Tennessee Laws & Details
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
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.
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.
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
Tennessee Acupuncture Council
4229 Fort Henry Drive
Kingsport, TN 37663
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