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Polysomnographic Techs

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Frequently Asked Questions for Polysomnographic Technologists
Licensure Requirements
1 What are the requirements for licensure?
2 What are the requirements for the education waiver before 10/1/2013?
3 What are the fees?
4 How long is the licensure process?
Renewal/Reinstatement/Continuing Education
5 What are the requirements for renewal?
6 What are the requirements for reinstatement?
7 What are the continuing education requirements?
Verifications
8 Does the Board charge a fee for verifications?
Scope of Practice
9 What is the Scope of Practice?
Practice Questions
10 Do respiratory care practitioners (RCPs) or electroneurodiagnostic technologists (ENDs) need a license to practice polysomnography?
11 Is there an alternate licensure path for respiratory care practitioners?
12 Should a polysomnographic technologist (PSGT) get license now or wait until September 30, 2013?
13 What happens if a PSGT is not licensed by October 1, 2013?
14 May a PSGT practice independently?
15 Does a PSGT in another state who scores sleep tests performed in Maryland need a Maryland license?
16 Does a PSGT who resides in another state but works in Maryland need a Maryland license to practice polysomnography?
17 Should a PSGT who lives and works in another state, but wants to consult in Maryland get a license before October 1, 2013?
18 What is considered low flow oxygen?

 

1. Question: What are the requirements for licensure? (back to top)
 

Answer:

  1. Completion of an application supplied by the Board.
  2. Good moral character.
  3. At least 18 years old.
  4. Paying the application fee.
  5. Graduation from either of the following programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP):
    • A polysomnographic educational program;
    • A respiratory care educational programs with a polysomnography add-on track; or
    • An electroneuro diagnostic educational program with a polysomnography add-on track.
  6. Passing the certification examination for Registered Polysomnographic Technologists administered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) or other certification examination approved by the Board.
  7. Demonstration of oral and written competency in the English language.
   
2. Question: What are the requirements for the education waiver before 10/1/2013? (back to top)
 

Answer:

  1. Completion of an application supplied by the Board.
  2. Good moral character.
  3. At least 18 years old.
  4. Paying the application fee.
  5. Certification by the Board of Registered Ploysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist.
  6. Demonstration of oral and written competency in the English language.
   
3. Question: What are the fees? (back to top)
  Answer: Click here for fee schedule.
   
4. Question: How long is the licensure process? (back to top)
  Answer: On average, the licensure process generally takes approximately 2-4 weeks. However, the process may take longer depending on the individual applicant’s circumstance or if the individual does not provide the required documentation on a timely basis.
   
5. Question: What are the requirements for renewal? (back to top)
 

Answer:

  1. Submission of a completed renewal application with the appropriate renewal fee mailed to the address indicated on the top of the renewal application.
  2. Payment of the renewal fee.
  3. Satisfactory evidence of compliance with the continuing education requirements.
  4. Verification from the Maryland Office of the Comptroller that the applicant has paid all undisputed taxes and unemployment insurance contributions payable to the Comptroller or the Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation or that the applicant has provided for payment in a manner satisfactory to the unit responsible for collection. (Maryland Health Occupations Code Annotated, § 1-213).
All licenses expire on May 30th of an even year. Individuals should receive a renewal notice at least 30 – 60 days prior to the expiration of the license. Notices are mailed to most current address on file with the Board. It is the responsibility of the individual to notify the Board of an address change. You may download a copy of the Address Change application or change your address online Search Practitioner Profiles, and selecting the "Edit" option.
   
6. Question: What are the requirements for reinstatement? (back to top)
 

Answer:

  1. Submission of a completed reinstatement application with the appropriate reinstatement fee mailed to the address indicated on the top of the reinstatement application.
  2. Payment of a reinstatement fee.
  3. Satisfactory evidence of compliance with the continuing education requirements.
  4. Verification from the Maryland Office of the Comptroller that the applicant has paid all undisputed taxes and unemployment insurance contributions payable to the Comptroller or the Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation or that the applicant has provided for payment in a manner satisfactory to the unit responsible for collection. (Maryland Health Occupations Code Annotated, § 1-213).
   
7. Question: What are the continuing education requirements? (back to top)
 

Answer: Twenty (20) hours of sleep-related continuing education earned within the 2 years immediately preceding the submission of an application for renewal or reinstatement. The Board will recognize the sleep-related continuing education approved by one of the following organizations:

  1. American Medical Association
  2. American Association of Sleep Technologists
  3. American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  4. American Society of Electroneurdiagnostic Technologists, Inc.
  5. American Association for Respiratory Care; or
  6. American Nursing Association

Technologists are required to obtain and retain continuing education documentation for the succeeding six years for possible inspection by the Board. The required documentation should contain the:

  1. Program title;
  2. Sponsor's name;
  3. Polysomnographic technologist's name;
  4. Number of continuing education hours earned;
  5. Verification of successful completion by signature, stamp, or other official proof; and
  6. Date of the continuing education activity.
The continuing education requirement does not apply to first renewal after initial licensure or reinstatement.

 

 

   
8. Question: Does the Board charge a fee for verifications? (back to top)
  Answer: Yes, the fee is $25.00.
   
9. Question: What is the Scope of Practice? (back to top)
  Answer: Click for more information about the Scope of Practice.
   
10. Question: Do respiratory care practitioners (RCPs) or electroneurodiagnostic technologists (ENDs) need a license to practice polysomnography? (back to top)
 

Answer:

Before October 1, 2013, RCPs or ENDs do not need a license to practice polysomnography.

After October 1, 2013, RCPs and ENDs will need a polysomnography license to practice polysomnography.

   
11. Question: Is there an alternate licensure path for respiratory care practitioners? (back to top)
  Answer: Please see the answer to question #1.
   

12.

Question: Should a polysomnographic technologist (PSGT) get license now or wait until September 30, 2013? (back to top)
 

Answer:

We encourage anyone who meets the qualifications to submit an application as soon as possible. This will allow time to clear up any issues well before the date on which you are required to have a license. Also, the Board has limited staff; it may not be possible to license all applicants by October 1, 2013 if many individuals wait for the last minute to file.

   
13. Question: What happens if a PSGT is not licensed by October 1, 2013?(back to top)
 

Answer:

Any person performing as a polysomnographic technologist who does not have a license after October 1, 2013 would be practicing without a license and could be fined up to $5,000 for practicing without a license by the Board of Physicians. If the technologist is subsequently licensed by the Board, this disciplinary action will remain on his/her record.

   
14. Question: May a PSGT practice independently?(back to top)
  Answer: PSGTs must practice under the supervision of a licensed Maryland physician.
   
15. Question: Does a PSGT in another state who scores sleep tests performed in Maryland need a Maryland license?(back to top)
  Answer: Yes
   
16. Question: Does a PSGT who resides in another state but works in Maryland need a Maryland license to practice polysomnography? (back to top)
  Answer: Yes. It does not matter where the PSGT resides. If the PSGT is practicing in Maryland, then the PSGT must have a Maryland license.
   
17. Question: Should a PSGT who lives and works in another state, but wants to consult in Maryland get a license before October 1, 2013? (back to top)
  Answer: A PSGT does not need a license to consult before October 1, 2013.
   
18.

Question: What is considered low flow oxygen?(back to top)

  Answer: According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Sleep Technologists, low flow oxygen is up to six liters of oxygen per minute.
   
Professional Contact Information
American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) www.aasmnet.org
American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) www.aastweb.org
American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) www.absm.org
Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) www.brpt.org
National Board of Respiratory Care (NBRC) www.nbrc.org