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Kansas Laws & Details

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Practitioner Title

Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)


Formal Education Requirements: Successfully completed secondary schooling or its equivalent;
Satisfactorily completed a course of study involving acupuncture from an accredited school of acupuncture which the Board of Healing Arts has determined to have educational standards substantially equivalent to the minimum educational standards for acupuncture colleges as established by the ACAOM or NCCAOM

Written Exam:  Successfully pass the NCCAOM Exam including Foundations of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture with Point Location Exam, Biomedicine Exam and Chinese Herbology Exam.

Other Eligibility Requirements: Is at least 21 years of age; Has evidence of maintenance of professional liability insurance; Has reasonable ability to communicate in English

Reciprocity/Endorsement:  Yes.  Reciprocal licensure is allowed for individuals in the active practice of acupuncture in another state, territory, District of Columbia, or other country upon certification from the proper licensing authority that the applicant is duly licensed; has never had his or her license limited, suspended, or revoked; has never been censured or received other disciplinary actions; and, as far as the records of such authority are concerned, the applicant is entitled to such licensing authority’s endorsement.

Practice by Others

Medical doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors, dentists and podiatrists may practice acupuncture in Kansas without any specific training.

Naturopaths may practice naturopathic acupuncture if they have obtained a specialty certification issued by the Board.

Physical therapists may performing dry needling, trigger point therapy, or services specifically authorized under the Physical Therapy Practice Act.

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

Kansas State Board of Healing Arts
Acupuncture Advisory Council
800 SW Jackson, Lower Level, Suite A
Topeka, KS 66612
(888) 886-7205
(785) 296-7413
(785) 368-7102 Fax

Practice Act: Healing Arts Act HB 2615 The Acupuncture Practice Act

Local Organizations

Kansas Association of Oriental Medicine (KsAOM)
c/o Shelly Callahan, Treasurer
1100 E. Lost Hills Street
Derby, KS 67037