4 Perspectives on Sleep Tech Education
Sleep technologists have an important and wide-ranging job. They care for patients with sleep disorders, which can encompass comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders, including in-center polysomnographic testing and out-of-center sleep testing; diagnostic and therapeutic interventions; comprehensive patient care; and direct patient education.
Because sleep-care services vary widely, sleep technologists need the proper advanced education to be able to think critically and independently. AAST has stated that those who perform sleep testing procedure and patient care services should have completed an accredited education program leading to a certificate or associate’s degree with an emphasis in sleep technology (or an associate’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university).
They should also have certification by a nationally recognized certification board and hold the Registered Sleep Technologist (RST), Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) or Sleep Disorders Specialist (SDS) credential. Finally, they need a license to practice sleep technology in any state that has requirements that you do so.
Of course, the field is constantly changing. New technologies emerge, programs transform and the sleep tech must rely on education to keep up. We wanted to check the pulse of the education landscape, so we caught up with a few people who have different perspectives on the topic.
In the rest of this article from the Q3 2018 issue of A2Zzz, we hear from a student, Steven Klinger; a program director, Melissa Henry, BS, RPSGT; a professor, Lisa Endee; and a course developer, Rochelle Zozula, Ph.D., DABSM.
This article is one of four designated CEC articles in this issue of A2Zzz. AAST members who read A2Zzz and claim their credits online by the deadline can earn 2.00 AAST Continuing Education Credits (CECs) per issue – for up to 8.00 AAST CECs per year. AAST CECs are accepted by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM).
To earn AAST CECs, carefully read the four designated CEC articles and claim your credits online. You must go online to claim your credits by the deadline of Nov. 30, 2018.
After the successful completion of this educational activity, your certificates will be available in the My CEC Portal acknowledging the credits earned.