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  • Can fees be refunded?

    Refunds of application/registration fees are available in very limited circumstances. These fees may be refunded in cases of administrative error by the TMB; applicants who withdraw their applications within 45 days of initial application, licensees who retire or request cancellation within 90 days of paying the fee, or on behalf of applicants/licensees who die within 90 days of paying the fee. A pro-rated refund may be requested for good cause by a spouse or personal representative of an applicant/licensee who has died more than 90 days after paying the application/registration fee. Refund circumstances are addressed in Board rule 175.5(c).

    How long does it take to process a license application?

    Individual application processing time will vary according to the complexity of the application. Factors that increase complexity are “yes” answers to any of the Professionalism questions on the application.  

    What topics will the Jurisprudence Examination cover?

    The statute requires that jurisprudence examinations be conducted on the licensing requirements and other laws, rules, or regulations applicable in this state.

    Is there a reduced fee for military applicants?

    Senate Bill 807, effective on 9/1/2015, allows for the waiver of application fees for any military service member, military spouse or military veteran.  There is no current reduced registration fee.

    What are the basic requirements to be licensed as an acupuncturist in Texas?

    Information on licensure requirements is available under Board Rules Section Chapter 183, Section 183.4 Procedural Rules for Licensure Applicants. The following is paraphrased from that rule. We encourage you to read the entire rule.     

    • Submit an application online for licensure and pay the $305 application fee.     
    • Complete 60 hours of college hours in addition to acupuncture training     
    • Complete 1,800 hours of Acupuncture training from an accredited acupuncture school.    
    • 450 hours of the required 1,800 hours of training must be in herbal training.     
    • Graduation from an accredited acupuncture school.     
    • Take and pass the full NCCAOM examination     
    • Take and pass the CCAOM Clean Needle Technique Course and Practical Examination.     
    • Take and pass the jurisprudence examination     
    • Prove English Proficiency. 

    What do I study to prepare for the Acupuncture jurisprudence examination?

    Below is a link for all of the possible questions and answers. The examination you take will be composed of 50 questions, randomly selected from this group.

    What is the contact information for the NCCAOM (formerly NCCA), CCAOM, and ACAOM (formerly NACSCAOM)?

    Contact information for certifying organizations is as follows: National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (formerly NCCA) 11 Canal Center Plaza Suite 300 Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 548-9004 The Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) 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) Maryland Trade Center #3 7501 Greenway Center Court Suite 820 Greenbelt, MD 20770 (301) 313-0855

    What acupuncture schools in Texas are accredited or in the candidacy process to become accredited?

    AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine 4701 West Gate Blvd Austin, Texas 78745 Phone: (512) 492-3017 Fax: (512) 454-7001 American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine 9100 Park West Drive Houston, Texas 77063 Phone: (713) 780-9777 Texas Health and Science University (formerly Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine) 4005 Manchaca Road, Suite 200 Austin, Texas 78704 Phone: (512) 448-9999 Fax: (512) 444-6345

    Is there an Acupuncture temporary license?

    Yes. You may request that one be issued once your file is complete so that you can practice until the next Board meeting, when a permanent license will be issued. The fee is $107.