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Georgia

Contact:Ms. Elizabeth Beavers, Licensure Verification Unit
Composite State Board of Medical Examiners
2 Peachtree Street, N.W., 36th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3465
TEL: (404) 657-6489
FAX: (404) 656-9723
E-Mail: medbd@dch.state.ga.us
Web: http://www.medicalboard.state.ga.us/licensure_cert.html

Educational & Examination Requirements.

To be licensed to practice acupuncture, a person must:

   1. Be certified in acupuncture by a national certification agency accredited by the National Organization of Competency Assurance and approved by the joint-secretary; (NCCAOM) and
   2.Successfully complete a nationally recognized clean needle technique course approved by the joint-secretary (CCAOM).

Licensed acupuncturists not having one year of clinical experience must establish a collaborating relationship for a period of one year with an active licensed acupuncturist who has five years of clinical experience.

Ear Acupuncture
Individuals who do not otherwise possess the credentials required for the practice of acupuncture prescribed by this chapter or the regulations promulgated under this chapter may practice auricular (ear) detoxification acupuncture, five ear point procedure, for the sole purpose of the treatment of chemical dependency if they meet the following conditions:

   1. Provide documentation to the joint-secretary of successful completion of a nationally recognized training program in auricular (ear) detoxification acupuncture for the treatment of chemical dependency; and
   2. Provide documentation to the joint-secretary of completion of a nationally recognized clean needle technique course approved by the joint-secretary.

Such treatment may only take place in a city, county, state, federal, or private chemical dependency program, approved by the joint-secretary, under the direct supervision of a licensed acupuncturist or physician acupuncturist.