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Altern Ther Health Med. 1999 Jul;5(4):94-6.

Current licensure for acupuncture in the United States.

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Department of Psychology at the State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook, USA.


This article reviews current licensure and certification standards for the practice of acupuncture in the United States. It serves as a current reference for the regulation of the practice of acupuncture, the licensing of acupuncturists, and the certification and training of physicians, chiropractors, dentists, podiatrists, and naturopathic physicians to practice acupuncture. Two national accreditation bodies are responsible for certifying acupuncture training and practice. The Accreditation Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine establishes accreditation criteria and curriculum evaluation of acupuncture training programs. The National Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine certifies individuals to practice acupuncture in the United States. Although national standards have been established, regulations regarding training and the practice of acupuncture are determined individually by each state, and tend to vary widely. Typical acupuncture training curricula for physicians and chiropractors are discussed, and variations in training requirements by state for acupuncturists and each of the other 5 disciplines is provided.

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