WHAT IS A-STEP
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) developed the Accredited Sleep Technologist Education Program (A-STEP) to standardize training for those interested in the field of sleep medicine. A-STEP equips sleep technologist trainees with a strong foundation to move forward and excel as a sleep technologist.
The program consists of 2 parts, the 80-hour Introductory Course and Online Self-Study Modules. The Northern California School of Sleep Medicine is an accredited provider of the 80-hour Introductory Course. Students who complete the 80-hour Introductory course and pass the 80-hour Introductory Course Final Exam have access to the Online Self-Study Modules at a discounted rate.
WHAT DOES A SLEEP TECH DO?
Sleep technologists typically work overnight at the beginning of their career. They assist in the clinical assessment, physiological monitoring and testing, diagnosis, management, and prevention of sleep related disorders with the use of various diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, providing care to patients of all ages. These tools include, but are not limited to polysomnographs, positive airway pressure devices, Home Sleep Testing devices, oximeters, nocturnal oxygen and screening devices. Sleep Technologists are essential in improving the quality of life for their patients through better sleep health.
FUTURE CAREER PATHS
INTERNSHIP: The sleep technician trainee intern will work 1:1 with a mentor performing polysomnography procedures in the sleep lab setting.
- Certified Polysomnographic Technician (CPSGT) brpt.org/cpsgt/
- Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) brpt.org/rpsgt/
- Registered Sleep Technologist (RST) absm.org/rst-certification/
- Certification in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) brpt.org/ccsh/
NCSSM IS BPPE APPROVED
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