Louisiana Laws & Details
Acupuncturist (MD), Acupuncture Assistant (Non-MD)
Formal Education Requirements: An applicant to be an acupuncture assistant must successfully complete any of the following:
- 36 months training in a school or clinic of traditional Chinese acupuncture approved by the board.
- Passing the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine(NCCAOM) certification examination.
- An individual who has been appointed or employed at a licensed or accredited Louisiana hospital, medical school, or clinic to perform acupuncture for research purposes.
The acupuncturist's assistant shall work under the direction, control, and supervision of a physician and shall perform such duties, services, and functions pertaining to acupuncture as assigned by the supervising physician.
Undergraduate Requirements: None.
Written Exam: None.
Practical Exam: None.
Practice by Others
Medical doctors and osteopaths may practice acupuncture in Louisiana with the successful completion of any of the following:
- Six months of training in traditional Chinese acupuncture in a school or clinic approved by the board.
- Completion of 300 credit hours of continuing medical education in acupuncture designated as category one continuing medical education hours by the American Medical Association.
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.
Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
830 Union Street, Suite 100
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-1449
Practice Act: R.S. 37:1360
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