Program Overview

World Sleep Academy is organized into three tiers: Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3. The tiers progress from introductory content in sleep science and medicine to advanced practice. The entire program takes one year to complete. The learning outcomes of completing the World Sleep Academy curriculum are the following:

  • Learn the underlying causes of sleep disorders
  • Develop your basic sleep medicine diagnostic capabilities
  • Network with other sleep experts around the world
  • Understand treatment options for sleep disorders
  • Learn the basics of a sleep medicine practice

Program Overview

Watch a 10-minute introduction from the Academy director, Lourdes DelRosso, MD, PhD. Learn about the program’s goals, faculty, and curriculum – and meet Dr. DelRosso!

Learning Format

Most participation in World Sleep Academy is asynchronous, but there are weekly opportunities to interact live with the lead faculty and guests. Over the course of each Tier, you will receive original manuscripts on Tier topics written by international experts, videos, lectures, and other learning activities. You will be expected to participate in discussion online with your cohort and the lead faculty.


Tuition and Fees

Tuition for each Tier is listed below. In addition, a $100 application fee is required; the application fee will be wholly applied to your tuition if accepted.

  • Tier 1: $750
  • Tier 2: $1250
  • Tier 3: $750
  • All three tiers together: $2500 (savings of $250)

World Sleep Academy will offer a limited number of scholarships to learners based on financial need. Your scholarship application is included within your general application to the Academy and will require an additional personal statement. More information can be found in the application.


Tier Structure of World Sleep Academy

Each of the three Tiers of World Sleep Academy is described in the overview below. Find specific breakdowns of each individual topic here: World Sleep Academy Curriculum.

Note: Dates and deadlines below are subject to change. 

Tier 1: Sleep science, technology, and patient evaluation

September 1, 2022 – November 12, 2022

This introductory tier is for people who do not have much knowledge about sleep but want to know more. You will gain a basic knowledge of the sleep field. The following topics are covered:

  • Sleep science
  • Sleep technology
  • Evaluation of patients with sleep disorders
  • Basic sleep study practice
  • Leadership skills


Tier 2: Sleep disorders

November 20, 2022 – May 20, 2023

The intermediate tier is for people who have a basic knowledge of sleep research and practice. You will acquire a working knowledge of the main types of sleep disorders. The following topics are covered:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • Non-OSA sleep-related breathing disorders
  • Non-invasive ventilation
  • Hypersomnias
  • Sleep-related movement disorders
  • Parasomnias
  • Insomnia
  • Psychological aspects of sleep
  • Circadian disorders
  • Pediatric sleep concerns
  • Intermediate sleep study practice
  • Leadership skills


Tier 3: Advanced practice in sleep medicine

May 28, 2023 – August 31, 2023

This advanced tier is for people who have a significant knowledge of sleep research and practice. You will develop your analytical skills regarding sleep disorders. The following topics are covered:

  • Pharmacology
  • Setting up a sleep lab
  • Sleep case studies mentored by a sleep expert
  • Introduction to research methodologies
  • Action research project developed by you and mentored by a sleep expert
  • Leadership skills
  • Advanced sleep study practice