Polysomnographic Technologist Licensure

Qualifications for Licensure for Polysomnographic Technologists beginning October 1, 2013

To qualify for licensure, applicants must:  

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be of good moral character.
  • Have passed the national certifying examination given by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists or another examination approved by the Board.
  • Submit proof of certification by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists as a registered polysomnographic technologist.
  • Certification by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists as a registered polysomnographic technologist or other* national certification approved by the Board; and
  • Graduation from a polysomnographic educational program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP); or
  • Graduation from a sleep technologist educational program that is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine; and completion of a clinical component of an educational program as established by the Committee and approved by the Board**; or
  • Graduation from a CAAHEP-accredited respiratory care educational program; and completion of a CAAHEP-accredited polysomnography add-on track; or
  • Graduation from a CAAHEP-accredited electroneuro–diagnostic educational program; and completion of a CAAHEP-accredited polysomnography add-on track.

*Other national certifications must be equivalent to the registered polysomnographic technologist certification.   

**The clinical component has not been established.  The Polysomnography Professional Standards Committee is diligently working on establishing criteria for the clinical component.

Waiver of Education through September 30, 2013*

To qualify for the waiver, applicants must:
           

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be of good moral character
  • Submit proof of passing the national certifying examination given by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.
  • Be certified by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

Deadline

By October 1, 2013, anyone practicing polysomnographic technology must be licensed by the Board.  If the individual is not licensed, the individual may be fined up to $5,000 for practicing without a license.  

Extension of the deadline for licensure

If an individual has not met the requirements under the waiver of education* on or before September 30, 2013, the individual may petition the Board for an extension.  The Board will determine whether to grant an extension on a case-by-case basis.

Exceptions from Licensure for Respiratory Care Practitioners

Respiratory care practitioners are not required to have a license to practice polysomnography in Maryland if:

  • They were licensed by the Board on or before December 31, 2012, and;
  • Their duties included practicing polysomnography.

updated 9/20/2013