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About the Polysomnography Professional Standards Committee

To assist the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners, the Polysomnography Professional Standards Committee was established by the General Assembly in 2007 to license those individuals actively engaged in the practice of polysomnography as that term is defined in T.C.A. §63-31-101(9)(A). The Committee is responsible for safeguarding the health, safety and welfare of Tennesseans by ensuring those who practice polysomnography are qualified. The Committee, working with the Board of Medical Examiners, interprets the laws, rules and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct. The Committee is authorized to issue licenses to qualified candidates who have completed appropriate education and successfully completed required examinations. The Committee, along with the Board, determines the appropriate standard of care, investigates alleged violations of laws and rules, and disciplines licensees who are found guilty of such violations.

The Committee meets two (2) times per year. The meetings are open to the public and are held at the Department of Health, Health-Related Boards Office located at: 665 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN. The Committee consists of seven (7) members, appointed by the Governor and is composed of the following:

Three (3) registered polysomnographic technologists;
One (1) physician who is certified in sleep medicine by a national certifying body recognized by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine;
One (1) person who is the director of an accredited, hospital-based sleep center;
One (1) respiratory therapist who is also a registered polysomnographic technologist; and
One (1) consumer member who is not commercially or professionally associated with the health care field.

Administrative staff of the Division of Health Related Boards supports the Committee by issuing licenses to those who meet the requirements of the law and rules. Renewal notices are mailed from the Committee’s administrative office forty-five (45) days prior to the expiration of the license to the licensee’s current address on record. Licenses can be renewed online one hundred twenty (120) days prior to the expiration at http://tennessee.gov/. Click on the "Renew Health License” link and follow the prompts. Licensees are responsible for renewing their licenses on time and keeping the Committee apprised of current information. It is a violation of the law and of the Committee’s rules to practice on an expired license.

Contact the Polysomnography Professional Standards Committee:

Call 615-532-4384 (local)
or 1-800-778-4123 (nationwide)
or write
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN 37243

Note: If you are a licensed Respiratory Therapist and wish to be credentialed to provide polysomnographic services, please contact the Tennessee Board of Respiratory Care by calling 615-253-5087 local or 1-800-778-4123 nationwide or write: 665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor Nashville, TN 37243.