Acupuncture Studies in New York - NY
Acupuncture training in New York consists of two phases. First, you must complete at least 60 credit hours of coursework at an approved college or university. At least nine of these hours must be in courses in the biological sciences. Then, you must take an approved acupuncture program. These types of programs are offered across the state. Your acupuncture studies must include at least 4050 hours of classroom instruction, clinical experience, and outside assignments.
The following must also be included in these hours: at least 200 classroom hours in anatomy, physiology and pathology; at least 600 classroom hours in acupuncture including principles, channel and point theory, acupuncture physiology, acupuncture pathology; clinical examination and diagnosis, techniques, treatment principles, sterilization and precautions; and at least 650 hours of clinical acupuncture experience, including diagnosis; therapeutic treatment planning; acupuncture needling technique; moxibustion; electroacupuncture; treatment instruction; contraindications; precautions; emergencies; when to refer to other health care practitioners; and acupuncture hygiene.
Following completion of your acupuncture studies, you must pass examinations offered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) (Acupuncture, Foundations of Oriental Medicine and Point Location Modules) and must also take a Clean Needle Technique course. Then, complete the state’s application for licensure and submit it along with supporting documents and a $788 licensure fee to NYS Education Department, Office of the Professions, Division of Professional Licensing Services, Acupuncture Unit, 89 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234-1000.