Acupuncture Studies in Maine - ME
Acupuncture training in Maine is quite accessible, even for those who are not Physician's Assistants and have not acquired an MD. Students who wish to gain licensure in the state must first complete an ACAOM accredited acupuncture program. In Maine, acupuncture students must accumulate 1,000 hours of classroom instruction involving or related to the performance of acupuncture. In addition to instruction requirements, up and coming professional acupuncturists must also complete a minimum of 300 hours of field experience in a clinical environment.
After completing the training and field experience requirements, students will need to sit for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) exam. The exam demonstrates that a student has achieved a national standard of acupuncture knowledge, training and practical experience, and ensures that proper state licensure will be granted, which is critical to a career as an independent practitioner in Maine.
The NCCAOM offers students the opportunity to train using practice tests. Practice tests, which cost $75, help students ensure that they're able to pass the expensive exams the first time that they take them, and builds further confidence in the subject matter. The NCCAOM exams cost just under $500, and applicants requesting to retake the exam must wait forty-five days and pay an additional processing fee.