California Acupuncture CEU / PDA Courses & Requirements

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California Acupuncture Continuing Education

California Board Provider #1304
CA Acupuncture Recertification Requirements:

ACE offers acupuncturists in California both “Category I” and “Category II” CEU courses. 
The California Acupuncture Board requires acupuncturists to obtain 50 CEUs every two years before the last day of your birthday month.
Here is the break down of the 50 Credits:
  • 25 credits Distance Learning (ex. Online Article).
  • 25 Credits Have to be Live (ex. Class face to face interaction).
  • 5 credits out of the 50 could be business or practice management courses.
Please note – The California Board does not require any NCCAOM Certification.  The packages listed on this page are specific to California Board Recertification. 

California Acupuncture CEUs

California Acupuncture Board Approved

Distance Learning Reading Material

California ONLY CEU Reading Courses Option 1

Buy 23 CEUs, Get 2 CEUs Free!  Savings of $19.98. Total $229.77
Fulfills two years of Long Distance California course requirement.

Courses Included:
Acupuncture for Sciatica – Part 1: Anatomy
(6 CEUs)
Acupuncture for Sciatica – Part 2: Symptoms
(4 CEUs)
Acupuncture for Sciatica – Part 3: Western Tx
(6 CEUs)
Acupuncture for Sciatica – Part 4: Eastern Tx
(4 CEUs)
Acupuncture Business Success – Part 1 (Category II, 5 CEUs)

California ONLY CEU Reading Courses Option 2

Buy 14 CEUs
Get 1 FREE! – You Save $9.99

Courses Included:
Acupuncture for Sciatica – Part 1: Anatomy
(6 CEUs)
3 Basic Lessons in Nutrition
(3 CEUs)
Acupuncture Ethics Part 1
(2 CEUs)
3 Safety Lessons – Acupuncture for Pediatrics
(2 CEUs)
3 Safety Lessons – Anatomy & Acupuncture
(2 CEUs) 

California CEU Reading Courses Option 3

Buy a Course Individually, Full Price $9.99 per Credit
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Drugs with Severe Side Effects Acupuncture CE

10 Drugs with Severe Side Effects

California (Cat I) Approved Only
19 CEUs
In this course, providers will review medications that should be taken with caution due to their extreme side effects. The lesson will cover what side effects to look out for and when a patient should contact their doctor immediately. Certain medications and lifestyle choices, such as smoking and drinking, may increase a patients risk for side effects of a medication. Symptoms of stopping medications will be discussed, as well as what to do when a dosage is missed.
Acupuncture CEU Breast Cancer Awareness

20 Things to Know about Breast Cancer

California (Cat I) Approved Only
19 CEUs
This course dives into many key topics involving breast cancer. The provider can expect to learn about how breast cancer begins, how it spreads, health screening, possible risk factors, environmental risk factors, genetic risk factors, male vs. female breast cancer, drugs to reduce the risk, possible treatment options, side effects of these options and much more.
Acupuncture Courses Online 8 Things You Need to Know About CNS Tumors

8 Things You Need to Know About CNS Tumors

NCCAOM, Florida Board (Biomedical Sciences) & California (Cat I) Approved Only
16 CEUs/PDAs – AOM-BIO Category
This course will cover information & research on Tumors of the CNS: Brain & Spinal Cord. Key topics to be discussed recent advances in medicine toward eliminating cancer, and understanding the various types of cancer that impact the brain and spinal cord. We go over in detail metastatic spinal disease , diagnostic tools, positron emission tomography (PET) scan, future genetic screening and treatment, hereditary diseases causing CNS tumors, types of Neurofibromatosis, von Hippel-Lindau disease, & common types of CNS tumors.
Science of Headaches Acupuncture CEU

The Science of Headaches

NCCAOM, Florida Board (Biomedical Sciences) & California (Cat I) Approved Only
16 CEUs/PDAs – AOM-BIO Category
In this course, we will discuss different types of headaches and the science behind how they are caused. Different types of symptoms will be reviewed so that patients can be properly diagnosed and treated for the correct headache.
Infertility Acupuncture CEU Online

Acupuncture Infertility Basics

NCCAOM, Florida, California (Cat I), & Texas CAE Approved 
15 CEUs/PDAs – AOM-BIO Category
Do you need a great course to enhance your knowledge on infertility? We have you covered for a great price. In Acupuncture Infertility Basics, we explore in depth the risk factors of infertility, think about stress management plans for our patients, learn a little more about male infertility, and evaluate the important role nutrition plays for women and men looking to conceive. In addition, we provide a comprehensive guideline of acupuncture/acupressure points that can be used to enhance your practice. Fascinating research on acupuncture and infertility will also be discussed. An excellent class for all acupuncturists looking to increase their knowledge base on infertility to help lead their patients to a successful pregnancy.
acupuncture for insomnia

A Basic Acupuncture Guide to Insomnia

California Approved Only (Category I)
14 CEUs
Do you see a lot of patients in your practice seeking treatment for insomnia? For a great price, this course will discuss a variety of research studies done on acupuncture for insomnia, review acupuncture points for treatment, provide a comprehensive over view of the CAUSES of insomnia, and additional tips and techniques will be explained on getting a restful sleep. Education will be provided on the different prescription medications for insomnia and their potential side effects. Some questions we will answer in this course: Are herbs combined with acupuncture more effective in treating insomnia than just herbs alone? Does aromatherapy with use of essential oils work to promote restful sleep? Can beta-blockers cause insomnia? These questions and more will be answered in “A Basic Acupuncture Guide to Insomnia”!
Sciatica CEU

Acupuncture for Sciatica - 6 CEUs

California (Category I) Approved Only
6 CEUs
Learn about Sciatica Anatomy & Physiology, with a review of popular acupuncture points to treat this condition.
Acupuncture Continuing Education Business

Acupuncture Business Success Part 1

NCCAOM & California Approved Category II
5 CEUs/PDAs – PE-CW Category
What makes a successful practice? What do you achieve when you combine new technology, low overhead, numerous marketing options and excellent customer service? You get a successful acupuncture practice. This seminar is designed to: Reduce acupuncturist workload; Minimize overhead; Maximize marketing efforts; Improve doctor-patient relationships; and Business Investment. This course will ultimately teach you how to eliminate waste and maximize your investment.
Nutrition Research Course for Acupuncturists

"A Balanced Diet": Understanding Nutrition Through Research

NCCAOM, Florida Board (General Hours) & California (Category I) Approved Only
4 CEUs/PDAs – AOM-BIO Category
This course will cover research conducted on different areas of nutrition such as high fiber diets, disease prevention through nutrition, the best type of diet for weight loss, the effects of diet on neurocognitive function, the real effectiveness of oral supplements, and under what scenarios we receive the most benefit from them. Additionally, areas of nutrition research that highlight the benefits of exercise & diet on longevity and quality of life will be discussed.
Acupuncture CEUs Nutrition

3 Basic Lessons in Nutrition

NCCAOM, Florida Board (General Hours) & California (Category I) Approved Only
3 CEUs/PDAs – AOM-BIO Category
The purpose of this course is to breakdown the science behind nutrition into 3 specific topics: understanding the breakdown of protein, fat, and carbohydrates, ketogenesis, and intermittent fasting. The goal of this class is to help the student understand the functions and effects of food on the body. This course has a strong correlation with oriental medicine because the food we eat can make us better or worse, and proper nutrition can work to assist any complimentary acupuncture treatments.
Herbal Safety Acupuncture CE

Acupuncture Herbal Safety

NCCAOM, California (Category I) & Florida Board (Medical Errors) Approved
2 CEUs/PDAs – Safety Category
Do you love working with herbs and believe they can be a great addition to acupuncture treatments? For a great price, this class goes over herbal safety rules, regulations, prevention of medical errors, and important details providers must know before prescribing herbs to patients. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to identify safety recommendations for herbs that can be used to enhance your every day practice, as well as valuable tools/lessons that can be used to keep your patients and yourself safe.
doctor business

Acupuncture Ethics Part 1

NCCAOM, California (Category I), & Florida Board (Laws & Rules) Approved Only
2 CEUs/PDAs – Ethics Category
Review your knowledge on patient ethics, professional ethics, professional boundaries, and public ethics in the health care field. 
acupuncture for pediatrics

3 Safety Lessons - Acupuncture for Pediatrics

NCCAOM, Florida & California (Category I) Approved 
2 CEUs/PDAs – Safety Category
Do you love helping children in your acupuncture practice?  For a great price, this course offers safety tips, techniques, and lessons on how to help your pediatric patient get the most out of their acupuncture treatment.  Safety tips for both the acupuncture for provider and the child receiving treatment will be gone over in detail and we also review interesting research on pediatric acupuncture and safety.  A wonderful course for anyone who loves working in the pediatric setting.
Acupuncture Courses Online Ethics Billing Healthcare Fraud

A Basic Ethics Guide in Billing: Laws, Regulations, & Fraud

NCCAOM, Florida Board (General Hours) & California Approved Category II
2 CEUs/PDAs – Ethics Category
This course will provide a detailed discussion on ethics for insurance billing laws and regulations, patient ethics and how this connects HIPAA law for insurance billing, OIG compliance, health care fraud, as well as identify real life examples that you can learn from.
Bacterial Infection Acupuncture CE

A Bacterial Infection & Safety

NCCAOM, Florida Board (General Hours) & California (Category I) Approved Only
2 CEUs/PDAs – Safety Category
This course will discuss different types of bacterial infections, their mechanism of action when causing infection, how bacteria reproduces, how bacterial infections are treated, including effectiveness of various antibiotics. Antibiotic resistant bacteria will be explained with advice on how we can prevent this from developing when we are ill. Why are some bacteria good for us? What tests can be done to detect a bacterial infection? What safety measures can practitioners use to prevent bacterial infections?
Professional Boundaries Course for Acupuncturists

A Basic Ethics Guide in Professional Boundaries

NCCAOM, Florida Board (Laws & Rules) & California (Category I) Approved 
2 CEUs/PDAs – Ethics Category
This course will shine light on the meaning behind professional boundaries and ethics when interacting with patients and staff. Due to the sometimes personal nature of the patient-provider relationship, this is a vital area of conversation so Acupuncture/TCM providers can respond appropriately to situations where professional boundaries may be crossed. Respect, communication, trust, and maintaining the highest level of professionalism with all patients and staff working within the practice will be considered in this course. Professional boundaries and social media, power differentials, professional integrity, sharing of personal information, and potential legal ramifications of unethical conduct with a patient are all discussed in detail.
Acupuncture Courses Online Sexual Boundary Training

"2 Ethical Lessons" - Sexual Boundaries

NCCAOM & California (Category I) Approved Only
2 CEUs/PDAs – Ethics Category
This course will cover 2 key concepts in regards to the patient-provider relationships. First, providers will learn more about sexual boundaries, such as establishing appropriate vs. inappropriate communication/contact with patients and how patient culture and diversity tie into the matter. Secondly, providers will gain an understanding how to appropriately handle situations where boundaries (as the provider) are crossed by a patient.
Acupuncture Herbal Safety Part 2 Continuing Education Course

Acupuncture Herbal Safety Part 2

NCCAOM, California & Florida Board (Medical Errors) Approved Only
2 CEUs/PDAs – Safety Category
Do you love herbs and want to learn more about them?  For a great price, Acupuncture Herbal Safety Part 2 (2 PDA Points in the NCCAOM Safety Category) goes into more depth on the potential adverse effects of Chinese Herbs, their healing indications, and the management & storage of these herbs.  An excellent Safety class for any practitioner using and prescribing patients herbs in their day to day practice.
Acupuncture CEU Billing and Coding Ethics

2 Ethical Billing & Coding Tips

NCCAOM, Florida Board (Laws & Rules) & California (Category II) Approved Only
2 CEUs/PDAs – Ethics Category
This course will cover a detailed explanation of insurance billing in the scope of patient security in the ever changing world of health care information technology, including key legal policies all providers need to be aware of. Laws and regulations guiding the medical industry will be discussed, including the HIPAA Act, False Claims Act, Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Law, and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Ethical procedures in regards to electronic billing, software use in electronic billing, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), filing Manual Claims, CMS-1500 form, UB-04, and understanding the processes of medical clearinghouses will all be discussed.
Transmittable Diseases Acupuncture CEUs

Acupuncture Safety: Transmittable Diseases

NCCAOM & California (Category I) Approved Only
2 CEUs/PDAs – Safety Category
This course will discuss a variety of transmittable diseases, how they are spread, and prevention techniques to keep your practice clean and safe. Diseases that are discussed include HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Influenza, Malaria, Polio, Tuberculosis. This class is worth 2 PDA points for the Safety Category.
3 Safety Lessons Anatomy Acupuncture

3 Safety Lessons - Anatomy & Acupuncture

NCCAOM, Florida Board (Medical Errors) & California Approved Only
2 CEUs/PDAs – Safety Category
This course will focus on specific cases where injuries have occurred due to incorrect acupuncture needling, and we will identify regions of the body that are are more at risk for these types of injuries. A review of anatomy, the central nervous system, and peripheral nervous system will be taught in connection with safety lessons based on previous case studies and reported incidents.



Continuing education is very important for acupuncturists who want to enhance their skills and knowledge in a certain area, learn about advancements in the field, or new trends in medical technology. They can choose to self-educate in a number of areas when gaining continuing education. 

Today, there are advance educational programs and continuing education courses in acupuncture.  The Acupuncturist may choose to enroll in these training courses to further the scope of healthcare services to enhance treatment.

Acupuncturists in California must pass the state Acupuncture Board, upon passing the practitioner is giving the title Licensed Acupuncturist, abbreviated L.Ac. They use this title after their name. It is important that the practitioner be licensed in the state. All California licensed acupuncturists are required to complete continuing education to maintain their licensure.  Please check the board website for additional information on your requirements. 

California Acupuncture CEU and PDA Requirements

*50 hours of continuing education units (CEU) every two years.

*25 CEU’s of the total 50 CEU is distance learning credits.

*5 credits could be for practice management courses.

The California Acupuncture Board requires an acupuncturist to retain records of continuing education courses for a minimum of 4 years.  All acupuncturist courses must be certified by both California   Acupuncture CUEs and  NCCAOM  PDAs  (1 PDA = 1 CEU).

The national NCCAOM license allows for all of the required credits (PDA points) to be completed online whereas the California Acupuncture Board allows 50% of the required continuing education credits (CEUs) to be completed.

License Renewal Requirements

For acupuncturists with a new license that has been issued for less than two years, the requirements for CEUs vary. An acupuncturist with a California license renewal due who has maintained their license:

* 13-16 months is required to complete 35 continuing education units (CEUs).

* 17-20 months, 40 acupuncture CEUs are require for acupuncture license renewal.

*21-23 months, acupuncture license recertification requires 45 acupuncture CEUs

The acupuncture license renewal fee is every two years.  Acupuncturists are required to submit the fee and the California Acupuncture Board application before the expiration date. Since it is illegal to practice acupuncture in California without an acupuncture license, all acupuncturists practicing with an expired license are subjects to disciplinary action. Additional fee is added to the license renewal fee, if it is not paid by the expiration date.

Acupuncture license expire on the last day of the birth month of the licensee every two years. A license that has expired may be renewed with three years after its expiration by filing an application for acupuncture license renewal with the California Acupuncture Board. After three years of acupuncture expiration date, the license cannot be renewed.