CALIFORNIA ACUPUNCTURE CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Continuing education is very important for acupuncturist who to enhance their skills and knowledge in a certain area or learn about advancements in the field with new trends in medical technology. They can choose to train in a number of areas when gaining continuing education. Applicant will need to become certified in order to practice acupuncture medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) provides certification.
Today, there are advance educational programs and continuing education courses in acupuncture Acupuncturist may choose to enroll in these training courses to further the scope of healthcare services to enhance treatment.
Acupuncturist 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 acupuncturist is to take up to 25 acupuncturist continuing education credits hours (CEU every 2 years) to have an acupuncture license.
California Acupuncture CUE 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 acupuncturist 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.al
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.
Note that there is a special NCCAOM provision for acupuncture license renewal: A minimum of 15 NCCAOM acupuncture PDAs must be in one of the “5 branches of Oriental Medicine” and “4 of which must be in Ethics and Safety); according to the NCCAOM. The NCCAOM also requires CPR training for every four years.