Advance Your Career

AASM Sleep Team Education Program (ASTEP) is a dynamic online learning experience that provides sleep professionals educational courses to meet the demands of a growing and rewarding career in sleep. ASTEP is nationally recognized as an affordable and accessible education program designed for:

  • Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSGTs)
  • Health care professionals and educators who work directly with sleep medicine patients

The AASM developed ASTEP with expert educators in the sleep field to provide standardized practical education that includes:

  • Advanced Clinical Sleep Health for Technologists – consisting of 12 modules covering the blueprint for the CCSH exam. Developed in compliance with BRPT credentialing pathways, this program enables you to meet the eligibility requirements to apply for the CCSH credentialing exam.

  • Advanced Forms of PAP Therapy – consisting of 3 modules with advanced training for the whole sleep team. Learn how to properly care for patients with special considerations, including patients with physical and psychological disabilities as well as patients who are pregnant, among others.

Obtain a Certification in Clinical Sleep Health

The Certification in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) is an advanced-level credential for health care professionals and educators who work directly with sleep medicine patients. The CCSH credential enables providers to better manage patient care for improved outcomes, educate the community on the importance of sleep, and promote healthy sleep habits.   

*Not all participants in ASTEP will earn CCSH certification.

The AASM developed ASTEP Advanced Clinical Sleep Health for Technologists to equip Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (RPSGT’s) with the education needed (CCSHEligibility Pathway 3) to meet the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) eligibility requirements to apply to take the CCSH credentialing examinationThe program helps health care professionals to learn more about other roles available within sleep technologyReview the BRPT New Candidates webpage to identify the pathways and requirements to sit for the BRPT CCSH exam.

As a STAR Designated Program, the ASTEP Advanced Clinical Sleep Health for Technologists consists of a combination of case scenarios and evidence-based clinical practice examples that prepare learners to become eligible to take the CCSH certification exam.

Benefits of CCSH

If you’re considering sitting for the CCSH exam, you should first understand the benefits associated with the program. Continue reading to learn more about how this credential can help you advance your expertise in sleep medicine.   

Why do I need the CCSH certification? 

If you’re looking to differentiate yourself from your peers, do so by obtaining the CCSH certification! This advanced certification is only available to health care professionals who are in good standing and have qualified for the exam. To review the BRPT’s eligibility requirements, click here

What are the benefits of the CCSH certification? 

With the CCSH certification being relatively new (the first exam was offered in 2014), the AASM surveyed participants who completed the CCSH exam and asked what benefits have come from their new credential. Below you will find a summary of the benefits they expressed:   

Credibility

The certification has provided additional credibility for those credentialed with both staff and patient populations.

Increased Opportunities

Many of those with the CCSH certification stated they felt that it differentiated themselves from their peers.

Improved Patient Care

The education associated with CCSH prepares you to answer more questions and better serve patients.

One CCSH credential holder stated, “Since I have received my CCSH credential I have gone on to become a Clinical Coordinator (for a year) and now currently I am a Regional Manager of five sleep centers. I think the CCSH exam made me a more attractive candidate for both positions.”

Another credentialed technologist shared, “I feel like the CCSH has given me some more credit within my own organization. The physicians that I work with feel as though it gives more validation to the information that I am providing for the patients and their families.”