Licensing and Examination Information
The NCCAOM was established by the profession to promote nationally recognized standards in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and to ensure public safety. NCCAOM certification represents professional recognition. It does not authorize or license an individual to practice acupuncture or Chinese Herbal Medicine. Licensure and registration are state regulatory functions.
As of 2009, forty-one states plus the District of Columbia use NCCAOM examinations as an integral part of their licensure process.
The manner in which states use the NCCAOM process varies. In some states, NCCAOM certification is the only educational, training or examination criteria for licensure. Other states have set additional eligibility criteria. A small number of states have additional jurisprudence or practical examination requirements. Please check with the appropriate state agency for information on the application of NCCAOM certification and recent legislation which affects eligibility criteria.
Effective September 13, 2011 individuals applying to take the NCCAOM examinations through the formal education route of eligibility must have documentation of a minimum of the following:
Pre-Graduation Eligibility Requirements for Acupuncture
1490 HOURS OF EDUCATION
Pre-Graduation Eligibility Requirements for Chinese Herbology
2050 HOURS OF EDUCATION:
* 1640 didactic hours (350 must be Chinese Herbology specific)
* 410 clinical hours
Pre-Graduation Eligibility Requirements for Oriental Medicine
2050 HOURS OF EDUCATION:
* 1640 didactic hours
* 410 clinical hours
Graduates of the New York College of Health Professions Graduate School of Oriental Medicine automatically fulfill these eligibility requirements since the Programs are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), recognized by the NCCAOM.
The New York College of Health Professions offers review courses for the NCCAOM exams in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology and for the acupuncture Clean Needle Technique examination through its Continuing Education Department.
The Council for Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) administers the Clean Needle Technique (CNT) Examination as a requirement for licensure in the State of New York. The college believes that anyone wishing to enter the student acupuncture or oriental medicine teaching clinic must first pass this examination as a demonstration of professionalism and competence. Therefore, a passing grade on the CNT Examination is a prerequisite for entrance into the acupuncture and oriental medicine teaching clinics. Students must apply for and pass this exam during the second year of the acupuncture and oriental medicine programs.
Acupuncture has been a licensed profession in the State of New York since 1991. The licensed practitioner of acupuncture in New York State has thereby joined the ranks of the medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, dentist, psychologist and chiropractor as a primary health care provider. Licensed acupuncturists, in other words, may treat patients without first obtaining a medical referral.
Article 160 of the New York State Education Law contains within it the definition of the profession of acupuncture, as well as the scope of practice of the licensed acupuncturist. The law clearly states that a licensed acupuncturist may treat patients for “diseases, disorders and dysfunctions of the body for the purpose of achieving a therapeutic or prophylactic effect.” To paraphrase, the licensed acupuncturist is not limited to the treatment of a particular type of disease condition, nor is he/she confined to treatment of a specific body part. In addition, the law requires that a licensed acupuncturist must advise his/her patients of the importance of medical consultation regarding their condition. The law which governs the practice of acupuncture in New York State affords the practitioner a broad scope of practice, consistent with the holistic perspective promoted by The New York College’s Graduate School of Oriental Medicine.
New York State Education Department Office of Professional Credentialing
Professional Licensing Services
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12230
Ph: 518 473-0221
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
2001 K Street, NW, 3rd Floor North
Washington, DC 20006
Council of Colleges of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (CCAOM)
600 Wyndhurst Ave., Suite 112
Baltimore, MD 21210
Ph: 410 464-6040
Fax: 410 464-6042
Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)
8941 Aztec Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Ph: (952) 212-2434
Fax: 301 313-0912