The Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) has announced the winner of its 2023 A-STEP/STAR Educational Grant Program for individuals interested in pursuing a career in sleep technology and/or those who are currently working as sleep technicians who would like to become a registered polysomnographic technologist (RPSGT). Henry Stabenau, from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was selected out of nearly 45 applications.
“While all of the applications were compelling, Henry expressed a specific desire to address the pressing need for specialized sleep health care in rural areas,” said BRPT President Andrea Ramberg, MS, CCSH, RPSGT. Henry’s goal is to eventually “establish a traveling sleep study business that will bridge the gap in healthcare services, ensuring that every individual, regardless of their geographic location, has access to high-quality sleep diagnostics and care.”
Stabenau will receive a grant of up to $800 towards an A-STEP or STAR-designated educational program.
“In addition to applications from the United States, we had many strong applications from across the globe, including India, Malaysia, the UK, Australia, Saudi Arabia and other countries,” added BRPT Board member Michelle DiMaria, BS, RRT, RPSGT, who led the team reviewing the applications. “It’s exciting to see this level of interest in our profession and very rewarding to help support members of the next generation of sleep technologists.”
The application window was open from May 1 through May 31, 2023. The BRPT’s Educational Grant Task Force reviewed all applications through a carefully crafted rubric to determine the best-qualified applicant.
The BRPT is an independent, non-profit certification board that cultivates the highest professional and ethical standards for polysomnographic technologists. In addition to administering the RPSGT, CPSGT, and CCSH exams in the United States and internationally, the BRPT also maintains the RPSGT registry and CPSGT roster. In addition, the BRPT provides its Continuing Sleep Technology Education (CSTE) Program for educational providers seeking continuing education credits for their offerings. For more information, please visit www.brpt.org.