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Rhode Island Laws & Details

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Practitioner Title

Doctor of Acupuncture


Formal Education Requirements:  Graduation from an ACAOM approved program of at least 36 months and no less than 2,500 hours.

Undergraduate Requirements:  None.

Other Eligibility Requirements:  Applicants must be of good moral character and pass an English proficiency examination.

Written Exam:  The NCCAOM exam.

Practical Exam:  None.

Reciprocity/Endorsement:  The state in which the applicant is licensed must meet the same licensing requirements as Rhode Island, have standards as stringent as Rhode Island, and allow reciprocity with Rhode Island.

Practice by Others

Medical doctors and osteopaths must have at least 300 hours of acupuncture education in order to practice medical acupuncture in Rhode Island.

Acupuncture is not within the scope of practice of 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

Rhode Island Department of Health
Office of Health Professionals Regulation

3 Capitol Hill, Suite 205
Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2828
(401) 222-3352 (Fax)    

Practice Act:  Rules and Regulations for Licensing Doctors of Acupuncture and Acupuncture Assistants

Local Organizations

Rhode Island Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
P.O. Box 6681

Providence, RI 02864
(401) 274-1011

Acupunture Associaton of Rhode Island
Tadeusz Sztykowski
312 Waterman Street
East Providence, RI 02914
(401) 434-3550
(401) 434-4860 (Fax)

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