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New Hampshire Laws & Details

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Practitioner Title

Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)


Formal Education Requirements:  Completion of a postsecondary acupuncture college program that is ACAOM or board approved.  All applicants that have graduated from a non-ACAOM college or apprenticeship program must show proof of successful completion of a college level course in anatomy and physiology, be currently licensed in another state, and meet other criteria of clinical training and didactic instruction and/or prove years of patient treatment, teaching, supervising clinic, or publishing.

Undergraduate Requirements:  Applicant must have a baccalaureate, registered nurse or physician assistant degree from an accredited institution.  An applicant who possesses a current, valid license to practice acupuncture from another state, who meets all other requirements of licensure may have this requirement waived by the board if certain, specific criteria are met.

Other Eligibility Requirements:  Applicant must be 21 years of age or older and of good moral character.

Written Exam:  Current, active NCCAOM certification through examination or Credentials Documentation Review is required plus completion of a clean needle technique course approved by the NCCAOM.

Practical ExamNCCAOM PEPLS.

Reciprocity/Endorsement:  None.

Practice by Others

Medical doctors or osteopaths are not required to have any specific training to practice acupuncture.

Chiropractors usually have 100 hours of training, but it is uncertain if this is required by law.

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

New Hampshire Board of Acupuncture Licensing
129 Pleasant Street, Brown Building
Concord, NH 03301-3857
(603) 271-0853
(603) 271-5590 (Fax)
(800) 852-3345 x4814 (Toll-Free Number)
(800) 735-2964 (TDD)

Practice Act:  Title XXX, Occupations and Professions, Chapter 328 G


Local Organizations

New Hampshire Association for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NHAAOM)
1831 Riverside Drive
Berlin, NH 03570
(603) 752-3800

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