Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists

BRPT Quick Takes
November 19, 2012

RPSGT Exam Eligibility Changes Effective March 1, 2013
In an effort to make the BRPT examination requirements for clinical experience more flexible for those working adjustable schedules, effective March 1, 2013 the BRPT is changing how candidates track the clinical experience requirement. Also, to meet clinical experience requirements in states where on-the-job training is not permitted, BRPT will no longer require paid clinical work experience. However, clinical experience remains a cornerstone of an applicant's training, through Pathways 1, 2 and 4 for the RPSGT exam. In addition, in the coming months the BRPT will announce an additional pathway Pathway 5 geared toward international candidates. Details on Pathway 5 will be announced soon.

"It's important to understand that the minimum experience requirements have not really changed," said BRPT President Cindy Altman, RPSGT, R.EEG/EP T. "For example, it will still take an individual working 21 hours per week 18 months to meet exam eligibility for Pathway 1. But, by requiring a total number of hours instead of an average number of hours per week, individuals who have been working less than 21 hours per week in sleep now have the ability to meet the clinical experience requirements, it will just take them longer. For instance, someone working one 12-hour shift per week would now be eligible to take the RPSGT exam after 30 months. By changing the clinical experience requirement to hours we also give individuals who work more than 21 hours per week the opportunity to meet exam requirements sooner."

Altman added, "We've heard from a number of individuals who work in more than one specialty area, such as sleep and EEG or sleep and respiratory care, who do not meet RPSGT exam eligibility requirements unless they work more than half of their time in sleep, which is not always possible. This change will benefit those individuals and others in similar situations."

Below is a snapshot of the different RPSGT examination pathways.


RPSGT Pathway 1: Clinical Experience

Candidates for Pathway 1 must:

  • Have a minimum of 1,638 hours of clinical experience that includes on-site
    polysomnography duties performed as direct patient recording and/or scoring.
  • Complete clinical experience within a 3-year period prior to the exam.
  • Complete a STAR-designated Self-Study education program within a 3-year
    period prior to the exam.
  • Provide proof of completion of the required STAR education.
  • Submit documentation of secondary education and current BLS certification.


RPSGT Pathway 2: Healthcare Credential

Candidates for Pathway 2 must:

  • Have a minimum of 546 hours of clinical experience that includes on-site
    polysomnography duties performed as direct patient recording and/or scoring.
  • Complete clinical experience within a 3-year period prior to the exam.
  • Submit proof of a current and accepted healthcare credential and current
    BLS certification.


RPSGT Pathway 3: CAAHEP/CoARC Graduate

Candidates for Pathway 3 must:

  • Graduate from an education program in polysomnography accredited by the
    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
    or the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). CAAHEP and
    CoARC-accredited programs include stand-alone programs for polysomnography,
    and add-on programs attached to an electroneurodiagnostic or respiratory
    care program.
  • Complete education program within a 3-year period prior to the exam.
  • Submit proof of graduation from the CAAHEP or CoARC program and current
    BLS certification.


RPSGT Pathway 4: Focused Training

Candidates for Pathway 4 must:

  • Have a minimum of 819 hours of clinical experience that includes on-site
    polysomnography duties performed as direct patient recording and/or scoring.
  • Complete clinical experience within a 3-year period prior to the exam.
  • Complete a STAR-designated Focused education program, OR both a
    STAR-designated Self-Study education program AND a STAR-designated
    Focused 2 program, within a 3-year period prior to the exam.
  • Provide proof of completion of the required STAR program(s).
  • Submit documentation of secondary education and current BLS certification.