Education and credentials
As extensively-trained specialists in the restoration of normal function to the body’s neural pathways, acupuncturists receive the following training and education:
- Bachelor’s degree in a health or life sciences field
- A three- to four-year Master of Science degree in Acupuncture or Oriental medicine
- In many cases, an advanced doctoral degree in acupuncture or Oriental medicine which provides an additional 1200 hours of training
- Extensive hands-on clinical training in acupuncture
Before they begin practice as acupuncturists, they must also pass their state’s administration of the national exam developed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, in order to receive licensure. To retain their license to practice, they must complete periodic continuing professional education.