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By: Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT on August 24th, 2016

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4 Great Ways To Prepare For The RPSGT or RST Exam

Sleep Disorders


Think you have what it takes to prepare for the RPSGT exam?

Whether you're a new sleep technologist starting out or a sleep technologist who has been practicing for years, the reality is that taking or re-taking the RPSGT or RST credentialing exam may be in your near future. 

That being said, you may be thinking 'Where do I even begin?' The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities that the AAST offers that can help you perform your best on the RPSGT or RST exam. 

The BRPT also offers study tips for the RPSGT exam, and the content outline for the RST exam along with a suggested reading list are also available for RST exam candidates.  In addition the AAST offers many opportunities for those preparing for a credentialing exam.  We list some of them below:

1. Attend the Technologist Fundamentals Course


Why is attending this course an amazing opportunity for those preparing for the RPSGT exam?

During this two-day course, an expert faculty will present a comprehensive review of the basics of polysomnography, including sleep stages and sleep related events, recording procedures and instrumentation, appropriate therapeutic interventions and strategies for exam success.

Also make sure to check out our amazing roster of supporting exhibitors here.

2. Study up with the AAST flashcards!


Did you know that the AAST has both Registry Exam Flashcards and Normal and Abnormal Flashcards? The AAST not only has wonderful resources to help you get through the registry exam, but also has plenty of resources available to help you  become an expert on any sleep-related topic.

What's even better is that you can also earn CECs in our online learning center!

3. Read the Technologist's Guide To Performing Sleep Studies 


The Technologist's Guide to Performing Sleep Studies provides step-by-step instructions for collecting sleep study data from patients. It includes suggestions for putting the patient at ease; reviewing the patient’s symptoms and medications; attaching the sensors; preparing to record; biological calibrations; artifact detection and correction; and documentation. It is an excellent introduction to sleep technology and can be used as a review text for those with sleep center experience.
The textbook  contents include a wide variety of topics:
  1. Review the Patient Chart
  2. Welcome the Patient to the Sleep Center
  3. Prepare the Patient for Electrode Application and Apply Electrodes
  4. Test the Electrode Application
  5. During the Recording: Provide Documentation and Maintain the Recording Quality
  6. Sleep Center Emergencies and Interventions
  7. Ending the Sleep Study
  8. A Final Word
  9. Glossary
  10. Additional Resources
  11. Study Question Answers 

4. Check out the study advice offered below  by those the BRPT interviewed


The BRPT has a study guide page that can also be helpful for those who are preparing for the RPSGT exam. Here is what sleep technologists who have successfully earned the credential had to say:

"Before I began studying for the exam, I took a practice exam (available on the BRPT web site). This told me what areas I really needed to focus my studying on. Then periodically, I would retake the test to see if I needed to re-focus my studies again." 

-Laurie Stewart-Hanson, RPSGT | Fargo, ND

"The study tip I have found most helpful is to put together a notebook using the exam outline. I allot a page or two for each item in the outline. While reading the recommended study references, I make notes under each topic. Once I have gone through all the recommended reference materials, I have my notebook complete and can easily carry it around to study…this is impossible when you have 12 reference books which often duplicate the same material. Studying from a single notebook like this has gotten me through both EEG, EP and PSG registry exams."

-Kathy Johnson, R.EEG/EP T., RPSGT | Huntington, WV

"I created flash cards for myself from information in review programs, the Atlas of Sleep, R & K and some of my respiratory therapy books. I studied daily for a minimum of 30-min to 1 hour for 4 months. I also created audiotapes that I could listen to."

-Tammy P. Muth, RRT, RPSGT | Athens, Georgia

"Most important study tip: Study, Study, Study! Knowing some of the basics like: Ohm’s Law, what capacitors do, what is the fall and rise time constants, what impedance is, different forms of electricity, how to compute the voltage of any EEG waveform, etc... Take a slow deep breath, take one topic at a time and learn it. If you don’t understand it ask for help (even if it means calling a colleague at another lab)."

-Ginny Rueber, RPSGT, BS | Rochester, MN
"Many sleep techs feel that since they are technically skilled they should have no problem passing the exam. The exam, however, draws heavily on knowledge of basic scoring skills and rules. I have always believed that when you are studying sleep medicine you should start with the seminal papers written by the authors who developed the concepts. Many of these articles are on in the BRPT reference reading list. They will serve you well both on the exam and in your career as a sleep tech."

-George Juszynski, RPSGT | Norwalk, CT
"The best thing about being able to take the RPSGT exam is having to work a year before. Great idea. This should be a must for all healthcare exams. There were three from our center getting ready to take the exam. We quizzed each other, went to all the seminars, but best of all we all scored on the fly. We were at a 6 bed center, during the night we picked each others brains — what do you think about this, how do I do that? We all scored above 90 on the exam and one of us scored 99! Just read everything you can get your hands on. Do not go unprepared."

-Lisa Hodgin, RPSGT, CRT | Dennis, MS

Remember, there's an event coming up where you can earn 13 CECs for attending and learn or reinforce your knowledge of the fundamentals of sleep technology!

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About Kevin Asp, CRT, RPSGT

Because of the implementation of his best practices of Implementing Inbound Marketing in its Medical Practice, he turned the once stagnant online presence of Alaska Sleep Clinic to that of "The Most Trafficked Sleep Center Website in the World" in just 18 months time. He is the President and CEO of inboundMed and enjoys helping sleep centers across the globe grow their business through his unique vision and experience of over 27 years in sleep medicine.

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