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Tennessee Laws & Details

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Practitioner Title

Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)


Formal Education Requirements:  Successful completion of a three-year postsecondary training program or acupuncture college that is ACAOM accredited or in candidacy status, or which meets ACAOM standards.

Undergraduate Requirements:  None.

Other Eligibility Requirements:  Current, active NCCAOM certification as a diplomate in acupuncture and successful completion of a clean needle technique course approved by the NCCAOM.  There is a grandparenting provision for individuals residing in Tennessee on the effective date of the statute and who have completed an approved apprenticeship or tutorial program that meets NCCAOM standards.

Reciprocity/Endorsement:  An applicant who documents current state licensure in good standing in another state with substantially equivalent or higher standards may also be licensed.

Practice by Others

Acupuncture is within the scope of practice of a medical doctor.

Chiropractors may practice acupuncture upon completion of 250 hours of acupuncture training and passing the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Acupuncture Exam.

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

Tennessee Department of Health
Advisory Committee for Acupuncture

227 French Landing, Suite 300
Nashville, TN  37243
(615) 532-3202 (Local)
(800) 778-4123 (Nationwide)

Practice Act:  Chapter 0880-12

Local Organizations

Tennessee Acupuncture Council
4229 Fort Henry Drive
Kingsport, TN 37663
(423) 239-7044

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