Acupuncturists promote, maintain or restore health based on traditional oriental medical concepts of treating specific areas of the human body, known as acupuncture points or meridians, by performing any of the following practices: 1) inserting acupuncture needles; 2) moxibustion; or 3) applying manual, conductive thermal or electrical stimulation through the use of acupuncture needles or any other secondary therapeutic technique except for the use of electromagnetic or ultrasound energy sources.
Code Citation IC, Chapter 147, 148E, & 272C, IAC 653-17
Who Applies Any person wishing to practice acupuncture in the State of Iowa who is not a physician, dentist, podiatrist, or chiropractor.
When To Apply After completing a three year post secondary acupuncture training program or acupuncture college and after obtaining diplomate status in the NCCAOM.
Initial Requirements Applicant must hold current active status as a diplomate in the National Commission for Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the English language to understand and be understood by patients and Board and Committee members, and successfully complete a course in clean needle technique approved by the NCCAOM. Applicant must also successfully complete a three-year post-secondary training program or acupuncture college program which is accredited by, in candidacy for accreditation by, or which meets the standards of, the National Accreditation Commission for Schools and Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Licensed Iowa MDs, DOs, podiatrists, chiropractors, and dentists are not required to be licensed to practice acupuncture.
Duration Two years.
Processing Time Approximately 60 days after completed application is received.
Fee Structure Application: $345 Renewal: $300 - with documented evidence of 30 Professional Development Activity (PDA) points.
Renewal Requirements Demonstrate they hold current, active status as a diplomate from the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Exam Applicants must pass the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) Comprehensive Written Examination. These include acupuncture theory and Clean Needle Technique (CNT).
Additional Information Any person wishing to practice acupuncture in the State of Iowa who is not a physician, dentist, podiatrist, or chiropractor.