The 80-Hour Introductory Course is regularly offered at an A-STEP Introductory Course Provider.

  • The in-person course consists of 80 hours (generally held over two-weeks) of instruction and training on sleep disorders, sleep studies and patient care.
  • Each A-STEP 80-Hour Introductory Course Provider sets their course schedule and registration fees. Click here for a current listing of all providers.
  • The 80-Hour Introductory Course is not available online. Trainees may be required to travel if a provider is not available in their area.

Upon completion of the 80-Hour Introductory Course trainees will be required to take the 80-Hour Introductory Course Final Exam. The 80-Hour Introductory Course Final Exam is provided online by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

  • Trainees will receive an email with instructions on how to register their testing code and load the final exam into their A-STEP Account.
  • The exam consists of 106 multiple-choice questions and trainees have three hours to complete the exam.
  • There is a one-time exam fee of $50 and trainees have up to three attempts to pass the exam.
  • Trainees who do not pass the exam within the three attempts will be required to repeat the 80-Hour Introductory Course to receive a new testing code. Contact your A-STEP Introductory Course Provider to review their requirements for re-taking the 80-Hour Introductory Course.

It’s recommended that trainees take the final exam shortly after completing the 80-Hour Introductory Course.

Eligibility Requirements

Completion of the 80-Hour Introductory Course and 80-Hour Introductory Final Exam IS REQUIRED:

  • American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM):
    • Pathway B - A-STEP Introductory Program and Modules with On-the-Job Training.
  • Board of Registered Polysomnographic Sleep Technologist (BRPT):
    • Pathway 4 - Focused Training

For all other eligible pathways the Introductory Course IS NOT REQUIRED.

For questions about the registry exams or to review the pathway eligibility requirements contact the ABSM or the BRPT.