AAST Weighs In on ABSM Sleep Tech Credential

The American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) chimed in on the announcement that a new sleep technologist examination is under development by the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABMS), stating that the association supports every method of certification for sleep technologists.

“The AAST supports all pathways to certification for sleep technologists, including the Registered Polysomnographic Technologists Examination offered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists and the Sleep Disorders Specialty Examination (CRT-SDS and RRT-SDS) offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care,” stated a message from Cindy Kistner, BS, RPSGT, REEGT, AAST president, to AAST members.

The message made a point of stating that the communication is not a formal position and that its stance would be made clear as more information becomes available. “The leadership of the American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) believes it is prudent to withhold a formal comment on the ABSM Sleep Technologist Certification Examination until there is a better understanding of the ABSM examination and specific details are made available,” Kistner’s message stated.

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