Nevada Laws & Details
Doctor of Oriental Medicine
Formal Education Requirements: Completion of
an accredited four-year program of study, or its equivalent, in
Oriental medicine at a school or college of Oriental medicine which is
approved by the board that includes completion of at least 2,800 hours
of instruction, including not less than 2,500 didactic hours, for a
student to have graduated before November 25, 2002; or completion of at
least 3,000 hours of instruction, including not less than 2,500
didactic hours, for a student to graduate on or after November 25,
2002. The program of study must include training or instruction
in the subjects of acupuncture, moxibustion, herbology, Oriental
physiology, Oriental pathology, Oriental diagnosis, tuina, biology,
physics, chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, Western physiology, Western
pathology, Western diagnosis, pharmacology, laboratory and radiology.
Undergraduate Requirements: Bachelor's degree.
Other Eligibility Requirements: The applicant
must submit evidence that he or she has lawfully practiced Oriental
medicine in another state or foreign country for at least four
years. Foreign graduates must achieve a score of at lest 550 on
Written Exam: Examinations in acupuncture and Chinese herbology from a national organization approved by the board.
Practical Exam: Nevada administers a state
practical examination twice per year that includes questions on
acupuncture, herbal medicine, basic medical science and
jurisprudence. The test must be taken in English.
Practice by Others
Medical doctors and osteopaths may practice acupuncture in Nevada if
he or she has received "adequate training". [NOTE:
"Adequate training" has not been defined or legislated.]
Chiropractors may neither practice nor supervise acupuncture.
An "assistant in acupuncture" is restricted in his or her activities
to those procedures which a licensed, supervising Doctor of Oriental
Medicine may request him or her to do by a written order. An
assistant in acupuncture may not perform any diagnosis of patients or
recommend or prescribe any forms of treatment or medication. An
assistant in acupuncture may treat patients only under the direct
supervision of a Doctor of Oriental Medicine who is on the same
premises where the treatment is to be given.
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.
Nevada State Board of Oriental MedicinePractice Act: Chapter 634A - Oriental Medicine and General Provisions
9775 S. Maryland Pkwy., Ste. F-280
Las Vegas, NV 89123
[Note: This address for mailed correspondence only]
(702) 914-8921 (Fax)
Nevada Oriental Medicine Association
2404 Santa Clara
Las Vegas, NV 89103
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