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Obstructive Sleep Apnea, OSA, is a chronic sleep disorder that negatively affects the entire human body if left untreated.

Sufferers experience shallow breathing, low oxygen, and frequent disruptions during sleep. There are many signs and symptoms that can lead a physician to suspect OSA but the only way to really be sure is to undergo a sleep study.

These sleep studies are called polysomnograms or home sleep apnea tests. If a patient goes to a sleep clinic overnight to have a PSG performed, they will be greeted by a Sleep Technician. This staff member is trained and certified to administer a PSG to a patient. They will monitor the patient LIVE, while the patient is asleep. Prior to sleep, the Technician will apply various sensors to the patient’s body and scalp. After the patient falls asleep the technician will be viewing a screen to observe abnormalities. If OSA is recognized the technician may add PAP therapy to the patient and continue to monitor.

The most recognized credential in the Sleep Medicine industry is the RPSGT (Registered Polysomnographic Technologist) credential administered by the BRPT (Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists). BRPT outline 5 different pathways to become eligible to sit for their board exam. If a student is entering the field without any past medical education, the quickest route that still includes standardized, formal education is Pathway Four.

Focus Sleep School is an A-STEP Introductory Course Provider. Students who complete this course can transition to employee right away and earn their credentials in less than six months. The course starts with online modules, followed by one week of in person lecture and hands-on instruction. There are four courses scheduled each year with more locations and courses to be opened soon.