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Continuing Education for Acupuncturists

As a prerequisite for acupuncturist registration, practitioners are required to complete continuing acupuncture education.

 

Acupuncturists need to complete at least 17 hours of continuing acupuncture education every 12 months. CAE hours should be counted from December 1 - November 30. The Approved Courses List gives four types of courses: General, Herbal, Ethics, Practice Management/General and Biomedicine as well as whether the course is offered as a live lecture, distance learning or the internet.

 

To ensure compliance with Board Rules, the 17 hours must include:

  • at least 8 hours in General Acupuncture
  • 1 hour in Ethics
  • at least 2 hours in Herbology
  • at least 1 hour of biomedicine, and
  • no more than two of the required hours may be practice enhancement or business or office administration.

 

An acupuncturist must report on the registration permit application if she or he has completed the required CAE.

 

The required hours shall be from courses that are:

  • designated or otherwise approved for credit by the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners based on a review and recommendation of the course content by the Education Committee of the board,
  • are offered by Approved Providers, have been approved for CAE credit for a minimum of 3 years by another state acupuncture board after having gone through a formal approval process,
  • approved by the NCCAOM for professional development activity credit,
  • provided outside the United States by a provider of continuing acupuncture education that are acceptable to the Board.

 

There is a maximum of 34 total excess credit hours that may be carried forward and a limit of two years from the date of the annual registration following the period during which the hours were earned. Excess hours are applied/reported according to their Category.   See Board Rule 183.20 for additional information.

 

Documentation of CE courses shall be made available to the Board upon request, but should not be submitted with the registration. Random audits will be made to assure compliance.

 

If you have any questions regarding continuing education requirements, please email us at registrations@tmb.state.tx.us .

 

 

 

  • Acupuncturists

    Texas Acupuncture Schools

    All three are accredited acupuncture schools in Texas.

    AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine

    4701 West Gate Blvd.
    Austin, Texas 78745
    Phone: (512) 454-1188
    Fax: (512) 454-7001
    www.aoma.edu

    American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

    9100 Park West Drive
    Houston, Texas 77063
    Phone: (713) 780-9777
    Fax: (713) 781-5781
    www.acaom.edu

    Texas Health and Science University

    4005 Manchaca Road, Suite 200
    Austin, Texas 78704
    Phone: (512) 444-8082
    www.thsu.edu

    Certifying Organizations

    National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (formerly NCCA) http://www.nccaom.org/
    11 Canal Center Plaza Suite 300
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    (703) 548-9004

    The Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) http://www.ccaom.org/ 
    3909 National Drive, Suite 125 
    Burtonsville, MD 20866 
    301-476-7790 (ph) 
    301-476-7792 (fax)

    Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (formerly NACSCAOM) http://www.acaom.org/
    Maryland Trade Center #3
    7501 Greenway Center Court 
    Suite 820
    Greenbelt, MD 20770
    (301) 313-0855

     

    Board Rules require the posting of a notice of complaint procedure in English and Spanish. The signs must be displayed prominently, supplied with all bills for services, and/or placed on all registration forms, applications or contracts.