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Mrs. Ann Marie Casey
Board of Registration in Medicine
Acupuncture Unit
10 West Street 3d Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
(617)727-3086 #363
Website: Mass Med Board Website
(Application Forms can be downloaded as pdf files of the site)

2001 REQUIREMENTS FOR A FULL ACUPUNCTURE LICENSE IN MASSACHUSETTS

1. An applicant must be at least 18 years of age

2. An applicant must be of good moral character

3. An applicant must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the English language to understand and to be understood by patients, physicians and Board of Registration of Medicine and Committee on Acupuncture personnel. Effective 6-13-97 if the Massachusetts Licensure Examination is or has been taken in a language other than English the applicant must submit proof of a passing score on the TOEFL exam. The score report must be sent directly from TOEFL to the Acupuncture Unit. NOTE: If an applicant cannot document proficiency in English, an applicant must provide the Acupuncture Unit with the name and address of the interpreter he or she intends to employ once licensed.

4. An applicant must pass the Massachusetts Licensure Exam as follows: (a) National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) Comprehensive Written Exam (CWE/ACUP) [the separately scored portion on Clean Needle Technique was eliminated as of 9-10-98], and (b) National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) Practical Exam of Point Location Skills (PEPLS), and (c) Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) Clean Needle Course (d) Any individual who takes the Massachusetts licensure examination on or after 9-1-99 must take all components of such examination in the English language.

5. Educational Requirements (a) The applicant must have completed two full years of undergraduate study (60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours or the equivalent) at an accredited college or university, (this accredited college or university cannot be your acupuncture school) or foreign institution which the Committee on Acupuncture deems the equivalent. (b) The applicant must have completed, at an accredited college or at a Committee on Acupuncture approved acupuncture school, a three semester hour course in each of the following: general biology, human physiology, and human anatomy. If an applicant wishes to substitute another course as an equivalent for the required general biology, human anatomy and human physiology courses, the applicant must submit either a detailed course de- scription or a course syllabus of the course for the Committee on Acupuncture to review. The Committee on Acupuncture will not accept correspondence or self-study courses or equivalency examinations for any of the required courses. (c) The applicant must have completed a minimum of 1,350 hours of clinical and didactic instruction in acupuncture related courses, of which a minimum of 100 hours must be in the supervised diagnosis and treatment of patients for whom the applicant is solely responsible, in a school approved by the Committee on Acupuncture. Note: Coursework in general biology, human physiology, and human anatomy are excluded from the 1,350 hours of required acupuncture education.) (d) An applicant who plans to employ herbal therapy in his or her practice must have received a minimum of 30 hours of herbal medicine training from a Committee on Acupuncture approved school or Committee on Acupuncture approved program in order to be licensed. (e) An applicant who plans to employ herbal therapy (patent or raw) in his or her practice must submit evidence of completion of one of the following courses of education in herbology: i. Completion of an Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) accredited or candidate status oriental medicine program. ii. Completion of an herbal medicine program offered by an ACAOM accredited or candidate status acupuncture school that meets the curriculum requirements as described in the ACAOM Accreditation Handbook. iii. Completion of an herbal medicine program which the Committee on Acupuncture deems is substantially equivalent to or exceeds the ACAOM curriculum requirements regarding herbal medicine as described in the ACAOM Accreditation Handbook. (f) An applicant who does not plan to employ herbal therapy in his or her practice must have received a minimum of 30 hours of herbal medicine training from a Committee on Acupuncture approved school or Committee on Acupuncture program in order to be licensed.

6. Foreign applicants must have a minimum of five (5) academic years of study, of which three (3) academic years must consist of acupuncture training in a Committee on Acupuncture approved school. All transcripts must be in English and must state the number of hours for each class, the number of hours for the entire program, the number of months in attendance and the date the diploma was awarded. Only foreign schools that are government approved will be recognized by the Committee on Acupuncture. In addition, the Acupuncture Unit will verify the authenticity of the documents submitted by contacting the appropriate issuing institution.

7. An applicant must have graduated from an acupuncture school approved by the Committee on Acupuncture. Note: An acupuncture school must be Committee on Acupuncture approved on the date the applicant graduates from the school.

8. Original transcript must be sent directly from an applicantís undergraduate school to the Acupuncture Unit.

9. Original transcript must be sent directly from an applicantís acupuncture school to the Acupuncture Unit showing the date an applicantís diploma was awarded.

10. Original transcript must be sent directly from an applicantís school(s) to the Acupuncture Unit listing a three (3) credit course in human anatomy; a three (3) credit course in human physiology and a three (3) credit course in general biology