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Kentucky Laws & Details

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Practitioner Title

Certified Acupuncturist (C.Ac.)


Prior to July 1, 2007, in state residents must have achieved a passing score on the acupuncture examination administered by the NCCAOM and be of good character and reputation.

After July 1, 2007, applicants must have achieved a passing score on the acupuncture examination administered by the NCCAOM and must have graduated from a course of training of at least 1,800 hours, including 300 clinical hours, that is approved by the ACOAM.

Practice by Others

A licensed physician (i.e. medical doctor or osteopath) may practice acupuncture in Kentucky.  There is no specific training required for a medical or osteopathic doctor to practice acupuncture.

Chiropractors 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.

Governmental Body

Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure
310 Whittington Parkway, Suite 1B
Louisville KY 40222
(502) 429-7150
(502) 429-7158 (Fax)

Practice Act:  KRS 311.671 to 311.686

Local Organizations

Kentucky State Association for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (KSAA)
1206 E. Kentucky Street
Louisville, KY 40204

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