Acupuncture Studies in North Carolina - NC
Acupuncture training in North Carolina is a comprehensive system of courses that leads to certification. Many schools that offer acupuncture training also offer programs in other forms of Oriental medicine. North Carolina requires that all candidates for acupuncture licensure attend a three year minimum postgraduate program of study in acupuncture accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Courses that you will encounter in such a program include anatomy, physiology, Chinese medical philosophy and theory, history of Chinese medicine, diagnosis, the art of point selection, the treatment process, integrative medicine, professional skills, clinical observation, and a clinical internship. During your internship, you will get the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and skills you have learned in the classroom setting.
Upon completion of your three-year acupuncture program, you will be awarded a degree or diploma, depending upon your school’s policies. North Carolina requires that you then pass the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) examination, which confers national certification status. You must submit proof of education, your certification, proof that you have taken a Clean Needle Technique course, and fill out the state’s application for licensure. These, along with an application fee of $100 and initial licensure fee of $500, must be sent to the North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board. Your license is not valid until you have received official notification in writing from the board.