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Continuing Education for Acupuncturists

As a prerequisite for acupuncturist registration, practitioners are required to complete continuing acupuncture education.

 

As of September 2018 Acupuncturist Registration/Renewal will begin the process of renewing biennially (every 2 years).

In order to stagger the roll out of the biennial renewals, all licensed Acupuncturists are being separated out into 2 groups.  Licenses ending with an even number will register for 2 years in 2018.  Licenses ending with an odd number will register for one year in 2018 and then register for two years in 2019.  Once the roll out is complete, even license numbers will continue to renew in even years, and odd license numbers will renew in odd years.

 

For those who renew for one year in 2018: 

  • Acupuncturists need to complete at least 17 hours of continuing acupuncture education every 12 months. CAE hours should be counted from December 1 - November 30.  The Approved Courses List gives five types of courses: General, Herbal, Ethics, Biomedicine and Practice Management/Business Administration as well as whether the course is offered as a live lecture, distance learning or the internet.

 

For those who renew for 2 years in 2018 (first round of biennial renewals):

  • Moving forward acupuncturists will need to complete at least 34 hours of continuing acupuncture education every 24 months. CAE hours should be counted from December 1 2018 - November 30 2020. The Approved Courses List gives five types of courses: General, Herbal, Ethics, Biomedicine and Practice Management/Business Administration as well as whether the course is offered as a live lecture, distance learning or the internet.

 

Documentation of CE courses shall be made available to the Board upon request, but should not be submitted with the registration. Random audits will be made to assure compliance.

If you have any questions regarding continuing education requirements, please email us at registrations@tmb.state.tx.us .

 

The required hours shall be from courses that meet at least one of the qualifications listed below:

  • designated or otherwise approved for credit by the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners based on a review and recommendation of the course content by the Education Committee of the board  (see “Board Approved CAE Courses” tab below),
  • are offered by Approved Providers  (see “Board Approved CAE Providers” tab below),
  • have been approved for CAE credit for a minimum of 3 years by another state acupuncture board after having gone through a formal approval process,
  • approved by the NCCAOM for professional development activity credit, OR
  • provided outside the United States by a provider of continuing acupuncture education that are acceptable to the Board.
  • Acupuncturists

    Texas Acupuncture Schools

    All three are accredited acupuncture schools in Texas.

    AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine

    4701 West Gate Blvd.
    Austin, Texas 78745
    Phone: (512) 454-1188
    Fax: (512) 454-7001
    www.aoma.edu

    American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

    9100 Park West Drive
    Houston, Texas 77063
    Phone: (713) 780-9777
    Fax: (713) 781-5781
    www.acaom.edu

    Texas Health and Science University

    4005 Manchaca Road, Suite 200
    Austin, Texas 78704
    Phone: (512) 444-8082
    www.thsu.edu

    Certifying Organizations

    National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (formerly NCCA) http://www.nccaom.org/
    11 Canal Center Plaza Suite 300
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    (703) 548-9004

    The Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) http://www.ccaom.org/ 
    3909 National Drive, Suite 125 
    Burtonsville, MD 20866 
    301-476-7790 (ph) 
    301-476-7792 (fax)

    Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (formerly NACSCAOM) http://www.acaom.org/
    Maryland Trade Center #3
    7501 Greenway Center Court 
    Suite 820
    Greenbelt, MD 20770
    (301) 313-0855

     

    Board Rules require the posting of a notice of complaint procedure in English and Spanish. The signs must be displayed prominently, supplied with all bills for services, and/or placed on all registration forms, applications or contracts.