical outcomes.
Knows when and how to communicate effectively
with physicians and other health care professionals to report new or continued
symptoms, persistent treatment issues, or barriers to optimal care and
Serves as a resource to the community and other
health care providers by promoting education on sleep disorders, treatment,
follow up and outcomes, as well as good sleep hygiene.
The Clinical Sleep Educator is an assessment-based certificate. To receive an assessment-based
certificate, the participant is required to document attendance or
participation AND demonstrate that the intended learning objectives and
outcomes were achieved through a proficiency exam or assessment. The primary focus is on education and
training. There is a single course or
program to provide the education and training, and it is offered by a sole
provider. Learning objectives are
designed and updated to meet the needs of participants, consumers and other
stakeholders. An assessment-based
certificate is not time limited and does not require subsequent activities to
maintain it. Assessment-based
certificate holders are not awarded an acronym or letters for use after their
names. Holders of the Clinical Sleep
Educator Certificate will be eligible to take a credentialing exam for the
Clinical Sleep Educator should BRPT develop one in the future.
Provide instruction and training to participants
to achieve specific learning objectives related to clinical sleep education.
Evaluate achievement of the specific learning
objectives with a post-test.
Award a certificate to participants who pass the
post-test and qualify for the certificate.
Previously, the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP)
sponsored an annual conference entitled Becoming a Sleep Educator. The ACCP developed the sleep educator
conference in recognition of the chronic nature of obstructive sleep apnea and
general sleep disorders, knowing patients would increasingly require ongoing
adjustments and interactions with health care professionals who could benefit
from specialized education and training.
As recognition of, and the need for, a sleep educator grew, the ACCP
collaborated with the BRPT to transfer the administration and management of the
program to the BRPT. Now in its fourth
year, the Becoming a Sleep Educator conference has evolved into the BRPTís
Clinical Sleep Educator Certificate Program.