Licensing and Certifications

 


 

Virginia Licensure Information

An applicant applying for licensure to practice as a licensed acupuncturist on the basis of successful completion of education in a school or college for acupuncture accredited by ACAOM or any other accrediting agency approved by the Board of Medicine, which confers a degree or certificate in acupuncture in the United States, shall submit evidence of having a minimum of 1,905 hours of entry-level acupuncture education to include at least 1,155 didactic hours and 660 clinical hours. Clinical hours may include observation, as well as internship or treatment hours; the remaining 90 hours may be earned as either didactic or clinical hours. Correspondence programs or courses in acupuncture are excluded and may not be used to meet the requirements for acupuncture education.

An applicant from an acupuncture program in a school or college that has achieved candidacy status for accreditation by ACAOM shall be eligible for licensure provided the program meets the above requirements, with the exception of full ACAOM accreditation.  Additional information is available from the Virginia Board of Medicine.

The examination requirements for Virginia licensure shall consist of:

a) Passing the NCCAOM comprehensive written examination, resulting in current, active certification by the NCCAOM at the time the application is filed with the board;
b) Passing the Practical Examination of Point Location Skills (PEPLS) test; and
c) Completing the CNT course as administered by the CCAOM.

Additional information is available from the Virginia Board of Medicine website: https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/medicine/

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NCCAOM Examination

The National Certification Commission for the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) was organized to promote nationally recognized standards of excellence to insure public safety. There are separate examination and certificate programs for acupuncture and herbology. The NCCAOM certificate testifies that an individual has been recognized by colleagues to have the knowledge and skills necessary for safe and effective acupuncture and herbology practice. The NCCAOM examinations are used by the majority of state agencies as a part of the licensing requirement. Additional information is available from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, 76 South Laura Street, Suite 1290, Jacksonville, Florida 32202. (904) 598-1005, Fax (904) 598-5001, email: info@nccaom.org.

An applicant applying for licensure in the Virginia State to practice as a licensed acupuncturist on the basis of successful completion of education in a school or college for acupuncture accredited by ACAOM or any other accrediting agency approved by the Board of Medicine, which confers a degree or certificate in acupuncture in the United States, shall submit evidence of having a minimum of 1,905 hours of entry-level acupuncture education to include at least 1,155 didactic hours and 660 clinical hours. Clinical hours may include observation, as well as internship or treatment hours; the remaining 90 hours may be earned as either didactic or clinical hours. Correspondence programs or courses in acupuncture are excluded and may not be used to meet the requirements for acupuncture education.

An applicant from an acupuncture program in a school or college that has achieved candidacy status for accreditation by ACAOM shall be eligible for licensure provided the program meets the above requirements, with the exception of full ACAOM accreditation.

The examination requirements for Virginia licensure shall consist of:

a) Passing the NCCAOM comprehensive written examination, resulting in current, active certification by the NCCAOM at the time the application is filed with the board;
b) Passing the Practical Examination of Point Location Skills (PEPLS) test; and
c) Completing the CNT course as administered by the CCAOM.

Additional information is available from the Virginia Board of Medicine website: https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/medicine/

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California Acupuncture Board

Student who plan to practice acupuncture in California must first obtain a state license, which requires qualifying for and passing California's written examination. The examination tests the competency of entry level acupuncturists.

In order to qualify for California Acupuncture Licensing Examination, an applicant must furnish satisfactory evidence of completion on one of the following:

  • A California Acupuncture Board (CAB) approved educational and training program consisting of a minimum of 2,348 hours of theoretical and clinical training.
  • A CAB-approved tutorial program in the practice of acupuncture consisting of a minimum of 2,850 hours of theoretical and clinical training, which is approved by the Board*. Documented educational training and clinical experience that meets the standards established pursuant to Business and Professions Code sections 4939 and 4941. (For applicants who have completed their education and training outside the United States or Canada.)

California does not recognize out-of-state licensing (reciprocity) nor does it accept for licensure those individuals who take and pass the national examination administered by the NCCAOM. Therefore, licensees from other states or those individuals who have passed NCCAOM's examination may not practice until they have qualified for, taken and passed the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination.

California Acupuncture Board administers the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination (CALE) in Mandarin, Korean and English. The CALE is based on and validated by an occupational analysis. The passing score on the examination is determined by subject matter experts (SMEs) who use a criterion-referenced scoring method.

Applications for examination must be received in the Sacramento office at least 120 days prior to the date of the examination for which the application is made. The application requires personal and demographic information, including relevant transcripts/diplomas, be submitted to the Board's office. Diplomas and transcripts must be original documents. All foreign language documents must be accompanied by an English translation certified by a translator who can attest to the accuracy. All original documents will be returned upon submitting a "Request for Return of Original Documents" and payment of the required fee.

For more information, visit: www.acupuncture.ca.gov
The California Acupuncture Board
1747 N. Market Blvd, Suite 180
Sacramento, CA 95834

Phone: (916) 515-5200    Fax: (916) 928-2204
Email: acupuncture@dca.ca.gov

 

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