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Acupuncturist

Description

An acupuncturist is a licensed health care professional who, based on the concepts of oriental medicine, maintains the health of patients and evaluates and treats their illness and pain. The practice of acupuncture or the use of the title "licensed acupuncturist" within New York State requires licensure as an acupuncturist, unless otherwise exempt under the law. Licensed physicians and dentists may be certified to practice acupuncture in New York State, but the requirements and application process are different from those for licensure in acupuncture.

Licensing Requirements

To be licensed as an acupuncturist in New York State you must:

  • Be of good moral character
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Meet educational and examination requirements; and
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English if you are a candidate whose application is based upon credit granted for completion of courses of study in a country where English is not the principle language spoken.

An applicant must file an application for licensure/registration with the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, to practice as an acupunturist in New York State. The latest information and requirements for licensure are available on the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions website at http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/acu/

Education Requirements

To satisfy the education requirements for licensure as an acupuncturist, you must present evidence of the following:

Preprofessional College/University Education
Satisfactory completion of at least 60 semester hours at an accredited college or university, including nine semester hours in the biosciences. Biosciences are defined as biological sciences and do not include chemistry or physics. Coursework completed to satisfy your professional education requirement cannot be used to also satisfy the biosciences requirement.

Professional Acupuncture Education
Satisfactory completion of an approved professional acupuncture program registered by the New York State Education Department as licensure qualifying or accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) or another accrediting agency accepted by the Department as a reliable authority, or the equivalent.

Examinations Requirements

You must successfully complete the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine's (NCCAOM) Acupuncture with Point Location exam and Foundations of Oriental Medicine exam. If you successfully completed NCCAOM's Acupuncture Written examination, Point Location examination, and Clean Needle Technique course prior to June 2004, you meet the examination requirement for licensure.

For information regarding the examinations and course, including costs, dates of administration, and content, contact:

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
76 South Laura Street, Suite 1290
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone 904-598-1005
Fax 904-598-5001
E-mail: info@nccaom.org
Web: http://www.nccaom.org/

Your examination results should be sent directly by NCCAOM to:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Acupuncture Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000

Fees: (as of November 1, 2016)

The fee for licensure is $788.
The fee for a limited permit is $70.

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2014, 259 registered licenses were issued for this occupation.
In 2015, 190 registered licenses were issued for this occupation.

As of July 1, 2016, there are 4,250 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Acupuncture Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 1260
E-mail: opunit1@mail.nysed.gov

Standard Occupational Classification

29-1199.01 - Acupuncturists
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
11 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 300
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: 703-548-9004
Fax: 703-548-9079
E-mail: info@nccaom.org

Disclaimer:

Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 11/8/16.

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