In 2008, the NBRC launched a new specialty examination for respiratory therapists performing sleep disorders testing and therapeutic intervention. We sought input from a variety of organizations representing professionals involved in sleep disorders testing and care to create a valuable credential that your employer, colleagues and patients will recognize and respect.
The new program was built on a collaborative effort with other organizations with a vested interest in protecting the public and improving care for patients who suffer from sleep disorders. Because of this effort, this program has wide support from organizations such as:
- The American Association for Respiratory Care
- The American College of Chest Physicians
- The American Society of Anesthesiologists
- The American Thoracic Society
The Sleep Disorders Specialty Examination program is designed specifically for a respiratory therapist with an NBRC respiratory care credential and experience or education in the field of sleep medicine.
Eligible certificants have already demonstrated their minimal competence in some areas used when diagnosing and treating patients with sleep disorders; therefore, the examination focuses on competencies that are unique to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with sleep disorders and will not include items about general respiratory care content. It is important to note that candidates for this examination should expect to find polygraphic tracings based on old and new recording guidelines in the examination.
Why should you earn the CRT-SDS or RRT-SDS credential? The answer is simple—the new specialty examination is unique to your daily tasks as a sleep disorders specialist. It goes above and beyond general activities so you can demonstrate your acquired skill level in an expanding specialty within the field of respiratory care.
If you are planning to take any of the credentialing examinations offered by the National Board for Respiratory Care, Inc. (NBRC), the Self-Assessment Examination provides an excellent opportunity for you to find out in advance how well you will do. The SAEs are available in web-based format and more information can be found by clicking the Self-Assessment Examination Quick Link.
- Be a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) or Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) having completed a CoARC or CAAHEP accredited respiratory therapist education program including a sleep add-on track
- Be a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) for at least 6 months prior to applying for the Sleep Disorders Specialty Examination.
- Be a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) for at least 3 months prior to applying for the Sleep Disorders Specialty Examination.
Free Practice Examination
The web-based NBRC practice examinations are designed to simulate taking an NBRC examination. The software is identical to that which is used for the administration of NBRC examinations. To use this software, you will need a compatible internet browser such as the current version of Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. Other browsers may or may not work. Cookies and scripting must be enabled. Pop-up blocking must be disabled.
Clicking the hyperlink below will open the practice examination login page. Please read the following instructions:
Free Sleep Disorders Specialty Practice Examination
- Login using your e-mail address. Your results will be sent to this address.
- Use the mouse to select your responses and to maneuver through the examination.
- To obtain your results, you must take the entire examination in one sitting. Your results are not saved if you exit the examination.
- When you have completed the examination, click Finish and Display. Your results are displayed onscreen and will be e-mailed to you if you provided your e-mail address on the login page.
- If you need help using the examination software, click on the Help button in the lower portion of the screen once you begin the examination.
Sleep Disorders Specialty Credential FAQs