The current pathways for the Certification in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) require either 1,000 hours of experience and a bachelor’s degree or an approved healthcare credential (including RPSGT) or license and an associate’s degree.
But a new pathway has just been announced to give Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSGT) another option to earn the CCSH. This new pathway, when opened, allows an experienced RPSGT with at least one recertification to complete targeted education (currently only an AAST program and postprogram exam) to be eligible to sit for the credentialing exam.
The new CCSH education program that will first be available on Friday, Sept 6, during the upcoming AAST 2019 Annual Meeting in St. Louis.
Upon completion of this full-day workshop and receiving a passing score on the online post-test, RPSGT credential holders who have recertified at least once will be eligible for the CCSH credential, under a newly created pathway. Candidates must provide proof they passed the post-test with a greater than 70% score to receive a certificate of eligibility to apply. The online exam will be made available 60 days after the workshop, on November 5, 2019 and will be open for 60 days to workshop attendees.
The AAST anticipates the new BRPT pathway will be available shortly after the new education program is available online, taking into account the post-test window and allowing candidates who have completed the program an opportunity to take and pass the post-test and receive their certificate.
This all-day workshop is designed for health professionals who work directly with sleep medicine patients, families and other healthcare practitioners to coordinate and manage patient care and improve outcomes.
Topics covered will include:
- Normal sleep and circadian rhythms
- Evaluations of sleep disorders
- Incidence and prevalence of sleep disorders
- Clinical presentation of sleep disorders
- Clinical evaluations
- Patient follow up and management
The workshop also includes a supplemental workbook and additional online questions for all attendees.
The workshop costs $80 member/$125 nonmember to add on to the annual meeting or $245 member/$295 nonmember as a standalone workshop.