Statutory Language Overview
Statutory Requirements for sleep technologists can vary greatly from state to state. Some states require licensure for sleep technologists, while other states do not address education or training for sleep technologists at all in their statutes. The following information outlines the statutory requirements in each state for sleep technologists. Basically, the practice for sleep technologists (polysomnography) falls into five categories.
1. States which have a Polysomnography Licensure Practice Act
California, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington D.C. are the only jurisdictions with a Polysomnography Practice Act, which provides sleep technologists a specific licensure/certification pathway.
2. States that contain exemption language for sleep technologists in their Respiratory Care Practice Act
Twenty-nine states contain general exemption language in their respective Respiratory Care Acts. General exemption language allows sleep technologists to work within their scope of practice while under the direction of a licensed physician. States that have exemption language include:
AL, AZ, AR, CO, GA, HI, IL, IN, IA, KS, ME, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NV, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TX, UT, VT, WA, WV, WY
3. States that specifically define sleep technologists - and their scope of practice in the Respiratory Care Practice Act.
Idaho, New Hampshire and North Dakota specifically define sleep technology and the sleep technology scope of practice in the state's respective Respiratory Care Acts.
4. States that do not address the practice of sleep technology at all in the Respiratory Care Practice Act.
Six states contain a Respiratory Practice Care Act that does not address the practice of sleep technology. These states include: CT, FL, KY, MT, RI, WI.
5. One state, Alaska does not have either a Polysomnography or Respiratory Care Practice Act.