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Does On-Demand Testing Come at a Price?

Published August 9, 2010 1:34 PM by Amy Reavis
The RPSGT and CPSGT exams have gone to on-demand testing. This is a great thing because for the past two tests it took more than three months to get the results. However, this change came with an increase in the test of $100. This price increase along with the cost of the A-STEP is making it financially stressful for many people to take the test.

In many states, there are still no requirements for credentials. There is also the fact that if you have respiratory credentials, you can sit for a specialized test, the SDS credential, for less money. With this competition, no real reason to sit for the test in some areas, and the low pass rate, I wonder if this was the best move by the BRPT.

In my lab, I have a technician who took the A-STEP online, has been working in the field for eight years, and has not passed the test in two attempts. He has very limited study materials because the test keeps changing. The blueprint is vague. And when we looked at why he failed, he did the worse on archiving and patient education.

I believe in the credentials. I sat down with test books and studied myself. I took the APT, now AAST, review course and passed the test with no problem. I'm not sure if being a respiratory therapist helped. I'm not sure what I need to do to help this technician pass the test. I'm not sure if it's better for him to take the CPSGT right now and see if the pass rate changes.

I do know that the credentialing process is important if we are to grow as a strong independent field. But raising the price may discourage some people, even if they can get the results immediately.

What do you think?


Your RRT is good for Medicare I believe in all districts but you would  have to check your local CMS rules.  That does not mean you should not pursue your sleep redentials.  Either the SDS or the RPSGT.  Just as with respiratory sleep is a specialty and your credentials are part of the professionalism of the field.

amy` reavis October 4, 2010 3:03 AM

I work in an independant sleep lab part time.  I am a recently retired RRT,  What I need to know, is my RRT license covered (Ok) by CMS to do the studies for Medicare, or should I pursue the CPSGT or SDS.  I do not want to take the RPSGT as I have never and will never do anything other than psg testing.  Any feed back would be greatly appreciated as this is all confusing as who is covered.  Please also send to

Debbie October 2, 2010 12:50 PM

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