polysomnographic technologist


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polysomnographic technologist

a person who monitors sleep studies and records the relevant physiological variables. Also called sleep technologist.
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Polysomnographic technologists are a patient's primary contact throughout a study.
However, the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) estimates that there are more than 7,000 registered technologists internationally.
But applicants for this credential must lirst become polysomnographic technologists.
Polysomnographic technologist training requires classes in computer science; physical and life sciences, such as chemistry, anatomy, and physiology; and mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and statistics.
The BRPT is adhering to best practices for credentialing programs and working to ensure that the RPSGT certification continues to be recognized as the leading credential for polysomnographic technologists by the medical community, allied health professions, legislative bodies and other regulatory decision-makers, and the public.
Helen Sullivan is the Communications Director for the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.
To earn the RPSGT you must pass a computer-based examination and agree to abide by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct.
Recognizing the critical need for a credential specific to the field of polysomnographic technology, the Association of Polysomnographic Technologists (APT) formed a committee to develop an examination that would effectively assess a technologist's knowledge, abilities and skills, thereby lending credibility and legitimacy to the profession.
The end result was the new Comprehensive Registry Examination for Polysomnographic Technologists that was first administered in 1997.
In another new development, the BRPT will join with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the Association of Polysomnographic Technologists (APT) to further the field of polysomnographic technology through on-the-job training for RPSGTs and a campaign to further recognition of the field.
BRPT continues to work with the AASM and APT to secure the best possible future for polysomnographic technologists by assuring that the field is recognized as an important allied health profession and that the highest standards for the profession are maintained.
Considering the recent upsurge and involvement by Polysomnographic Technologists in determining methods for effectively educating sleep disorders, either through printed materials or verbal communique, this text is a valuable tool.