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The field of sleep medicine is continuously growing and Mid-Atlantic School of Sleep Medicine (MASSM) welcomes you to join in. Before you make the leap into a career in sleep medicine, review the following:

ADMISSIONS

MASSM is open to an array of students interested in Sleep Medicine. The minimal requirement is a high school diploma or equivalent to apply for the Introductory A-1 STEP 10 day course.

Who should apply for the Introductory A-1 STEP 10 day course?

Who should apply for the Advanced courses such as Sleep Scoring Workshop and Technologists Registry Review?

Disclaimer: Individual states have unique regulations regarding who can perform polysomnography. The Mid-Atlantic School of Sleep Medicine (MASSM) encourages all applicants to inquire about such policies before applying to our program. To review your state’s guidelines click here.

TUITION

The cost of tuition varies with each course. Payment installments are accepted but full payment is required before the start date of the course. Financial Aid and/or scholarships are not available at this time. Both checks and credit cards are accepted.

TRAVEL

MASSM is conviently located in Mt. Laurel, NJ – Exit 4 off of the NJ Turnpike and Exit 36A off of Route 295. Click here for directions.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the field of sleep medicine?
The field of sleep medicine is dedicated to diagnosing and treating people who suffer from sleeping related disorders. It is a rapidly growing profession that is in great need of trained personnel.

What is a sleep study and who performs it?         
A sleep study is a test ordered by a doctor to gather information about a person’s sleep, or lack thereof. The test is usually performed at night in a hospital sleep lab by a trained technologist.

What does a sleep technologist do?          
A sleep technologist’s role in a sleep disorder center is vital. They place sensors on the patient’s body that allow them to monitor sleep, dreaming, breathing, heart rhythm, leg movements, oxygen levels, and more. To capture this information they use specialized monitoring equipment, computers, and software.

Why do people choose to work in the field of sleep medicine? 

What fields do people come from who work in sleep?
Prospective students come from various fields of endeavor i.e. physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, radiology technicians, EEG technicians, medical technicians, college graduates, high school graduates, computer technicians, and more. It is an evolving field open to almost anyone with a desire to learn and grow. A high school diploma or equivalent GED is required for acceptance in the course.

What program is taught at the Mid-Atlantic School of Sleep Medicine and Clinical Research?
The Mid-Atlantic School of Sleep Medicine (MASSM) and Clinical Research is an accredited educational provider of the A-STEP Introductory Course. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) developed the A-Step program to promote the standardization of sleep technologist education and training. This course gives students the foundational understanding and practical skills that are essential for a successful career in the profession of sleep technology.

Who enrolls in A-Step?
New entrants to the profession who need a basic understanding of sleep, sleep disorders and sleep technology. This includes all on-the-job trainees who are candidates for the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT ™) Exam.

How long is the course?
This program offers 80 hours of classroom and hands-on training as required by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Classes are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

What are the requirements to enroll in the program?
A high school diploma or equivalent is required. Students should also have excellent communication skills as well as basic math and basic computer competency.

Do I need a medical field background?
No, it is not necessary to have any health field experience.

Will I be registered when I complete the two weeks?
No, if you are a newcomer to the medical field and do not have previous medical experience, the requirements to become a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist are:

  1. A high school diploma or equivalent
  2. Completion of an 80-hour A-STEP Introductory Course (A-STEP- Part 1)
  3. You must pass the online A-STEP exam from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)
  4. Apply for a training license for the State of NJ
  5. Completion of 18 online Self-Study Modules (A-STEP - Part 2).These are open book self-paced tests
  6. After you work for 9 months as a sleep tech trainee, you must take the national registry exam administered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) and earn the credential of Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT ™)

What is the cost of the program?
The tuition for the 10 Day Course is $2,950. CPR certification in addition to all books and materials are included in the fee.

Is there Financial Aid?
MASSM does not directly provide financial aid. You can, however, apply for a personal loan for education at www.onemainfinancial.com

Will you help me find a job?
MASSM graduates may apply for open positions within Persante once they have completed the A-Step Course and obtained their sleep tech trainee license. While MASSM graduates are given preference for consideration, they must still interview and pass all background checks and clearances before employment is offered.

Are there jobs available?
Employment outlook for polysomnographic technicians is continually on the rise as more and more technology is coming out to help determine what causes sleep disorders. Some cities have statistically shown a higher demand for workers in the polysomnography field, as they have a higher number of residents with sleep disorders due to environment or living conditions.
Source: Polysomnographic Technician Job Description, Career as a Polysomnographic Technician, Salary, Employment

How much will I earn?
Salary of sleep technician depends on qualification, experience and the company in which he/she is employed.

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