Sleep lab directors coordinate the operations of a sleep lab, which conducts sleep studies to help diagnose patients' sleeping issues. They are responsible for creating, enacting and reviewing policies, as well as making sure all the equipment is up to date and overseeing data entry for each patient that uses the lab. They provide assistance to a physician - generally a board-certified sleep specialist or a neurologist - and to polysomnography technicians as needed. Additionally, sleep lab directors oversee scheduling for patients and ensure that their lab complies with relevant state and federal regulations, as well as hire, train and supervise staff members.
Sleep lab directors must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent, although a bachelor's degree in a relevant field is generally required or preferred. They must understand the technical elements of a sleep lab, so training and experience as a certified polysomnographer is generally needed. These directors also need to be licensed with the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists to be able to provide technical support as needed. Managerial experience - especially in a sleep lab setting - may be required or preferred as well.
Generally, these directors work primarily in their sleep lab, and their hours include overnight and weekend shifts since these are the primary hours that patients use sleep labs.
Sleep Lab Director Tasks
Oversee, plan and direct the sleep lab operations program.
Ensure services are in compliance with professional and clinical competency standards, state and federal regulatory requirements.
Oversee inventory, order processing and distribution of products and services.
Oversee departmental staff operations, business planning and budget development and reporting.