RPSGT Eligibility

» Read the RPSGT Exam Eligibility Changes – Effective March 1, 2013

There are 5 eligibility pathways for the RPSGT exam:

RPSGT Pathway 1:

Clinical Experience. For candidates with a minimum of 1,638 hours of experience in the field and who have also completed a STAR-designated Self-Study education program.

RPSGT Pathway 2:

Healthcare Credential. For candidates with a minimum of 546 hours of experience and who have another healthcare credential.

RPSGT Pathway 3:

CAAHEP/CoARC Student. For graduates of a CAAHEP or CoARC-accredited polysomnography education program.

RPSGT Pathway 4:

Focused Training. For candidates with a minimum of 819 hours of experience in the field and who have also completed STAR-designated Focused education, or a combination of Self-Study and Focused 2 education.

RPSGT Pathway 5:

International Option. For international candidates with a minimum of 546 hours of experience in the field.

Specific RPSGT 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.

RPSGT Pathway 1: Clinical Experience

Candidates for Pathway 1 must:

Complete:

  1. A STAR-designated Self-Study education program completed according to the guidelines listed within the RPSGT Candidate Handbook.
  2. A minimum of 1,638 hours of clinical experience that includes on-site polysomnography duties performed as direct patient recording and/or scoring.
  3. Clinical experience within a 3-year period prior to the exam.

STAR-Designated Self-Study Education Programs

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 (discontinued)
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. Proof of completion of secondary education. Proof can include high school or college unofficial transcript, official transcript or copy of the diploma.
  2. Proof of completion of the required STAR education.
  3. Documentation of current live/skills BLS/CPR certification or equivalency.
  4. Verification of Experience section on application must be completed.

RPSGT Pathway 2: Healthcare Credential

Candidates for Pathway 2 must:

Complete:

  1. A minimum of 546 hours of clinical experience that includes on-site polysomnography duties performed as direct patient recording and/or scoring.
  2. Clinical experience within a 3-year period prior to the exam.
  3. Must have current allied health credential listed on our List of Accepted Allied Health Credentials.

Submit:

  1. Proof of a current and accepted healthcare credential.
  2. Documentation of current live/skills BLS/CPR certification or equivalency.
  3. Verification of Experience section on application must be completed.

Please Note: The CPSGT Credential is not accepted as a healthcare credential for this pathway.

RPSGT Pathway 3: CAAHEP/CoARC Graduate

Candidates for Pathway 3 must:

Complete:

  1. 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.
  2. The list of approved programs can be found here: CAAHEP/CoARC Accredited Program

Submit:

  1. Proof of graduation from the CAAHEP or CoARC polysomnography program by way of an official transcript in a sealed envelope, an official letter from your Program Director, or a copy of your diploma.
  2. Documentation of current live/skills BLS/CPR certification or equivalency.
  3. Program Director or Chair must verify your program completion by signing section on application.

RPSGT Pathway 4: Focused Training

Candidates for Pathway 4 must:

Complete:

  1. A minimum of 819 hours of clinical experience that includes on-site polysomnography duties performed as direct patient recording and/or scoring.
  2. 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. Click here to see a list of all the STAR Programs.
  3. Clinical experience within a 3-year period prior to the exam.

Submit:

  1. Proof of completion of the required STAR program(s).
  2. Proof of completion of secondary education.Proof can include high school or college unofficial transcript, official transcript or copy of the diploma.
  3. Documentation of current live/skills BLS/CPR certification or equivalency.
  4. Verification of Experience section on application must be completed.

RPSGT Pathway 5: International Option*

Candidates for Pathway 5 must:

Complete:

  1. International tertiary/post secondary qualification in science/medical science or related discipline with a major component of human anatomy and physiology included in the curriculum.
  2. A minimum of 546 hours of clinical experience that includes on-site polysomnography duties performed as direct patient recording and/or scoring.
  3. Clinical experience within a 3-year period prior to the exam.

Submit:

  1. Proof of completion of tertiary/post secondary education from a country outside of the United States.
  2. Proof of residency outside of the United States.
  3. Documentation of current live/skills BLS/CPR certification or equivalency.
  4. Verification of Experience section on application must be completed.

* International candidates include candidates from Canada and any countries outside of the United States.

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

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