Maine Laws & Details
Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)
Formal Education Requirements: A
minimum of 1,000 hours of classroom instruction in acupuncture and
related subjects at an institution approved by the board and a minimum
of 300 hours of clinical experience in the field of acupuncture.
Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning,
a license from the state to practice as a registered professional
nurse, or successful completion of the training program and any
competency examination required by the Board of Licensure in Medicine
to be qualifed as a physician assistant.
Written Exam: The NCCAOM examination in English is required.
Practical Exam: None.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
Effective April 2004, certification is required for licensed
acupuncturists to practice the formulation and dispensing of
custom-made Chinese herbal formulations. The board shall adopt
rules specifying the training required for licensed acupuncturists to
obtain the certification for custom-made Chinese herbal formulation.
Endorsement for acupuncture licensing is possible with a current, valid
license to practice acupuncture from another state which has
requirements at least equal to Maine's requirements.
Practice by Others
Medical doctors and osteopaths may practice acupuncture in Maine without any specific training.
A physician assistant may use acupuncture if the supervising physician
is competent in acupuncture, or if the physician assistant has access
to such competence, and the supervising physician has delegated the
authority to perform acupuncture.
Chiropractors must have at least 200 hours of board approved training in order to practice acupuncture.
Naturopathic Doctors may practice “naturopathic acupuncture” if they
have completed a 1,300 hour, board approved acupuncture program and
passed an examination administered by the NCCAOM.
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.
Dept. of Professional and Financial Regulation
Office of Licensing and Enforcement, State House Station #35
Augusta, Maine 04333
Practice Act: Title 32: Chapter 113-A, 02-502
The Maine Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
211 Marginal Way, Suite 270
Portland, Maine 04101
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