CPSGT Eligibility

The CPSGT exam is geared toward individuals who are new to polysomnography and have limited clinical experience, or are not ready to take the RPSGT exam.

There are 3 eligibility pathways for the CPSGT exam

CPSGT Pathway 1:

Clinical Experience. For candidates with a minimum of three months of clinical experience in polysomnography, and who have completed a STAR-designated Self-Study education program.

CPSGT Pathway 2:

CAAHEP/CoARC Student. For students within 2 months of graduation from, or graduates of, a CAAHEP or CoARC-accredited polysomnography technology education program.

CPSGT Pathway 3:

Focused Training. For candidates who have completed STAR-designated Focused education, or a combination of Self-Study and Focused 2 education.

Specific CPSGT Eligibility Pathway Requirements

 

Important clarification regarding the A-STEP Self Study Program Requirements:

On January 1, 2018 the American Academy of Sleep Medicine updated the A-STEP program. 

Effective June 1, 2018 AASM A-STEP users that completed the series of 23 Self-Study Modules prior to 6/1/2018 are now required to complete three additional A-STEP modules.  Individuals whose original A-STEP modules have expired (36-months from date of registration) are required to complete the full series of 26 modules.  Log into your A-STEP account and follow instructions on your Dashboard to complete the required modules.

The new modules are:

  • Module 4:  Infection Control in the Sleep Center
  • Module 21:  Non-PAP Therapies for the Treatment of OSA
  • Module 22:  Administration and Titration of Oxygen

For additional information regarding the modules and how to access them, please go to the A-STEP website.

CPSGT Pathway 1: Clinical Experience

Candidates for Pathway 1 must:

Complete:

    1. Complete a STAR-designated Self-Study education program within a 3-year period prior to the exam (5 years for A-STEP).
    2. A minimum of 3 months clinical experience in polysomnography, with a cumulative total of 416 hours (0.8 FTE) or more of clinical time prior to the exam.  Hours must include direct patient scoring and/or recording.
    3. Complete clinical experience within a 3-year period prior to the exam.

 

STAR Code Program Type Program Name with Links to Site
SS001 Self-Study Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine Online Foundation of Sleep Technology
SS002 Self-Study AASM A-STEP Self-Study Modules
SS003 Self-Study American Sleep and Breathing Academy BRPT Exam Modules
SS004 Self-Study Sleep Multimedia Online Modules
SS005 Self-Study Sleep Health Management Resources, Inc. (discontinued)
SS006 Self-Study Sound Sleep Solutions, Inc.
SS007 Self-Study Sleep Tech Tutor
SS008 Self-Study First Sleep School

 

Submit:

  1. Provide proof of completion of the required STAR education.
  2. Documentation of secondary education. Proof can include high school or college unofficial transcript, official transcript or copy of diploma.
  3. Documentation of current live/skills BLS certification or equivalency.
  4. Verification of Experience must be verified by  candidate’s Immediate Supervisor, Human Resources or Medical Director.

CPSGT Pathway 2: CAAHEP/CoARC Graduate

Candidates for Pathway 2 must:

Complete:

  • Be 1 month or less away from graduating, or have already graduated 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.
  • The list of approved programs can be found here: CAAHEP/CoARC Accredited Program

Submit:

  • Proof of graduation from the CAAHEP or CoARC polysomnography program by way of an official transcript in a sealed school envelope, official letter from a college signed by the Program Director and Dean, or a copy of diploma from the education provider.
  • Documentation of current live/skills BLS certification or equivalency.
  • Program Director or Chair must verify your program completion by signing section on application (if applying through mail).

CPSGT Pathway 3: Focused Training

Candidates for Pathway 3 must:

Complete:

  • Both a STAR-designated Self-Study education program AND a STAR-designated Focused 2 program, OR a STAR-Designated Focused education program within a 3-year period prior to the exam (5 years for ASTEP).  Click here to see a list of all the STAR Programs.

Submit:

  • Proof of completion of the required STAR program(s).
  • Documentation of secondary education. Proof can include high school or college unofficial transcript, official transcript or copy of diploma.
  • Documentation of current live/skills BLS certification or equivalency.

Please Note: Active RPSGTs may not take the examination. RPSGTs who apply to take the examination violate the BRPT Standards of Conduct and are subject to professional disciplinary review. Once the RPSGT credential is awarded, the CPSGT becomes inactive and may no longer be used as a credential. An individual may not use both the CPSGT and RPSGT credentials simultaneously.

The BRPT’s Credentialing Manager’s Quick Guide to Answering Your Questions is an excellent resource for frequently asked questions.

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