The live 80-hour Introductory Course is regularly offered by A-STEP providers. This course consists of a live 80 hours of instruction and training on sleep, sleep disorders, sleep studies and patient care. The program concludes with a three-hour online exam.
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.
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.
High School diploma or GED
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 done at the providers center. Review a Sample Syllabus of what will be included in taking the live 80-hour Introductory Course.
3. Take final exam
The A-STEP course director will notify the AASM National Office that you have completed the course. You will receive an email from the AASM containing instructions on how to register for the A-STEP final online exam.
In order to take the A-STEP final exam you must pay a non-refundable $50.00 registration fee by credit or debit card when you access the online exam for the first time. The registration fee will include only one administration of the exam. Students who require additional attempts to pass the exam will have the opportunity to purchase a maximum of up to two more administrations of the exam for $50.00 per attempt. 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 times, you must repeat the A-STEP Introductory Course.
4. Access Online Self-Study Modules
Once you pass the 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.