Acupuncture Studies in Missouri - MO
In Missouri, acupuncturists are licensed by the Acupuncturist Advisory Committee, under the banner of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration. Prospective Missouri acupuncturists must provide proof of NCCAOM certification or proof of licensure in good standing elsewhere. In order to achieve certification through NCCAOM, a prospective acupuncturist must graduate from an approved program and pass board exams. Nearly 1500 hours of training are required before one is even allowed to sit for examinations. Those who meet all requirements for licensure ultimately earn the title L.Ac, which stands for licensed acupuncturist.
Education requirements do not end with licensure. Thirty professional development units are required every two years for license renewal (excepting the first year). These can come from a mixture of sources, which can include pro bono work and classes in CPR and ethics.
Prospective Missouri acupuncturists should know that there are additional routes to acupuncture practice, though, if one is already licensed in an approved health or medical field. Acupuncture falls under the scope of practice of doctors and osteopaths, and chiropractors, too, may practice, if they have an additional hundred hours of classes.
Acupuncture training in Missouri is a big commitment, but potentially a very rewarding one.