Connecticut Laws & Details
Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)
Formal Education Requirements: Successful
completion of a course of study in acupuncture in a program which,
at the time of graduation, was in candidate status with or accredited
by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and which included a minimum of 1,350 hours of didactic and clinical training, 500 of which were clinical.
Undergraduate Requirements: 60 semester
hours, or its equivalent, of postsecondary study in an institution of
postsecondary education, which, if in the United States or its
territories, was accredited by a recognized regional accrediting body
or, if outside the United States or its territories, was legally
chartered to grant post-secondary degrees in the country in which
Written Exam: The NCCAOM written examination.
Practical Exam: The NCCAOM PEPLS examination.
Other Eligibility Requirements: Must have successfully completed a course in clean needle technique prescribed by the department.
Reciprocity/Endorsement: Applicant must present
evidence of licensure or certification as an acupuncturist in another
state or jurisdiction whose requirements for practice are substantially
similar to or higher than those of Connecticut and that there are no
disciplinary actions or unresolved complaints pending.
Practice by Others
Medical doctors, chiropractors, dentists, physical therapists,
podiatrists, homeopaths, naturopaths, optometrists and veterinarians may practice acupuncture in Connecticut without any specific
Acupuncture may be practiced by a physician assistant or nurse under
the supervision of a licensed medical doctor. A physician
assistant must have graduated from an accredited physician assistant
program and passed the national physician assistant examination.
A physical therapist may practice acupuncture provided he or she is licensed as a physical therapist.
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.
Acupuncture Licensing Section
Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Ave., MS#12 APP
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
(860) 509-8457 (Fax)
Practice Act: Chapter 384C
Connecticut Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CSAOM)
Westport, CT 06880
The Connecticut Holistic Health Association (CHHA)
(Formerly the Greater Hartford Holistic Health Association, GHHHA)
P.O. Box 270477
West Hartford, CT 06127-0477
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