McLean, VA – April 26, 2010 – Findings from the Board of Polysomnographic Technologists’ (BRPT) 30th Anniversary Survey of RPSGTs are available for download.
Highlights include the following:
- Satisfaction with the RPSGT credential remains high.
- Despite the slow economy, half of respondents feel that RPSGTs are in great demand due to a shortage of sleep techs.
- Respondents are very concerned with the perception that the field is not a distinct allied health profession.
- Half of respondents continue to believe there is a demand for an advanced credential.
“It’s very important for us to understand sleep technologists’ interests, perspectives on the future, and their areas of concern,” said Janice East, RPSGT, R. EEG T., President of the BRPT Board of Directors. “Their insights are invaluable as we continually work to strengthen the RPSGT credential and better serve our candidates.”
This study was conducted by the BRPT online as a 53-question survey with a mixture of closed and open-ended questions. Invitations to participate were extended to RPSGTs only. The survey was made available on August 25, 2009 and delivered to 8,074 RPSGTs via email (Note: It is possible that, in a limited number of instances, the survey was forwarded to a non-registered tech; however, the overwhelming majority of respondents self-identified as RPSGTs.). There were 967 responses, a solid 12% response rate, projectable to the universe of RPSGTs. Not all respondents answered all questions, although most questions had a 90% response rate.
The primary objectives of the study were:
- To learn more about day-to-day working lives of RPSGTs.
- To measure attitudes and perceptions about the RPSGT examination.
- Where possible, to detect any differences in responses in this survey compared to the previous study conducted in 2007.
- To measure interest in other areas.
BRPT is an independent, non-profit certification board that cultivates the highest professional and ethical standards for polysomnographic technologists. For more information, visit www.brpt.org.