American Board of Sleep Medicine: Setting the Standard for Sleep Medicine and Sleep Technology

Certification by the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) stands for the highest standard in clinical sleep medicine, behavioral sleep medicine and sleep technology. Physicians, residents, PhDs and technologists who have achieved ABSM certification have demonstrated to their peers and to the public that they have the skills and knowledge essential for the delivery of excellent patient care. The ABSM believes higher standards for sleep medicine, behavioral sleep medicine and sleep technology translate into better care for patients and greater accountability.

Certification examinations offered by the American Board of Sleep Medicine

Notice: The ABSM will cease to offer the Certified Behavioral Sleep Medicine Examination effective December 31, 2014.

RST Credit Tracking

The ABSM offers online Continuing Education Credit (CEC/CEU) management for all Registered Sleep Technologists. This free system eliminates the hassle of keeping track of proof of credit emails and paperwork prior throughout the five-year period prior to recertification. RST’s can login anytime to upload new credits or review CECs obtained. Members of the American Association of Sleep Technologists can synch their ABSM and AAST accounts to automatically track any credits earned through the AAST.

RST’s are required to complete 50 CECs within five years or they will be required to retake the RST examination. Information about how to submit your online credits for recertification will become available as the recertification period approaches.

SLEEP MEDICINE SPECIALTY CERTIFICATION DISCLAIMER

Certification by the American Board of Sleep Medicine does not in itself confer authority to practice medicine beyond the authority granted by a state that issues a license to practice medicine.

The American Board of Sleep Medicine throughout its history offered non-physicians, specifically PhDs, the opportunity to sit for its examination. Many PhD candidates over the years successfully passed the examination and received the designation “diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine." This designation must not be interpreted to mean that the American Board of Sleep Medicine designation supersedes any state or federal law with regard to medical license requirements for the treatment of patients. Those who have successfully passed the exam MUST be careful not to practice medicine outside of their legal limits.


BEHAVIORAL SLEEP MEDICINE CERTIFICATION DISCLAIMER

Certification by the American Board of Sleep Medicine does not in itself confer authority to practice beyond the authority granted by a state that issues a license to practice.

The CBSM designation must not be interpreted to mean that the American Board of Sleep Medicine designation supersedes any state or federal law with regard to medical license requirements for the treatment of patients. Those who have successfully passed the exam MUST be aware of any and all stipulations within their practice act and must not practice outside of their legal limits.