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Practitioner Title

Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)


Formal Education Requirements:  Completion of 4,050 clock hours (equivalent to a three-year program) of didactic and clinical work.  Completion of an ACAOM accredited program may be accepted as meeting New York's professional education requirement.

Undergraduate Requirements:  60 semester hours of undergraduate work including 9 semester hours of biosciences.

Other Eligibility Requirements:  Applicants must be 21 years old and of good moral character.  Applicants whose application is based upon credit granted for the completion of courses of study in a country where English is not the principal language spoken must demonstrate English language competency.  The requirement may be met by taking the NCCAOM exam in English; the General Education Development Test given for the GED Certificate; a proficiency exam to meet immigration or licensure requirements such as the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, the Visa Qualifying Examination, the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination in the Medical Sciences or the Official Michigan English Language Assessment Battery; scoring 500 on the TOEFL or post-secondary study at a university or college that would be accepted toward meeting degree requirements.

Written Exam:  The NCCAOM written examination.

Practical Exam:  The NCCAOM PEPLS examination and a clean needle technique course approved by NCCAOM.

Reciprocity/Endorsement:  None.


Practice by Others

In order to practice acupuncture in New York, a medical doctor or osteopath must have a minimum of 300 hours of training in acupuncture.  They hold the title "Certified Acupuncturist (C.A.)"

Acupuncture is not within the scope of practice of chiropractors.

Acupuncture is not within the scope of physical therapy.

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 York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Acupuncture Unit

89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
(518) 474-3817, ext. 270
(518) 402-5354 (Fax)

Practice Act:  Article 160, Part 29, Part 52.16, Subpart 79-2 and Part 60

Local Organizations

Acupuncture Society of New York
P.O. Box 1070
New Paltz, NY 12561-1070
(914) 923-0632
(845) 255-9192 (Fax)

United Alliance of NYS Licensed Acupuncturists, Inc
Ming Gin
161 Madison Ave., 12th Floor
New York, NY 10016
(212) 686-8689
(212) 686-8968 (Fax)

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