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RPSGT Examination Blueprint - Effective July 1, 2013

 

The RPSGT examination consists of 200 multiple choice items. Of these, 150 items count toward the candidates’ scores and 50 are pretest items that are not scored.

General Knowledge Required:  Medical terminology, safety, verbal and written communication skills, ethics, patient confidentiality, basic patient care and emergency procedures, basic math skills and calculations, computer skills.

The Successful Candidate Will Have Knowledge Of:
  Sleep disorders and diagnostic criteria, sleep related co-morbidities, anatomy and physiology, neurophysiology, cardiac physiology, respiratory physiology, sleep physiology, scoring rules, practice parameters, testing procedures, medications and over-the-counter products, basic knowledge of computers, EEG waveform morphology, instrumentation, intervention/treatment/therapy modalities, treatment modalities.

DOMAIN 1:  STUDY PERFORMANCE/INSTRUMENTATION  40%

TASK A:  Collect and review patient information  3-7%
i.     Clinician's orders
ii.    History and physical
iii.   Medications
iv.   Patient interview
v.    Questionnaires
vi.   Patient accommodations
vii.  At-risk patients

TASK B:  Prepare for the procedure  2-5%
i.     Patient/family orientation and expectations
ii.    Equipment
iii.   Supplies
iv.   Montages

TASK C:  Identify and apply sensors  2-3%
i.     Anatomically appropriate locations
ii.    Site preparation and application
iii.   Impedance verification

TASK D:  Calibrate  2-3%  
i.     Recording device
ii.    Ancillary equipment
iii.   Physiologic verification

TASK E:  Perform Procedures  13-20%
i.      Adult test protocols
ii      Pediatric test protocols
iii.    Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
iv.    Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT)
v.     Unattended portable monitoring

TASK F:  Document during testing  2-3%
i.      Observations at regular intervals
ii.     Significant findings
iii.    Waveform variations
iv.    External disrupting influences
v.     Interventions

TASK G:  Identify and respond to issues  7-13%
i.       Artifacts
ii.      Equipment malfunction
iii.     Recording parameters
iv.     Physiologic/clinical events
v.      Emergencies
 vi.    Patient needs

TASK H:  Clean/disinfect equipment  <1%

DOMAIN 2:  SCORING AND DATA PROCESSING  20% |

TASK A:  Adult and Pediatric Scoring  12-13%
i.       Sleep stages
ii.      Arousals
          a.  Spontaneous
          b.  Event associated
iii.     Respiratory events
iv.     Desaturations
v.      Movements
vi.     Cardiac events
vii.    Verify accuracy of scored data

TASK B:  Reporting  5-8%
i.       Calculations
ii.      Graphic summary (e.g., histogram)
iii.     Narrative summary
iv.     Abnormal behavior
v.      Create report and verify accuracy

TASK C:  Archive data  <1%

DOMAIN 3:  PERFORM THERAPEUTIC TREATMENT AND INTERVENTION  30%

TASK A:  Contraindications  2-3%

TASK B:  Titrate PAP and oxygen  25-27%
i.       Adult/pediatric therapy guidelines
ii.      Proper mode of intervention
iii.     Intentional leak levels
iv.     Appropriate PAP interface
          a.  Patient acclimation
          b.  Proper interface fit
v.      Troubleshooting
          a.  Interface intolerance
          b.  Pressure intolerance
          c.  Humidification

TASK C:  Alternative therapies  <1-2%

DOMAIN 4:  THERAPY ADHERENCE AND MANAGEMENT  10%

TASK A:  Healthy sleep habits  1-3%

TASK B:  Importance of therapy  1-3%

TASK C:  Physiology of OSA  2-4%

TASK D:  Mechanics of PAP therapy  2-4%

TASK E:  Desensitization techniques  1-3%

TASK F:  Compliance  1-3%

 

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