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Opportunities in Sleep Medicine
Sleep Medicine is a rapidly growing field with work opportunities at all levels. In addition to secretaries, billers and administrative staff there are several professional opportunities.  Physicians can practice sleep medicine after a one year training fellowship in sleep medicine. Board certification in clinical sleep medicine is available.
Board Certifications in Sleep Medicine

The American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) was established to encourage the study, improve the practice, elevate the standards of Sleep Medicine, and issue certificates of special knowledge in Sleep Medicine to Physicians and PhDs in related fields. Certification was obtained by passing a boards examination in sleep medicine. The American Board of Sleep Medicine maintains records of the Diplomates of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, as it is a lifetime certification.

See The American Board of Sleep Medicine


In 2007, several of the member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Pediatrics, American Board of Otolaryngology, and American Board of Family Medicine) began administering an examination in sleep medicine.

See Board Certification in Sleep Medicine. 

Become a Sleep Technologist:

Sleep Technology, also called Polysomnographic Technology, is a separate and distinct, multidisciplinary, allied health-care occupation embracing a unique body of knowledge and methodological skills. Overnight polysomnography is a standard tool in Sleep Medicine for evaluating sleep-related pathophysiology, sleep architecture, and sleep integrity. Specifically, it is a complex evaluation used as a quantitative measurement of multiple physiological parameters during sleep, combined with expert observational reporting. Sleep technologists, technicians and trainees are the technical group specially trained to perform polysomnography and other technical evaluations used for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep/arousal disorders. They are health-care professionals who work as part of a team under the general supervision of a licensed physician to assist in the education, evaluation, treatment and follow up of sleep disorders patients of all ages. They follow accepted standards of care, including American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) Practice Parameters, which are the foundation for clinical/technical decision-making and for provision of patient-sensitive care. This profession employs a unique set of diagnostic tools used in the interest of establishing diagnoses and developing future therapeutic interventions, which require expertise in the specialty of Sleep Medicine.

There are three levels of Sleep Technologist, the first position, Sleep Trainee is an entry-level position. The second position,Sleep Technician indicates successful completion and mastery of certain tasks. The third,Sleep Technologist indicates the individual has mastered tasks and successfully passed the certification process through the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.  

See American Association of Sleep Technologists


Board Registration in Polysomnographic Technology

The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) is an independent, non-profit certification board that seeks to cultivate the highest professional and ethical standards for polysomnographic technologists by providing an internationally recognized credential. The BRPT’s credentialing program has grown from eight technologists certified by the first RPSGT™ administration in 1979 to more than 13,000 Registered Polysomnographic Technologists today. These credentialed technologists have made a commitment to professionalism, competence and ethics by meeting the BRPT standards for certification. Registered Polysomnographic Technologists have the necessary clinical experience, hold BCLS certification or its equivalent and are governed by the BRPT Standards of Conduct, a code providing guidelines for ethical and professional behavior. Credentialed technologists have demonstrated core knowledge, skills, abilities and attributes by passing the RPSGT™ Exam.

See Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT)
Board Certifications in Behavioral Sleep Medicine

The domain of behavioral sleep medicine comprises the behavioral dimension of normal and abnormal sleep mechanisms and prevention, assessment, and treatment of sleep disorders and associated behavioral and emotional problems through the application of established principles of behavior change.

See Behavioral Sleep Medicine Exam

Specialists in Dental Sleep Medicine
Dentists can be involved in research and the clinical use of oral appliances and upper airway surgery for the treatment of sleep-related breathing disorders (SBD). Oral appliances have a role in the treatment of SBD. Denatl sleep specialist form relationships with the medical community, especially in sleep centers, and other professional groups who play an integral part of the SBD treatment and research team.
See The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)