Acupuncture Studies in New Hampshire - NH
By Susan Maphis, allied health world contributing writer
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If you want to become a licensed acupuncturist in New Hampshire, you must first be at least 21 years of age. The state also requires that you hold either a bachelor degree, registered nurse (R.N.) degree, or physician assistant degree. Then, you must complete the proper, accredited acupuncture training in New Hampshire. Most schools accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) offer a variety of acupuncture programs, all of which are valid for certification in New Hampshire. Programs may be in Chinese Acupuncture Styles, Japanese Acupuncture Styles, or a dual track.
Courses you can expect to take in most acupuncture programs include Traditional Chinese Medical Theory, Point Location, Etiology and Pathology of Disease, Action and Effects, Chinese Nutrition, and Nutritional Exercise. During the field experience provided through an internship program, you will put to use the skills and knowledge you have learned in the classroom. These experiences usually take place at acupuncture facilities and clinics affiliated with your college or university. After graduation, before you can become licensed to work as an acupuncturist in New Hampshire, you must fill out the state’s application for licensure. You must also pass the examination given by NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine); show proof of your bachelor, R.N. or physician assistant degree; and show that you have completed a post-secondary program in acupuncture studies. You will then file your application with all required materials with the State Of New Hampshire Department OF Health and Human Services, Board of Acupuncture Licensing, State Office Park South, 129 Pleasant Street, Brown Building, Concord, NH 03301. The state has 120 days from the time of the submittal of your application to approve it and grant you a license to practice acupuncture in New Hampshire.