Does a Sleep Tech/Polysomnographic Technologist have a license number?
No. Sleep techs are registered, not licensed, by the Board and as such have no license number. The number assigned to a polysomnographic technologist upon initial registration with the Board is a login number for use when registering each year.
Why is the NC Medical Board establishing a registry of polysomnographic technologists (commonly referred to as sleep techs)?
The NC General Assembly enacted NCGS 90-677, the Polysomnography Practice Act, on October 1, 2009. The statute requires the NC Medical Board to establish a registry of sleep techs. The Polysomnography Practice Act makes it unlawful, beginning January 1, 2012, for any unregistered sleep tech to practice polysomnography, represent themselves as someone credentialed to practice polysomnography or use the title “Registered Polysomnographic Technologist.”
What if a sleep tech fails to register?
Under the new law, it shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor to practice polysomnography without registering with the Medical Board. Failure to register could result in criminal prosecution or a court injunction barring the unregistered sleep tech from practicing.
Will the Medical Board process complaints and investigate possible violations of the Polysomnography Practice Act and/or disciplinary matters?
No. The Medical Board is directed by statute only to maintain the registry. Complaints and investigations of violations of the Polysomnography Practice Act shall be directed to and conducted by the national Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.
Are there any exemptions to the registration requirement?
Yes. Persons who are registered, certified, credentialed or licensed to engage in a profession other than polysomnography or any person working under the supervision of a person who is registered, certified, credentialed or licensed to engage in another profession are not required to register with the Board if: 1. The person is performing work incidental to or within the scope of practice of that profession or occupation and 2. The person does not represent him- or herself as a registered polysomnographic technologist.
In addition, the following individuals are not required to register: 1. individuals employed by the U.S. government; 2. persons performing research that monitors physiological parameters during sleep or wakefulness for purposes not related to the practice of clinical medicine; 3. licensed physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners; and 4. students actively enrolled in a polysomnography education program, provided the student is working under the direct supervision of a registered polysomnographic technologist and complies with all applicable rules.
When will the Medical Board be ready to accept registration information?
The Board expects to have its online registration system ready to accept information by Sept. 15, 2011.
Will the Medical Board accept paper registration forms?
No. The registration will be an online process, which sleep techs will access via the Medical Board’s website. It may be necessary for sleep techs to email, mail or fax certain information to the Medical Board to document their credentials.
Will sleep techs pay a registration fee?
Yes. The registration fee, which is set by statute, will be $50.
How often must sleep techs register with the Medical Board?
Once the registration system is in place, sleep techs must register annually, on or before Sept. 1.
What information must be submitted to the Medical Board?
Registrants must provide: 1. Their full legal name; 2. Their complete address and current telephone number; 3. Evidence that they are currently credentialed in good standing by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT.)
What constitutes "evidence" that the sleep tech is credentialed in good standing by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists?
Registrants must attest that they are currently credentialed by the BRPT. The Medical Board will verify the sleep tech’s credentials with the BRPT. If the NCMB is unable to verify that a registrant is currently credentialed by the BRPT, the sleep tech may be required to provide a copy of his or her certificate.