Frequently Asked Questions

Is your program accredited?

Yes, we are accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) as an A-STEP provider.

How is the program structured?

Classes are held from 6-9 p.m. on two evenings per week for eight weeks. In addition, you will have the opportunity to shadow a sleep technologist and to observe clinical sleep studies at Washington University Sleep Medicine Center.

What is the average class size?

Classes are limited to eight students in order to provide a low student-to-instructor ratio.

Is everyone accepted into the program?

Admission is competitive enrollment based upon your personal statement, references, and resume. A minimum of a high school diploma is required for admission. Previous healthcare experience is preferred, but not required.

How often is the A-STEP course offered?

Typically, A-STEP is offered in the fall and spring; however, this is subject to change.

Is there financial assistance available?

A-STEP is a specialized program that is not part of the traditional Washington University; therefore, it is not eligible for financial aid.

Where is your facility located?

Washington University Sleep Medicine Center and the A-STEP training program are located at 1600 S. Brentwood Blvd., just a couple of blocks from I-64/40.

How do I prepare for the course?

After being accepted into the program, you will receive an instructional packet in the mail. You will be required to complete and pass a background check and urine drug screening prior to the first class. There is a fee for this that you will pay directly to the background check company. You will need documentation of a recent tuberculosis (TB) test. You may be asked to provide additional immunization documentation. We also require documentation of a flu shot if you are enrolled in class during flu season.

What happens after I pass the A-STEP Introductory course?

After successfully passing our program, we will notify the (AASM) and they will send you information regarding an online examination.  You will need to pass the online exam with a score of 70% or greater.  Next, there is a series of 23 online AASM modules to complete (there is an additional fee for the online exam and modules).

How do you become certified or registered in the field of sleep technology?

The Board of Registered Sleep Technologists offers a certification and registry exam for sleep technicians. The American Board of Sleep Medicine offers a registry exam for sleep technologists. For more information about the exams, please visit the American Board of Sleep Medicine or the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists.

Whom do I contact with additional questions?

For more information on the A-STEP program, please contact program director Jennifer McLeland, MSW, CCRC, RPSGT, at 314-747-3819, mclelandj@neuro.wustl.edu or technical director Cristina Toedebusch, CCRC, RPSGT, at 314-747-0646, toedebuschc@neuro.wustl.edu.