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Arkansas Laws & Details

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Practitioner Title

Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM)

Requirements

Formal Education Requirements:  Graduation from a four-year academic program in acupuncture and Oriental medicine that meets or exceeds ACAOM standards or other criteria as found reasonable by the board.  The program must include a minimum of 800 hours of supervised clinical practice.

Undergraduate Requirements:  None specified.

Other Eligibility Requirements:  None.

Written Exam:  A passing score on a board-approved nationally recognized examination on acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

Physical Exam:  None specified.  The rules allow the board to conduct its own exam.

Reciprocity/Endorsement:  No.

Practice by Others

Medical doctors and osteopaths may practice acupuncture in Arkansas without any specific training. The board of medicine has not set specific training requirements for the practice of acupuncture by medical doctors. 

Chiropractors may practice acupuncture in Arkansas as part of chiropractic practice upon completion of one hundred (100) hours training in acupuncture/meridian therapy from a college accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education.

NOTE: Look for a physician with formal training in the practice of acupuncture. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is an art and a science that takes years to master.  While any licensed physician can stick needles into you, for a positive experience and results, find an acupuncturist with experience treating a similar condition (with acupuncture) to what you have.


Governmental Body

The Arkansas State Board of Acupuncture and Related Techniques
1020 W 4th Street, Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 687-1396


Practice Act: Arkansas State Board of Acupuncture

Local Organizations

Arkansas Association of Oriental Medicine
7117 E. Broad Street
Texarkana, AR 71854
(870) 772-8622
(870) 774-2008 (Fax)

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