From the VASM regarding new credential

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From the VASM regarding new credential

Postby respbarb » Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:36 pm

AASM President response to VASM regarding new credentialing pathway for PsgTs



Dr. Patrick Strollo, President of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine called Dr. Richard Parisi, VASM President to address questions we had raised about the new certifying exam that will be offered by the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM). Dr. Strollo explained that the decision to offer this new credentialing pathway followed many attempts to work with the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) to improve their exam and increase the pass rate. Encouragement to pursue this action came from the AAST, as well as community colleges that were concerned about offering courses in polysomnographic technology if they did not have confidence that graduates would be prepared to pass the BRPT exam. Dr. Strollo offered assurance that the new ABSM certification would not invalidate or replace the RPsgT credential, and that he did not foresee AASM Center accreditation requiring exclusively ABSM-certified techs in the future. AASM remains supportive of the ongoing process in Virginia to develop licensure regulations for PsgTs through the Board of Medicine, and Dr. Strollo is hopeful that the availability of the new ABMS certification will help this process be successful.


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Postby Mairi2 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:07 pm

That's interesting. The course in Minneapolis here has 100% BRPT pass rate after graduation.
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Postby tcr104 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:15 pm

Interesting, but vague. If someone in a community college were concerned about this, why not just encourage students to take the CPSGT? There are less than 30 CAAHEP community college sleep programs nationally, and I am sure they didnt speak with all of them - otherwise, why not just say that "The CoAPSG is concerned about pass rates" or something-rather than individual schools. It is annecdotal to say "community colleges" are concerned, and also totally negates the CPSGT. The only places where this would hold water would be places where licensure laws recognize the RPSGT, and not the CPSGT, such as Maryland...but of course in those states, this new credential is not yet acknowledged by licensure either.

Also, interesting to hear him say that AAST does in fact have an opinion. I am frustrated with hearing AAST position statements that have nothing to do with the position of AAST members.

That being said, AASM is the entity that told AAST what their opinion was in the first place.
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Postby tcr104 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:22 pm

Mairi2 wrote:That's interesting. The course in Minneapolis here has 100% BRPT pass rate after graduation.


According to the BRPT website, pathway #3 candidates(CAAHEP & CoARC) have a pass rate of 63%. ASTEP is 58%.

That being said, given that the 63% CAAHEP includes CoARC add-on programs in PSG as well, which could likely be bringing that # down.

CPSGT pass rate was 88%.
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Postby respbarb » Thu Feb 24, 2011 7:14 pm

I am extremely disappointed with the AAST. Your mission is to represent the interests of your members who are sleep techs; not the interests of the sleep labs and the doctors who run them.

My post after coping the message from the VASM on the AAST website.
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