Sleep technicians work in polysomnographic technology, a health field aimed at diagnosing and treating sleep disorders in patients. The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists is responsible for certifying sleep technicians in South Carolina. Sleep technicians are formally called registered polysomnographic technologists. To become one, you must have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as complete prerequisite courses related to the certification.
Get a transcript of your high school education or locate your diploma or GED. This is used to qualify you to take the sleep technician examination.
Subscribe to an online A-STEP program recognized by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, such as those provided by the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and SleepMultiMedia. These programs allow you to study and evaluate your understanding of sleep technician concepts over the Internet. As of September 2011, there are no programs accredited by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists physically located in the state of South Carolina.
Locate a basic cardiac life support program in your area. Enroll in a program that includes hands-on practical training and evaluation. Complete the course and pass the certification exam to receive a basic cardiac life support card. Submit this card with your application to the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.
Complete and submit the registered polysomnographic technologist application online or fill out the paper version. Fill out all pages of the application and include a copy of your diploma, proof of A-STEP course completion, your basic cardiac life support card and the $450 application fee, as of 2011. Send paper applications to the address on the form.
Take the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist, or RPSGT, exam at the date scheduled by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists. Read the "Exam Blueprint" and the "Candidiate Handbook" prior to taking the exam so you understand the process and format. These guides are available on the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists website on the "Instructions for New Candidates" page.
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