Polysomnographic Techs

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Frequently Asked Questions for Polysomnographic Technologists
Licensure Requirements
1a What are the requirements for licensure?
1b Is there an alternative educational pathway to licensure?
2 What are the fees?
3 How long is the licensure process?
Renewal/Reinstatement/Continuing Education
4 What are the requirements for renewal?
5 What are the requirements for reinstatement?
6 What are the continuing education requirements?
Verifications
7 Does the Board charge a fee for verifications?
Scope of Practice
8 What is the Scope of Practice?
Practice Questions
9 Do respiratory care practitioners (RCPs) or electroneurodiagnostic technologists (ENDs) need a license to practice polysomnography?
10 What happens if a PSGT is not licensed by October 1, 2013?
11 May a PSGT practice independently?
12 Does a PSGT in another state who scores sleep tests performed in Maryland need a Maryland license?
13 Does a PSGT who resides in another state but works in Maryland need a Maryland license to practice polysomnography?
14 What is considered low flow oxygen?

 

1a. Question: What are the requirements for licensure? (back to top)
 

Answer:

  1. Completion of an application supplied by the Board.
  2. Good moral character.
  3. At least 18 years old.
  4. Paying the application fee.
  5. Graduation from either of the following programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP):
    • A polysomnographic educational program;
    • A respiratory care educational programs with a polysomnography add-on track; or
    • An electroneuro diagnostic educational program with a polysomnography add-on track.
  6. Graduation from a sleep technologist educational program that is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and completion of a clinical component of educational program as established by the Polysomnography Professional Standards Committee and approved by the Board.
  7. Certification as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologists administered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) or other certification examination approved by the Board.
  8. Demonstration of oral and written competency in the English language.
1b. Question: Is there an alternative educational pathway to licensure? (back to top)
 

Answer: Yes. Applicants who did not graduate from an educational program accredited by CAAHEP may obtain a license if the applicant meet each of the following:

  1. Graduation from a sleep technologist educational program accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM);
  2. Clinical experience listed on the core clinical competency forms provided on the American Association of Sleep Technologist Core Competency website http://www.aastweb.org/CoreCompetencies.aspx
    • Polysomnography
    • Scoring Sleep Stages and Clinical Events in Polysomnographic Technology
    • Pap Titration in Sleep Technology
    • Supplemental Low Flow Oxygen and Titration
    • Monitoring Pulse Oximetry
    • Maintenance, Cleaning and Safety Precautions in Polysomnography Technology
  3. A letter of attestation for completion of clinical hours and competencies from a physician who is either board-eligible or board-certified in sleep medicine by the ABSM or the ABMS.
  4. Proof of meeting 546* hours of core clinical competencies within the three years preceding the submission of application. Core competencies must be assessed by a credentialed RPSGT, a sleep technologist with a national certification approved by the Board; or a physician who is either board-eligible or board-certified in sleep medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) or the American BMS. Applicants may demonstrate proof of completing the 546 hours of clinical experience in the three years preceding the submission of the application as either:
    1. A student supervised by a sleep technologist credentialed as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist or a sleep technologist with national certification approved by the Board at an American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited sleep laboratory or sleep laboratory accredited by The Joint Commission; or
    2. A sleep technologist with a current, active, unrestricted license in another state or is otherwise recognized and has practiced as a sleep technologist in another state who has:
      • Full-time practice experience as a sleep technologist in another state at an American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited sleep laboratory or sleep laboratory accredited by The Joint Commission for a minimum of 6 months in the 3 years preceding the application; and
      • Maintained an average of 10 continuing education units per year for the last 2 years.
Note: There are other requirements for licensure. Please review the polysomnographic technologist application for additional requirements.
   
2. Question: What are the fees? (back to top)
  Answer: Click here for fee schedule.
   
3. Question: How long is the licensure process? (back to top)
  Answer: On average, the licensure process generally takes approximately 2-4 weeks. However, the process may take longer depending on the individual applicant’s circumstance or if the individual does not provide the required documentation on a timely basis.
   
4. Question: What are the requirements for renewal? (back to top)
 

Answer:

  1. Submission of a completed online renewal application.
  2. Payment of the renewal fee. (Renewal applications are not considered complete without the fee and will not be processed.)
  3. Satisfactory evidence of compliance with the continuing education requirements.
  4. Verification from the Maryland Office of the Comptroller that the applicant has paid all undisputed taxes and unemployment insurance contributions payable to the Comptroller or the Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation or that the applicant has provided for payment in a manner satisfactory to the unit responsible for collection. (Maryland Health Occupations Code Annotated, § 1-213).
NOTE: Most licenses expire on May 30th of an odd year. However, there are some licenses that expire on September 30th of an odd year. By 2017, all licenses will expire on May 30th of an odd year. Individuals should receive a renewal notice at least 30 – 60 days prior to the expiration of the license. Notices are mailed or emailed to most current address on file with the Board. It is the responsibility of the individual to notify the Board of an address change. To update your address, go to the Board's website, click on Change My Address, and select the "Edit" option.
   
5. Question: What are the requirements for reinstatement? (back to top)
 

Answer:

  1. Submission of a completed reinstatement application to appropriate address.
  2. Payment of a reinstatement fee.
  3. Satisfactory evidence of compliance with the continuing education requirements.
  4. Verification from the Maryland Office of the Comptroller that the applicant has paid all undisputed taxes and unemployment insurance contributions payable to the Comptroller or the Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation or that the applicant has provided for payment in a manner satisfactory to the unit responsible for collection. (Maryland Health Occupations Code Annotated, § 1-213).
   
6. Question: What are the continuing education requirements? (back to top)
 

Answer: Twenty (20) hours of sleep-related continuing education earned within the 2 years immediately preceding the submission of an application for renewal or reinstatement. The Board will recognize the sleep-related continuing education approved by one of the following organizations:

  1. American Medical Association
  2. American Association of Sleep Technologists
  3. American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  4. American Society of Electroneurdiagnostic Technologists, Inc.
  5. American Association for Respiratory Care; or
  6. American Nursing Association

Technologists are required to obtain and retain continuing education documentation for the succeeding six years for possible inspection by the Board. The required documentation should contain the:

  1. Program title;
  2. Sponsor's name;
  3. Polysomnographic technologist's name;
  4. Number of continuing education hours earned;
  5. Verification of successful completion by signature, stamp, or other official proof; and
  6. Date of the continuing education activity.
The continuing education requirement does not apply to first renewal after initial licensure or reinstatement.
   
7. Question: Does the Board charge a fee for verifications? (back to top)
  Answer: Yes, the fee is $25.00.
   
8. Question: What is the Scope of Practice? (back to top)
  Answer: Click for more information about the Scope of Practice.
   
9. Question: Do respiratory care practitioners (RCPs) or electroneurodiagnostic technologists (ENDs) need a license to practice polysomnography? (back to top)
 

Answer: Yes

Note: An RCP who was licensed by the Board to practice respiratory care on or before December 31, 2012, and whose duties include practicing polysomnography, will not need a license to practice polysomnography in Maryland.

   
10. Question: What happens if a PSGT is not licensed by October 1, 2013?(back to top)
 

Answer:

A PSGT practicing as a polysomnographic technologist without a license after October 1, 2013, will be considered practicing without a license and may be fined up to $5,000 for practicing without a license by the Board of Physicians. If the technologist is subsequently licensed by the Board, this disciplinary action will remain on his/her record.

   
11. Question: May a PSGT practice independently?(back to top)
  Answer: PSGTs must practice under the supervision of a licensed Maryland physician.
   
12. Question: Does a PSGT in another state who scores sleep tests performed in Maryland need a Maryland license?(back to top)
  Answer: Yes
   
13. Question: Does a PSGT who resides in another state but works in Maryland need a Maryland license to practice polysomnography? (back to top)
  Answer: Yes. It does not matter where the PSGT resides. If the PSGT is practicing in Maryland, then the PSGT must have a Maryland license.
   
14.

Question: What is considered low flow oxygen?(back to top)

  Answer: According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Sleep Technologists, low flow oxygen is up to six liters of oxygen per minute.
   
Professional Contact Information
American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) www.aasmnet.org
American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) www.aastweb.org
American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) www.absm.org
Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) www.brpt.org
National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) www.nbrc.org
   
updated 3/18/2016