A-STEP online component

This 80 hour course is designed for individuals without experience who wish to enter the field of sleep technology. It is also appropriate for the new sleep technologist or allied healthcare professional, who seeks an introduction to or review of sleep medicine and polysomnography. The A-STEP curriculum has been developed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as a comprehensive introduction to sleep technology for the novice technologist. After successful completion of the course, students will be required to perform duties specified in in the job description for a Sleep Trainee. 

$3,300.00

A valid high school diploma or GED is required for enrollment into the A-STEP program. Students must submit a copy of the diploma or GED to the Atlanta School before attending the live course.

The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine has developed an A-STEP program ideally suited to the needs of the adult learner. The first 24 hours of the course are comprised of interactive online modules. You can study at your own pace in the comfort of your home or office. These modules are to be completed prior to the live course (you will be sent login information once your order is confirmed). Take advantage of a curriculum that introduces new material and reinforces learning through narration and illustration, practice questions and answers, glossary terms, and key take-away points. 

By taking these online lessons before the live portion, enrollees without a healthcare or patient-oriented background will become familiar with concepts and terms that are part of daily interaction in a medical setting. Experienced medical professionals may find that some of the online material is a review, but presented in a new and fresh way focused on the particulars of sleep medicine and technology.

During the 7-day (56 hours) live program in Atlanta (specific dates above), course work focuses on didactic presentations mixed with the practical component of preparing patients for sleep studies, acquiring data, as well as staging and scoring. Faculty for the course include: registered polysomnographic technologists, respiratory therapists, and board certified sleep specialists.

Completion of an A-STEP training course at the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine is not a guarantee of employment in a sleep laboratory. Job placement is not available through the school, although we do advise students during the course on how to obtain their first job in sleep.

Students interested in enrolling in sleep technology courses should check with their respective state medical boards to determine licensing requirements in polysomnography, if applicable.

* The $3,300 tuition fee for the program includes the cost for the first attempt of the A-STEP examination administration fees up to 30 days after completion of the live program.*

Please note: Financial aid is not available for the A-STEP course.

Course Accreditation

The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine & Technology was granted accreditation as an A-STEP provider beginning November 2, 2007. The Essentials of Sleep Technology is approved for 58.50 CRCE credit hours through the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

Course Curriculum

  • How to Use this Program Course
    30 minutes
  • Working in the Sleep Lab Course
    30 minutes
  • Tossing and Turning: Explaining Body Positions Course
    30 minutes
  • Changing the Way We Sleep: A Historic Context of Sleep Course
    30 minutes
  • Appropriate Conversations with Patients and Family Course
    30 minutes
  • Behaviors that Promote a Positive Work Environment Course
    30 minutes
  • Documentation in Medical Records Course
    30 minutes
  • Introduction to Circadian Rhythms Course
    30 minutes
  • Behaviors to Improve Sleep Course
    30 minutes
  • Recognition of Sleepiness as it Affects Safety Course
    30 minutes
  • Study Guide Assessment 01 Course (PDF)
    30 minutes
  • Final Course 1 Exam Course
    30 minutes
  • How Words Are Made: The Development of Words Course
    30 minutes
  • Using Abbreviations Course
    30 minutes
  • Study Guide Assessment 02 Course (PDF)
    30 minutes
  • Final Course 2 Exam Course
    30 minutes
  • Sleep Questionnaires Course
    30 minutes
  • Completion of the Consent Form Course
    30 minutes
  • The Physician Order for the Diagnostic Procedure Course
    30 minutes
  • Exclusions from a Sleep Study Course
    30 minutes
  • Study Guide Assessment 03 Course (PDF)
    30 minutes
  • Final Course 03 Exam Course
    30 minutes
  • Normal Sleep Process Course
    30 minutes
  • Differentiating Brain Waves on the EEG Course
    30 minutes
  • Recording Parameters Course
    30 minutes
  • Differentiating Sleep Stages Course
    30 minutes
  • Introduction to Standardized Sleep Stage Scoring Procedures Course
    30 minutes
  • Scoring with Major Body Movement Course
    30 minutes
  • Scoring Arousals Course
    30 minutes
  • Scoring Periodic Limb Movements/RLS Course
    30 minutes
  • Study Guide Assessment 04 Course (PDF)
    30 minutes
  • Final Course 4 Exam Course
    30 minutes
  • Overview of 10-20 Electrode Placement System Course
    30 minutes
  • Measuring Protocols Course
    30 minutes
  • Study Guide Assessment 05 Course (PDF)
    30 minutes
  • Final Course 5 Exam Course
    30 minutes
  • Basic Electronics Course
    30 minutes
  • Patient Hookup Course
    30 minutes
  • Testing and Calibrating Equipment Course
    30 minutes
  • Artifact Recognition Course
    30 minutes
  • Study Guide Assessment 06 Course (PDF)
    30 minutes
  • Final Course 6 Exam Course
    30 minutes
  • Monitoring Respiration and Airflow Course
    30 minutes
  • Monitoring Oxygen Saturation and Carbon Dioxide Course
    30 minutes
  • Defining Sleep Apnea Course
    30 minutes
  • Defining Other Sleep Disordered Breathing Syndromes Course
    30 minutes
  • Study Guide Assessment 07 Course (PDF)
    30 minutes
  • Final Course 7 Exam Course
    30 minutes
  • The Sleep Study Course
    30 minutes
  • Equipment for the Treatment of Sleep Disorders Course
    30 minutes
  • Positive Air Pressure Titration (1) Course
    30 minutes
  • MSLT/MWT Course
    30 minutes
  • Study Guide Assessment 08 Course (PDF)
    30 minutes
  • Final Course 8 Exam Course
    30 minutes
  • Parasomnias Course
    30 minutes
  • Common Sleep Disorders course
    30 minutes
  • Sleep Disorders Associated with Mental, Neurological or Other Medical Disorder
    30 minutes
  • Positive Air Pressure Titration (2) Course
    30 minutes
  • Study Guide Assessment 09 Course (PDF)
    30 minutes
  • Final Course 09 Exam Course
    30 minutes
  • Care of the Toddler and Preschooler Course
    30 minutes
  • Care of the School Age Child Course
    30 minutes
  • Care of the Adolescent Course
    30 minutes
  • Care of the Adult Course
    30 minutes
  • Care of the Elderly Course
    30 minutes
  • Study Guide Assessment 10 Course
    30 minutes
  • Final Course 10 Exam Course
    30 minutes
  • Purpose for Medical Confidentiality Course
    30 minutes
  • Purpose of HIPAA Course
    30 minutes
  • Steps to Adhere to HIPAA Guidelines Course
    30 minutes
  • Principles of Infection Control Course
    30 minutes
  • Patient Safety: Medication Safety Course
    30 minutes
  • Patient Safety: Electrical Safety Course
    30 minutes
  • Patient Safety: Purpose and Responsibility Course
    30 minutes
  • Emergency Procedures: Purpose and Response Course
    30 minutes
  • Measuring Technical Competence Course
    30 minutes
  • Patient Satisfaction Course
    30 minutes
  • Maintaining the Employee File Course
    30 minutes
  • Study Guide Assessment 11 Course (PDF)
    30 minutes
  • Final Course 11 Exam Course
    30 minutes

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