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Louisiana Laws & Details

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Practitioner Title

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.

Reciprocity/Endorsement:  No.

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.

Governmental Body

Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
830 Union Street, Suite 100
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-1449
(504) 524-6763

Practice Act: R.S. 37:1360

Local Organizations

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