RPSGT Exam Blueprint

A new form of the RPSGT exam went into effect May 1, 2018.  All exam candidates sitting for the RPSGT exam on or after May 1 should review the exam blueprint found below.

The RPSGT examination consists of 175 multiple choice items. Of these, 150 items count toward the candidates’ scores and 25 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: CLINICAL OVERVIEW, EDUCATION, PATIENT SUPPORT  »  17.3%

TASK A: Patient information and clinical assessment »  42-58%

  1. Clinician’s orders and testing indications
  2. History and physical
  3. Sleep disorders (e.g., Circadian Rhythm Disorders, sleep disordered breathing, parasomnias)
  4. Medications (e.g., risks, implications, effects on sleep)
  5. Patient interview and orientation
  6. Establish clinical baseline (e.g., mobility, pain, vitals)
  7. Questionnaires (e.g., Epworth Sleepiness Scale, STOP-Bang, pre/post PSG)

TASK B: Patient and caregiver education »  23-38%

  1. Sleep hygiene
  2. Importance of therapy
  3. Sleep disorders

TASK C: Support and compliance »  15-23%

  1. PAP desensitization techniques
  2. PAP therapy (application and mechanics)
  3. Understand and respond to download report

DOMAIN 2: SLEEP STUDY PREPARATION AND PERFORMANCE »  29.3%

TASK A: Technical preparation »  25-34%

  1. Equipment and supplies
  2. Montages
  3. Appropriate anatomical locations
  4. Site preparation and application
  5. Impedance verification
  6. Technical specifications and instrumentation

TASK B: Calibrations »  7-11%

  1. Recording device
  2. Ancillary equipment
  3. Physiologic verification

TASK C: Procedures and practice guidelines »  27-36%

  1. Adult PSG
  2. Pediatric PSG
  3. Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
  4. Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT)
  5. Home Sleep Apnea Testing (HSAT)
  6. PAP-NAP

TASK D: Identify, respond, and document »  30-39%

  1. Waveform variations (e.g., abnormal EEG)
  2. Artifact
  3. Equipment malfunction
  4. Physiologic/clinical events
  5. Settings (e.g., filters, sensitivity, gain)

DOMAIN 3: SCORING, REPORTING, AND DATA VERIFICATION »  25.3%

TASK A: Adult PSG »  63-68%

  1. Sleep stages
  2. Arousals
  3. Respiratory events
  4. Desaturations
  5. Movements
  6. Cardiac events

TASK B: Pediatric and infant PSG »  16-21%

  1. Sleep stages
  2. Arousals
  3. Respiratory events
  4. Desaturations
  5. Movements
  6. Cardiac events

TASK C: Report generation »  13-18%

  1. Calculations (e.g., AHI, RDI, TST)
  2. Technologist observation and summary
  3. Histogram, hypnogram

DOMAIN 4: THERAPEUTIC TREATMENT AND INTERVENTION »  28%

TASK A: PAP therapy (e.g., CPAP, bilevel, ASV, NIPPV) »  83-93%

  1. Adult practice guidelines
  2. Pediatric practice guidelines
  3. Proper mode of intervention
  4. Acclimation and proper interface fit
  5. Troubleshooting (e.g., leak levels, pressure release, humidification)
  6. Indications and contraindications

TASK B: Oxygen therapy »  5-10%

  1. Oxygen titration practice guidelines
  2. Indications and contraindications

TASK C: Alternative therapies »  2-7%

  1. Oral appliances
  2. Positional therapy
  3. Surgical options

 

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