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Pennsylvania Laws & Details

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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.

Reciprocity/Endorsement:  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.

Governmental Body

Board of Osteopathic Examiners/Board of Medical Examiners
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17105-2649
(717) 783-1400
(717) 787-7769 (Fax)

Practice Act:  Registration and Practice of Acupuncturists

Local Organizations

Association for Professional Acupuncture in Pennsylvania
3863-900 Union Deposit Road
Harrisburg, PA 17109
(888) 626-9782
(215) 862-1120 (Fax)

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