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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional And Occupational Licensing
Agency 85. Board of Medicine
Chapter 140. Regulations Governing the Practice of Polysomnographic Technologists

18VAC85-140-100. Continuing education requirements.

A. In order to renew an active license as a polysomnographic technologist, a licensee shall attest to having successfully completed 20 hours of continuing education in courses directly related to the practice of polysomnographic technology as approved and documented by a provider recognized by one of the following:

1. The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists Education Advisory Board (BRPT-EAC);

2. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM);

3. The American Medical Association for Category 1 continuing medical education credit;

4. The American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST);

5. The American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists, Inc. (ASET);

6. The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC);

7. The American Nurses Association (ANA); or

8. The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP).

B. Up to two continuing education hours may be satisfied through delivery of polysomnographic technology services, without compensation, to low-income individuals receiving services through a local health department or a free clinic organized in whole or primarily for the delivery of health services. One hour of continuing education may be credited for three hours of providing such volunteer services. For the purpose of continuing education credit for voluntary service, the hours shall be approved and documented by the health department or free clinic.

C. A practitioner shall be exempt from the continuing education requirements for the first biennial renewal following the date of initial licensure in Virginia.

D. The practitioner shall retain the completed form with all supporting documentation in his records for a period of four years following the renewal of an active license.

E. The board shall periodically conduct a random audit of its active licensees to determine compliance. The practitioners selected for the audit shall provide all supporting documentation within 30 days of receiving notification of the audit.

F. Failure to comply with these requirements may subject the licensee to disciplinary action by the board.

G. The board may grant an extension of the deadline for continuing competency requirements, for up to one year, for good cause shown upon a written request from the licensee prior to the renewal date.

H. The board may grant an exemption for all or part of the requirements for circumstances beyond the control of the licensee, such as temporary disability, mandatory military service, or officially declared disasters.

Statutory Authority

§ 54.1-2400 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 31, Issue 7, eff. December 31, 2014; amended, Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 11, eff. March 9, 2017.

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