80-Hour Introductory Course


About the Course


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The 80-Hour Introductory Course provides training and education on the history of sleep medicine, sleep disorders, sleep studies, and patient care. The course concludes with an online 80-Hour Introductory Course Final Exam provided by the AASM. This real-world course equips trainees with critical knowledge needed for a successful career as a sleep technician.


A-STEP has Sleep Technology Approved Resource, or STAR Status, with the American Board of Sleep Medicine (ABSM) and the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT). A-STEP has STAR status as FOCUSED (RST Pathway B, CPSGT Pathway 3 and RPSGT Pathway 4). To ensure this course is right for you, review the eligibility requirements with the ABSM and the BRPT.


Taking the Course


The course entails real world training; therefore, it is not available online. The course schedule and registration fees are determined by the A-STEP Introductory Course Provider. To find a provider near you, visit the Directory of Providers page.


Conclusion of the Course


The course concludes with an associated 80-Hour Introductory Course Final Exam. The final exam consists of 106 multiple choice questions based on the materials learned throughout the course. The online exam can be accessed either:


  • At the provider facility
  • On your own, remotely

There is a one-time cost of $50 for this online exam, which gives you three (3) attempts to obtain a passing score of 70% or higher. The provider will give further instruction on how students can take the final exam prior to completion of the course. Those who take the final exam outside of the provider facility will receive an email with an online exam testing code and instructions on how to register their online A-STEP account.


Advancing onto the Modules


After passing the 80-Hour Introductory Course Final Exam, take the next step in your education and complete the A-STEP Online Self-Study Modules.