Pennsylvania Laws & Details
Formal Education Requirements: You are required to have successfully completed an acupuncture program,
which includes a course in needle sterilization techniques. If the
acupuncture educational program is located within the United States,
the applicant must complete two academic years of acupuncture
training. The degree program must meet or exceed standards required
for acupuncture and Oriental medicine programs established by an
accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Undergraduate Requirements: A person trained in the United States must complete two academic years
of a college level educational program. If the acupuncture educational
program is located outside of the United States, an applicant must
graduate from a college with a program of study including Oriental
Medicine and document 300 class hours of study in acupuncture training.
Other Eligibility Requirements: The English language requirement may be met by taking the NCCAOM written exam in English or by obtaining a TOEFL of 550.
Written Exam: The NCCAOM exam is required.
Practical Exam: None.
Practice by Others
Medical doctors and osteopaths must have at least 200 hours of
acupuncture education and be registered by the board in order to
practice acupuncture in Pennsylvania.
Acupuncture is not within the scope of practice for chiropractors.
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.
Board of Osteopathic Examiners/Board of Medical Examiners
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17105-2649
(717) 787-7769 (Fax)
Practice Act: Registration and Practice of Acupuncturists
Association for Professional Acupuncture in Pennsylvania
3863-900 Union Deposit Road
Harrisburg, PA 17109
(215) 862-1120 (Fax)
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