10.32.06.04

.04 Application for Initial Licensure as a Polysomnographic Technologist.

A. An applicant shall:

(1) Complete an application on a form supplied by the Board;

(2) Pay the required application fee set by the Board in Regulation .09 of this chapter;

(3) Be 18 years old or older;

(4) Be of good moral character;

(5) Demonstrate spoken and written competency in English by any of the following:

(a) Documentation of graduation from a recognized English-speaking high school or undergraduate school after at least 3 years of enrollment;

(b) Documentation of graduation from a recognized English-speaking professional school; or

(c) Documentation of receiving a grade of at least:

(i) 26 on the "Speaking Section" of the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language; and

(ii) 79 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language;

(6) Provide documentation of current certification as a registered polysomnographic technologist by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists or by another national certification agency approved by the Board;

(7) Provide documentation of one of the following:

(a) For those candidates applying for a license on or before September 30, 2013:

(i) Passing the national certifying examination of the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists on or before September 30, 2013; and

(ii) Certification by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists as a registered polysomnographic technologist at the time of application;

(b) Graduation from a polysomnographic educational program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs;

(c) Both of the following:

(i) Graduation from a respiratory care educational program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs; and

(ii) Completion of the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care’s curriculum for a polysomnography certificate that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs;

(d) Both of the following:

(i) Graduation from an electroneurodiagnostic technology educational program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs; and

(ii) Completion of an add-on track in polysomnography for electroneurodiagnostic technologists that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs; or

(e) Each of the following:

(i) Graduation from a sleep technologist educational program accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine;

(ii) Proof of meeting core competencies in the 3 years preceding the application as assessed by a sleep technologist credentialed as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist , a sleep technologist with national certification approved by the Board, or a physician who is either board-eligible or board-certified in sleep medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine or American Board of Medical Specialties;

(iii) A letter of attestation for completion of clinical hours and competencies from a physician who is either board-eligible or board-certified in sleep medicine by the American Board of Sleep Medicine or American Board of Medical Specialties where the applicant practiced; and

(iv) The requirements listed in §B of this regulation; and

(8) Provide documentation of licensure, certification, or registration from all states where the applicant has ever held a license, certificate, or registration in any health profession.

B. If an applicant satisfies the requirements of §A(7) of this regulation by completing the requirements of §A(7)(e) of this regulation, the applicant shall provide proof of completion of a minimum of 546 hours of clinical experience in the 3 years preceding licensure application as either:

(1) A student supervised by a sleep technologist credentialed as a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist or a sleep technologist with national certification approved by the Board at an American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited sleep laboratory or sleep laboratory accredited by The Joint Commission; or

(2) A sleep technologist with a current, active, unrestricted license in another state or is otherwise recognized and has practiced as a sleep technologist in another state who has:

(a) Full-time practice experience as a sleep technologist in another state at an American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited sleep laboratory or sleep laboratory accredited by The Joint Commission for a minimum of 6 months in the 3 years preceding the application; and

(b) Maintained an average of 10 continuing education units per year for the last 2 years.

C. Extension Request.

(1) An applicant who has not satisfied the licensure requirements under §A of this regulation on or before September 30, 2013, may file a request for an extension of time with the Board.

(2) The request shall be in writing and filed before February 28, 2015.

(3) The Board shall consider and render a decision on the request within 45 days of receiving the written request.

(4) On a case-by-case basis, the Board may grant a one-time extension for no more than 6 months if the Board determines that:

(a) Failure to fulfill the licensure requirements is clearly a result of:

(i) Functional impairment;

(ii) Prolonged and serious illness;

(iii) Mandatory military service or deployment;

(iv) A prolonged absence from the United States;

(v) An officially declared disaster; or

(vi) Other exceptional circumstances beyond the control of the applicant;

(b) The applicant readily and appropriately attempted to meet the requirements;

(c) The applicant provides documentation substantiating the basis of the request, as determined by the Board; and

(d) The applicant submits a plan for completing the requirements.

(5) The Board shall deny the request for an extension for failure to comply with §C(4) of this regulation.

(6) The Board shall deny any request filed after February 28, 2015.