The live 80-hour Introductory Course is regularly offered by A-STEP accredited providers. This course consists of a live in-person 80 hours of instruction and training on sleep, sleep disorders, sleep studies and patient care. The program concludes with a three-hour online exam.
There are two pathways to become a sleep technologists. We encourage all potential trainees to review the BRPT eligibility requirements here and the ABSM requirements here. Below is a quick overview of A-STEP's role in the training process.
1. Candidates in Pathway B of the ABSM's Sleep Technologist Registry certification must complete the AASM A-STEP live 80-hour Introductory Course and each of the 23 A-STEP Self-Study Modules as part of the eligibilty requirements to take the registry examination. Contact the AASM or BRPT to see the current requirements.
2. In addition, RPSGT certification candidates in Pathway #4 are required by the BRPT to complete the AASM A-STEP live 80-hour Introductory Course and an online educational program, such as A-STEP, in order to be eligible to sit for the exam. Please contact the BRPT for more information.
How to become a Sleep Technologist:
1. Find an A-STEP Provider
To receive information on registration, pricing and schedule, for the course, contact the provider nearest to you. Find a local provider of the A-STEP live 80-hour Introductory Course using the Directory of A-STEP Providers.
2. Complete Live 80-Hour Introductory Course
Once you have found a A-STEP provider, all clinical work will be arranged by the provider. Review a Sample Syllabus of what will be included in taking the live 80-hour Introductory Course.
3. Take final exam
The 80-hour introductory course final exam will be provided by the AASM National Office once you have completed the course at provider. You will receive an email from the AASM containing instructions on how to register for the A-STEP final online exam.
The cost of the final is a non-refundable $50.00 registration fee by credit or debit card. The registration fee will include three attempts of the exam. Reimbursement for the exam registration fee is determined by your A-STEP provider.
The exam is three hours long and consists of 106 multiple-choice questions. The A-STEP provider determines whether it is an open-book exam. In order to pass, you must earn a score of 70 percent or higher. If you fail the exam three attempts, you must repeat the A-STEP Introductory Course.
4. Access Online Self-Study Modules
Once you pass the 80-hour introductory course final exam, you will become a sleep technology trainee and can proceed to take the 23 A-STEP Online Self-Study Modules at a discounted rate.