RPSGTs applying for new RST certificate climbs to 1,250

American Board of Sleep Medicine
September 27, 2011

To date, 1,250 Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSGTs) have applied for equivalency status to obtain certification from the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) as a Registered Sleep Technologist (RST). 

All practicing sleep technologists who have passed the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) examination prior to Dec. 31, 2011, and are RPSGTs in good standing, are eligible to apply to the ABSM for RST equivalency status. This process gives RPSGTs an opportunity to obtain the new RST certificate without taking the ABSM Sleep Technologist Registry Examination, which will be offered for the first time Nov. 11, 2011. 

“Sleep technologists play an important role in the evaluation and follow-up care of patients with sleep disorders,” said ABSM President Nathaniel F. Watson, MD.  “The encouraging response from RPSGTs affirms the value of the ABSM’s new registry exam and RST credential, which will promote professional excellence and dedication to the highest standards of patient care.” 

The deadline for RPSGTs to submit an equivalency application to the ABSM is March 31, 2012, and the application fee is $25.  A roster of individuals who have obtained the RST certificate is available on the ABSM website at http://www.absm.org/rstlist.aspx

The ABSM Sleep Technologist Registry Examination was developed by a Sleep Technologist Examination Committee composed of senior members of the sleep technology profession and the sleep medicine field. The examination reflects the day-to-day responsibilities of the sleep technologist in a clinical setting and is based on the education and training pathways available for the sleep technology profession.  Complete details about the ABSM Sleep Technologist Registry Examination and the RST credential are available on the ABSM website at http://www.absm.org/techcertification.aspx

The American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) is an independent, nonprofit organization whose certificates are recognized throughout the world as a credential signifying a high level of competence for sleep medicine physicians, PhDs, behavioral sleep medicine specialists and sleep technologists.