The National Board for Respiratory Care Sleep Disorder Specialist Examination (NBRC-SDS) is an examination for the certification credential of respiratory practitioners in the United States demonstrating competency to perform and interpret polysomnography. The NBRC-SDS is developed and owned by the National Board for Respiratory Care and administers the examination through its for-profit private stock testing company Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc.
The NBRC requires the candidate be 18 years old at the time of application for the examination and must also be a registered respiratory therapist with 3 months of full time clinical experience following certification in a sleep diagnostics and treatment setting under medical supervision (MD, DO or PhD).
Those who are actively certified as a neonatal and pediatric specialist respiratory therapist are permitted to use the post-nominal letters "SDS", "RRT-SDS" or "CRT-SDS" depending on their level and preference.
- The American Association for Respiratory Care
- The American College of Chest Physicians
- The American Society of Anesthesiologists
- The American Thoracic Society
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