New State License Law for Tennessee Sleep Technologists
Tennessee is preparing for the July 1, 2010 release date of the new law requiring sleep technologists in Tennessee to have a license to practice polysomnography. Below is a brief description from Kristi Lester, Manager of the Methodist Healthcare Sleep Disorders Center, detailing the steps Tennessee sleep techs need to take in order to ensure that they are compliant come July 1, 2010.
The Tennessee law requiring sleep techs to have a license to practice polysomnography goes into effect on July 1, 2010. There are several steps involved with the initial licensing process for sleep techs and they need to begin these steps now.
- First and foremost, they should all visit the website called Michie's Legal Resources to view Tennessee Code Title 63 - Professions of the Healing Arts - Chapter 31 - Polysomnography. This is the entire law for sleep techs in TN. Section 106 talks about licensing requirements.
- After familiarizing themselves with the law, all sleep techs should begin the criminal background check registration process by going to http://health.state.tn.us/CBC/index.htm . They will need to have a copy of the instructions in front of them while they are completing either the online registration or telephone registration as several key pieces of information are contained in the instructions. The OCA# for sleep techs is 3202. This is needed to complete the registration.
- After completing the criminal background check registration, all techs will have to apply for a license to practice polysomnography on the Tennessee Department of Health website. This application is not yet available on the website, but techs should keep checking the website on a daily basis for availability.
For sleep techs who need to take an Accredited A-STEP Course to become licensed, The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine offers multiple A-STEP Courses throughout the year.
So what about you? Does your state require that sleep technologist have a license?