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Acupuncturist Eligibility Checklist

To be eligible for an Acupuncturist License in Texas, an applicant must be able to answer “Yes” to the following questions:

  • Are you at least 21 years old?

  • Did you complete 60 hours of college in addition to your acupuncture training?

  • Did you complete 1,800 hours of acupuncture training from an accredited acupuncture school?

  • Were 450 hours of the required 1,800 hours of training in herbal training?

  • Did you graduate from an accredited acupuncture school?

  • Have you passed all components of the full NCCAOM examination within 5 attempts per component?

    The full NCCAOM examination:

    • if taken before June 1, 2004 includes: the Comprehensive Written Exam (CWE), the Clean Needle Technique Portion (CNTP), the Practical Examination of Point Location Skills (PEPLS), and the Chinese Herbology Exam; or

    • if taken on or after June 1, 2004 includes: the NCCAOM Foundation of Oriental Medicine Module, Acupuncture Module, Point Location Module, the Chinese Herbology Module, and the Biomedicine Module.

  • Have you taken and passed the CCAOM Clean Needle Technique Course and Practical Examination.

  • Have you passed the Texas Jurisprudence (JP) exam?

  • Can you provide sufficient documentation to the board that you have, on a full-time basis, actively treated persons, been a student at an acceptable approved acupuncture school, or been on the active teaching faculty of an acceptable approved acupuncture school, within either of the last two years preceding receipt of an application for licensure?

  • Can you show proof of English proficiency?