Texas Acupuncture CEU / PDA Requirements
Texas Acupuncture Continuing Education Requirements
The State of Texas accepts 16 CAEs of NCCAOM approved courses for acupuncture license renewal. To view NCCAOM approved courses, please visit the NCCAOM PDA or CEU course page.
To view Texas Board Approved CAE Courses, scroll below.
Your Requirements: Please read below for details on Texas Acupuncture CAE requirements.
Texas Board Approved Acupuncture CAEs
Additional Information about Texas Acupuncture CAE Requirements
Beginning September 2018, Texas Acupuncturist Registration/Renewal will begin the process of renewing biennially, every 2 years.
To roll out of the biennial renewals, all licensed Acupuncturists are being separated out into 2 groups:
Licenses ending with an even number will register for 2 years in 2018.
Licenses ending with an odd number will register for one year in 2018 and then register for two years in 2019.
Once the roll out is complete, acupuncturists with an even license numbers will continue to renew in even years, and acupuncturists with odd license numbers will renew in odd years.
For those who renew for one year in 2018:
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.
For those who renew for 2 years in 2018 (first round of biennial renewals):
Moving forward acupuncturists will need to complete at least 34 hours of continuing acupuncture education every 24 months. CAE hours should be counted from December 1 2018 – November 30 2020. 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.
Per the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 183:
(1) The required hours shall be from courses that meet one of the following criteria at the time the hours are taken:
(A) 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 as described in subsection (n) of this section;
(B) are offered by approved providers;
(C) have been approved for CAE credit for a minimum of three years by another state acupuncture board having first gone through a formal approval process;
(D) approved by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) for professional development activity credit; or
(E) are provided outside of the United States by a provider of continuing acupuncture education that are acceptable to the Board.
(2) The required CAE hours shall include the following core hours:
(A) At least eight hours shall be in general acupuncture therapies.
(B) At least four of the required hours shall be from a course in ethics and safety.
(C) At least six of the required hours shall be in herbology.
(D) At least four hours of biomedicine.
(E) At least four of the required hours shall be in courses that primarily relate to business practices or office administration.
(3) The remaining CAE hours may be from other courses approved under paragraph (1) of this subsection, subject to the limitations under paragraphs (5) and (6) of this subsection.
(4) Courses may be taught through live lecture, distance learning, or the Internet.
(5) No more than a total of 16 hours completed under paragraph (1)(D) – such as from the NCCAOM – or (E) of this subsection may be applied to the total hours required each registration period.
(6) At least 18 hours applied to the total hours required each registration period must be approved under paragraph (1)(A) – (C) of this subsection.