Continuing education credits are not only a good idea for your sleep staff; they are required to keep your facility’s accreditations in order. In fact, as of 2011, sleep technologists are required to have at least 50 hours of Continuing Education Credits (CEC) to renew their credentials. In addition all technical staff working in an American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited facility must participate in an average of 10 hours per year of AMA PRA Category 1 CME or CEC activities over a three-year period. But CE is not only required, it’s a great idea. Additional training improves your patient care, and allows you to offer additional value added services, which sets your facility apart from the competition.
In general some of the most popular CE topics of study for sleep techs include additional learning about: narcolepsy, obstructive sleep apnea, continuous positive airway pressure/bi-level titration, and insomnia. Some specific classes that can usually be found at local colleges and universities, or even online include:
You can find all of the necessary continuing education paperwork by visiting the websites of the accrediting organization. The two most popular groups to give recognized CE credits are the AAST, found at www.aastweb.org, and the American Association for Respiratory Care, which can be accessed at www.aarc.org.
Since sleep technicians often have to pay out of their own pockets for CE, there are some other low-cost, or no cost ways to receive credits: