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A polysomnographic technologist performs, monitors, and scores sleep studies. People with complaints of snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, restless legs, and other sleep-related problems have overnight testing performed in sleep labs. PSG technicians attach several recording devices to the patient. Technicians then record the data on a computer overnight while the patient sleeps. Sleep technicians often provide therapeutic intervention in cases of severe sleep apnea. They are also responsible for explaining CPAP and other treatments for patients with sleep apnea.
Bachelor's degree preferred; maintenance of annual CPR certification; able to function independently and make prompt but quality decisions; knowledge and basic understanding of the Apnea Diagnostics policies/procedures and associated equipment; able to manage time efficiently and effectively, capable of prioritizing duties, able to work on multiple tasks simultaneously.
There is no state or national licensure for Polsomnographic Technologists at this time. There is a national credentialing examination given by the Board for Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, the BRPT, which earns you the credential RPSGT.