Examination Details

Examination Details

General Description

This examination will be a proctored 5-hour examination consisting of multiple choice questions of the “one best answer” type. There will be a total of 200 items on the examination. The Sleep Medicine Examination will cover the broad aspects of Sleep Medicine that specialists practicing in the field are expected to know. The examination will assess the candidates knowledge and clinical judgment in aspects of Sleep Medicine required to perform at a high level of competence.

Medical Content Category
Relative Percentage
Fundamentals of sleep
Polysmnographic interpretation and scoring
Technical aspects of operations of sleep lab
Diagnosis/differential diagnosis sleep disorders
Treatment, management and follow-up
Sleep center management, ethics public policy


Those who passed the examination will receive a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sleep Medicine by their primary Board. All certificates will be time-limited and will be valid for ten (10) years from the date of certification. The diplomate must maintain a valid certification certificate in their primary specialty or subspecialty in order for the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sleep Medicine to remain valid. The Sleep Medicine Certificate will become invalid the date that the diplomate’s primary or subspecialty certificate become invalid. The Certificate of Added Qualification in Sleep Medicine will be awarded after the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists gives final approval of the examination process for each candidate. This approval process will take approximately six months following the notification of successful completion of the examination. On written request and payment of a fee of $200, candidates may obtain rescoring of the examination within a year of receiving the results. The answer sheets of candidates will be destroyed thirty-six months after administration of the examination.


The Board can make no specific recommendations about study methods, review courses, etc., to prepare for the examination; however, extensive self study of Sleep Medicine in texts and journals and participation in continuing medical education programs and review courses in Sleep Medicine should be useful.


The application/examination fee will be $1200.

Scoring and Results

Your final score is determined by the number of questions answered correctly. There is no penalty for guessing. The minimum passing score reflects an absolute standard developed by the AOA Boards participating in this conjoint examination. After the exam is given, it will be psychometrically analyzed and evaluated to ensure the reliability of individual results. Your results will be released and a score report will be mailed to you within 90 days of the date of the exam. Score are provided through mail only. Copies of your score report will be maintained for one year from the date they were released. During that period you may obtain a duplicate copy of your score report upon written request and a fee of $25. Questions regarding exam results and any appeals of the examination must be submitted in writing within 30 days of the date results were released.