Acupuncture Studies in Indiana - IN
Indiana sets the bar high for practitioners of acupuncture. Acupuncturists are licensed by the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana. In order to meet the state’s requirements, acupuncturists must have three years of training at a school that is currently accredited by or (at the least) meets the standards of the national accreditation institution, ACAOM.
Additional requirements for licensure include the following:
- A course in maintaining clean needles
- Certification through NCCAOM
- A record free of serious criminal offense that would impact public trust
Acupuncture training in Indiana is rich in practical experience. In fact, NCCAOM certification requires 1,490 hours of education before sitting for exams. Typical coursework includes theories of Oriental medicine as well as the practicalities of needle placement, specialty techniques like moxibustion and cupping, and a thorough understanding of disease pathologies. Ethics is another important part of training, as is professionalism.
NCCAOM certification is good for four years; renewal requires professional development activities (or PDAs). One exciting new option: Acupuncturists can earn up to 10 PDAs each cycle for pro bono humanitarian efforts. They can also pursue other areas of professional interest.
Those already licensed in the medical field in such capacities as doctor or dentist do not need to fulfill NCAAOM’s schooling or testing requirements.