The Leading Online Resource
for Sleep-Care Professionals

The AAST Learning Center is your go-to resource for learning and advancing your knowledge in
sleep and sleep technology. Developed by leading experts in the field, all educational content is
delivered on-demand to your desktop or mobile device.

CCSH Designated Focused Education Program


Participants seeking the CCSH credential through Pathway #3 that complete this designated focused education program, including successfully completing the accompanying course exam with a score of 70% or better, will receive a certificate of eligibility to sit for the CCSH exam via Pathway #3 at the end of the program.


There are three pathways of eligibility for the BRPT CCSH exam:

Pathway # 1 is for candidates who have 1,000 hours of clinical experience in sleep health and hold a Bachelor’s degree or above. Pathway # 2 is for candidates who have an approved healthcare credential and hold an Associate degree or above. or Pathway # 3 is for the active RPSGT credential holder who has recertified at least once, completes a CCSH designated focused education program and attains an approved program certificate.

This program has been approved by the BRPT as a CCSH Designated Focused Education Program under Pathway #3. Participants seeking the CCSH credential through Pathway #3 that complete this designated focused education program, including successfully completing the accompanying course exam with a score of 70% or better, will receive a certificate of eligibility to sit for the CCSH exam via Pathway #3 at the end of the program.

The program includes seven core speaker presentations, a case study presentation and discussion section, access to the individual PowerPoint presentations and the CCSH Workbook, and a CCSH Exam. You can access the program workbook and accompanying PPT presentations by clicking on the Handouts tab.

Important Information Regarding The Post-Test:

Candidates must provide proof they passed the post-test with a greater than 70% score to receive a certificate of eligibility to apply. BRPT also requires current BLS certification for eligibility.

• This is an open-book exam. Users can access the program workbook, case study scenarios, and PowerPoint slides by clicking on the Resources tab in the course, or utilize the paper workbook that was provided.
• There is no time limit for completing the exam once you begin, however, users will only receive two attempts.
• Users may zoom in to view patient data images and examples by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in the course.
• Users will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the exam. This is the certificate that will be used to verify pathway eligibility for the CCSH credentialing examination.
• Access to the exam is limited to 120 days upon purchase of the course.

Program Sections:

  1. Normal Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
  2. Evaluation of Sleep Disorders
  3. Clinical Evaluations – Part One
  4. Incidence and Prevalence of Sleep Disorders
  5. Clinical Evaluation and Management for the CCSH
  6. Clinical Evaluations – Part Two
  7. Patient Follow-Up and Management
  8. CCSH Case Study Scenario Presentations/Discussions
  9. AAST CCSH Post-Test Exam



  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Module 8 of the AAST CCSH Designated Focused Education Program, Case Study Scenarios, includes 1.0 AAST Continuing Education Credits (CECs). Once you complete modules 1-8, you will be prompted to take the AAST Post-Test Exam.

    This module provides a series of case studies that review patient scenarios that are intended to reinforce techniques and concepts related to education and management of patients with sleep disorders.  The module is intended to assist with development of critical thinking skills and practical utilization of the information presented in this course and includes a variety of scenarios where appropriate patient evaluation, review of testing and download data, and determination of an appropriate recommendation and/or education plan can be practiced.  

    Developers and Narrators: Daniel Lane, MAPsy, BS, CCSH, RPSGT; Laree Fordyce, CCRP, RPSGT, CCSH; Brendan Duffy, RPSGT, CCSH and Marietta B. Bibbs, BA, RPSGT, CCSH, FAAST

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    Module 7 of the AAST CCSH Designated Focused Education Program, Patient Follow-Up and Management, includes a 10-question knowledge assessment and 1.0 AAST Continuing Education Credits (CECs).

    This module reviews the importance of effective patient communication and education in the management of patient adherence to therapy.  Methods for effective monitoring and evaluating adherence and efficacy based on detection of clinical irregularities found within download reports are provided.  Choosing and communicating the correct course of action based on a patient evaluation that is focused on identifying and removing or reducing barriers to therapy and adherence is a key concept in this module.  

    By Byron Jamerson, RPSGT, RST, CCSH

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    Module 6 of the AAST CCSH Designated Focused Education Program, Clinical Evaluation – Part Two, includes a 10-question knowledge assessment and 1.0 AAST Continuing Education Credits (CECs).

    This module discusses the importance of the patient history and symptom review in differentiating sleep and mental health disorders and reviews sleep disorders that may affect or be affected by mental health issues as well as suicide and suicidal ideation in relation to mental health and sleep disorders.  Differential diagnosis and appropriate documentation of observations, actions, and treatments along with symptoms of disease progression, exacerbation, and improvement are reviewed.  The module concludes with a discussion of the effects of substance abuse on mental health and sleep.

    By Rita Brooks, MEd., R. EEG/EP T., RPSGT, FAAST
    Original presentation provided by Anoop Karippot, MD, FAASM

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    Module 5 of the AAST CCSH Designated Focused Education Program, Clinical Evaluation – Part One, includes a 10-question knowledge assessment and 1.0 AAST Continuing Education Credits (CECs).

    This module correlates abnormal sleep symptoms with underlying pathophysiology and epidemiology and discusses appropriate documentation of observations, actions, and treatments in this patient group.  There is a focus on neuromuscular and cardiopulmonary disorders with discussion of their effects on sleep and wakefulness and a review of symptoms that indicate disease progression, exacerbation, and improvement.  A thorough review of the primary cardiopulmonary disorders including COPD, Atrial Fibrillation and CHF is provided along with a discussion of the effects of recent surgery on sleep in patients with co-existing sleep disorders.

    By Laura A. Linley, CRTT, RPSGT, RST, FAAST
    Original presentation provided by Raman Malhotra, MD

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    Module 4 of the AAST CCSH Designated Focused Education Program, Incidence and Prevalence of Sleep Disorders, includes a 10-question knowledge assessment and 1.0 AAST Continuing Education Credits (CECs).

    This module reviews the impact of acute and chronic sleep disorders on quality of life, the long-term effects of sleep disruption and deprivation and the impact of sleep disorders on society.  An overview of various sleep questionnaires and tools that are used in sleep and appropriate use of these tools in screening, assessment, and education of patients is explored.  The use of HSAT and various consumer tools in the diagnosis of sleep disorders are also discussed along with ways to increase awareness of sleep hygiene and sleep disorders through community outreach. 

    By Brendan Duffy, RPSGT, CCSH

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    Module 3 of the AAST CCSH Designated Focused Education Program, Clinical Evaluation and Management for the CCSH, includes a 10-question knowledge assessment and 1.0 AAST Continuing Education Credits (CECs).

    This module provides an overview of sleep disorders including sleep disordered breathing, insomnia, hypersomnias, and parasomnias as well as testing indications for these disorders.  Analyzing results of testing and determining education and follow-up needs are a focus.  A review of MSLT and MWT testing protocols is included with discussion of how to evaluate the need for this testing and the education needs of these patients based on the findings.This module provides an overview of sleep disorders including sleep disordered breathing, insomnia, hypersomnias, and parasomnias as well as testing indications for these disorders. Analyzing results of testing and determining education and follow-up needs are a focus.  A review of MSLT and MWT testing protocols is included with discussion of how to evaluate the need for this testing and the education needs of these patients based on the findings.

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    Module 2 of the AAST CCSH Designated Focused Education Program, Evaluation of Sleep Disorders, includes a 10-question knowledge assessment and 1.0 AAST Continuing Education Credits (CECs).

    This module reviews testing indications for evaluation of sleep disorders and discusses the analysis and interpretation of polysomnography, MSLT, MWT and titration data and their significance to treatment and follow-up.  The role of home sleep testing including actigraphy and oximetry are explored along with the utilization of actigraphy, pulse oximetry and biomarker data in relation to evaluation, management, and education for patients with sleep disorders.

    By Jon Atkinson, BS, RPSGT, FAAST

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    Module 1 of the AAST CCSH Designated Focused Education Program, Sleep Across the Life Cycle and Circadian Rhythms, includes a 10-question knowledge assessment and 1.0 AAST Continuing Education Credits (CECs).

    This module discusses the development of sleep wake patterns from infancy through adulthood, identifies normal wake and sleep patterns, and describes changes in patterns of wake and sleep activity from infancy to old age including circadian rhythm changes related to age.  The module includes a discussion of normal sleep architecture and factors contributing to variations in normal sleep and describes normal sleep quality and quantity for adult, infant, pediatric and geriatric individuals including the role of gender, environment, and culture in sleep patterns.  The module concludes with a discussion of circadian rhythms and the role of actigraphy in evaluation of circadian rhythm disorders. 

    By Rita Brooks, MEd., R. EEG/EP T., RPSGT, FAAST