The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) offers the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) examination for credentialing purposes. BRPT is not related to any other organization. It is a non-profit certification board that is working to design the highest workplace standards for polysomnographic technologists. The RPSGT credential is recognized internationally.
The RPSGT exam is for technologists in the allied health profession of sleep medicine. Candidates must satisfy and provide documentation for all of the eligibility requirements prior to applying to take this exam. This is a criterion-referenced, computer-based test which includes 200 multiple-choice items. The final scaled score will be in the 200-500 range. The minimum score needed to pass is 350. Every question is worth the same amount in the raw score. The domains in this assessment include:
- Analysis of pre-testing data – 7.5%
- Study performance – 50%
- Scoring – 29%
- Patient support and education – 8%
- Site management – 5.5%
The RPSGT test includes abbreviated terms for which you will need to know the meaning, such as: cm H2O = centimeters of water pressure; CO2 = carbon dioxide; CPAP = continuous positive airway pressure; nCPAP = nasal continuous positive airway pressure; EGG = electroencephalogram; ECG = electrocardiogram; EDS = excessive daytime sleepiness; EMG = electromyogram; EOG = electro-oculogram; EPAP = expiratory positive airway pressure; FIO2 = fractional inspired oxygen; HFF = high frequency filter; Hz = hertz (cycles per second); IPAP = inspiratory positive airway pressure; LFF = low frequency filter; MSLT = multiple sleep latency test; mV = millivolt; mV/cm = millivolts per centimeter; MWT = maintenance of wakefulness test; uV = microvolt; uV/mm = microvolts per millimeter; O2 = oxygen; PAC = premature atrial contraction; PAP = positive airway pressure (CPAP or Bi-Level); PLMD = periodic limb movement disorder; PLMS = periodic limb movements in sleep; PSG = polysomnogram; PVC = premature ventricular contraction; REM = rapid eye movement; SOB = shortness of breath; SOREM = sleep onset REM; SOREMP= sleep onset REM period; SpO2 = oxyhemoglobin saturation; and TC = time constant.