How is the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology different from other training programs?
For our introductory courses, we offer small classes of no more than 20-30 participants. This ensures that you get the most out of the courses. We also offer a variety of teaching modalities including lectures, hands-on scoring, as well as patient viewing. The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine has provided training to more than 4000 physicians, and technologists and allied healthcare professionals since its inception in 1992.
Is there a discount for sending more than one participant from an organization or hospital?
Yes. We can provide a 25% discount to the third and subsequent persons sent from one organization during a calendar year for the A-STEP training course or Sleep Medicine & Polysomnography physician course. We encourage multiple attendees from the same practice, sleep lab or hospital to ensure consistency and uniformity in training.
Do you provide any type of subscription service in which a sleep center can enroll its physicians and technologists in a series of courses from introductory through board certification?
Yes, we can recommend a course of study, design a sequence of courses, or customize a program for any center that wishes to embark on a structured training program.
Does completion of the technologist training course allow one to sit for the registry exam?
No, satisfactory completion of the A-STEP program enables one to work as a polysomnographic trainee in a sleep laboratory. There are experience requirements established by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (http://www.brpt.org/) that must be met prior to taking the examination to certify as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT). Completion of an A-STEP training course at the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine is not a guarantee of employment in a sleep laboratory. Students are responsible for contacting their state medical boards to determine specific polysomnography licensing requirements, if applicable.
Do you offer any financing options?
As a small private training facility, not associated with a college or university, we are not eligible to receive standard federal educational loans. However, we do qualify to receive funding through Atlanta area Workforce Initiative programs, the North Carolina STARS program, the Veterans Administration Chapter 31 and MyCAA funding for spouses of active or reservist military personnel.
Where should new technologists look for employment opportunities?
Employment opportunities in sleep centers can be found by contacting local hospitals, private sleep labs, and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) companies. In addition to professional sleep publications and newspaper classified sections, new technologists should look at on-line postings on the AAST and the BRPT web sites. Regional and national sleep meetings are also excellent sources for job board listings.
What are salary expectations for a new sleep technologist?
There are many factors that should be considered in determining appropriate salary for sleep technologists. Regional variations, related experience, and differential payment for night-time shift work are considerations. The 2010 AAST Salary and Benefits Survey summarizes detailed wage and benefits information received from accredited sleep centers throughout the United States. This publication can be purchased from the American Association of Sleep Technologists. SLEEP REVIEW examines compensation issues for sleep technologists yearly.