Iowa Laws & Details
Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)
Formal Education Requirements: Completion
of a three-year post-secondary training program or acupuncture
college program which is accredited by, in candidacy for accreditation,
or which meets the standards of the ACAOM.
Undergraduate Requirements: None.
Other Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must hold a current active-status NCCAOM
certificate in acupuncture or Oriental medicine. Applicants must
demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the English language to understand
and be understood by patients, medical evaluators, and board and
committee members. An applicant who passes the NCCAOM
exam in English may be presumed to have sufficient proficiency in
English. The board may choose any of the following exams to test
the English proficiency of any other applicant: the TOEFL or TSE.
Written Exam: The NCCAOM comprehensive written examination including the acupuncture theory and clean needle technique portions are required.
Practical Exam: The NCCAOM PEPLS.
Practice by Others
Medical doctors, osteopaths, dentists and podiatrists may practice acupuncture in Iowa without any specific training.
Chiropractors must complete 100 hours of classroom instruction and the
certification exam given by a board-approved continuing education
sponsor for acupuncture.
A physician assistant may not practice acupuncture.
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.
Iowa Board of Medicine
400 SW 8th Street, Suite C
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-4686
(515) 242-5908 (Fax)
Practice Act: Chapter 148E Acupuncture
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