Acupuncture Studies in Massachusetts - MA
Acupuncture training requirements in Massachusetts, are considerably more manageable than those set by states that require Doctor of Medicine (MD) and equivalent degrees. In order to be eligible to practice acupuncture in Massachusetts, a student must complete a training course that includes a minimum of 1350 clinical and didactic training hours. Of the 1350 hours of practical training, a minimum of 100 of those hours must dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of patients as the sole responsible practitioner. The training program must be either accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), or in candidacy status and expecting accreditation.
Acupuncture students in Massachusetts must also pass the exam administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). A properly accredited ACAOM course should thoroughly prepare students to pass the NCCAOM exams, although many students opt to take NCCAOM practice exams as an additional measure of preparation. Practice exams are available from the NCCAOM for a fee of $75.
Unlike many other states, licensed acupuncturists in Massachusetts who wish to include herbal therapy in their services must complete an ACAOM accredited herbal medicine program.