FOR CERTIFICATION IN MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE
Candidates for certification in medical acupuncture
must meet minimum general requirements, education and training requirements,
experience requirements and must successfully pass the Board examination
in order to achieve certification.
Application for Board Certification
- Application for Board Certification, accompanied
by required application and examination fees, may be submitted
at any time an applicant feels he or she meets the General and
Education Requirements for Board Certification.
- It is not required that the applicant has met
the Clinical Experience Requirements at the time of submission
of the Application for Board Certification. However, Board Certification
will not be granted until all such requirements have been met
to the satisfaction of the Board.
- Applicants for Certification must submit a
Certification Processing fee of $750, which consists of a non-refundable
$250 application fee, and a $500 examination fee. The portion
of the Processing fee attributable to the examination shall be
waived for those applicants who have successfully completed the
- The Board will conduct such review and
evaluation as necessary to determine whether the applicant
meets the requirements for Board Certification including
the General Requirements, the Education Requirements, the
Clinical Experience Requirements and the Examination Requirements.
- Applicants whose applications have been approved
as to the General Requirements and the Education Requirements
only are considered "board eligible". Those applicants
who have been determined to be "board eligible" may
take the Board Examination. However, Board Certification will
not be granted until all requirements have been met, including
the Clinical Experience requirements.
- Graduation from an accredited allopathic or
osteopathic medical school in the United States or Canada, or
possession of Final Certification by the Educational Commission
for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) if graduated from a medical
school in some other country.
- Possession of a current, valid, unrestricted license to practice allopathic or osteopathic medicine in a state or jurisdiction of the United States or province of Canada.
- The ABMA has adopted a policy that explicitly
establishes that there is no requirement that applicants be a
member of any membership organization or professional society
in order to be eligible to apply for or to receive certification.
- Must have a moral and ethical standing satisfactory
to the Board and in conformity with the Statement of Standards
of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture. Moral and ethical
practices that do not conform to the Statement of Standards may
result in rejection of an application, deferral of examination
or certification, and/or revocation of certification until such
matters have been resolved.
Acupuncture Education and Training Requirements
- Subsequent to graduation from medical school,
the applicant must have satisfactorily completed a minimum of
300 hours of systematic acupuncture education acceptable to the
ABMA. Such education shall include a formal course of study of
not less than 200 hours in a program that meets the WFAS standards
for such courses as determined by the ABMA.
- At least 100 hours of the minimum 300 hours
of education shall have been clinical training acceptable to the
- All training hours must be acupuncture-specific
- Applicants should review the current
list of ABMA approved education programs.
- Applicants who have obtained training through
means other than through an ABMA approved education course must
have the Board review their program to determine acceptability
in lieu of an approved course of study. Detailed information regarding
the content and curriculum of the course, the faculty, and the
teaching methodologies employed in addition to appropriate certificates
documenting successful completion of said training must accompany
the application. The Board, in its sole judgment, shall determine
the acceptability of any such training, on a case-by-case basis.
- For applicants who obtained training from programs
not previously approved by the ABMA, the Board may determine that
an oral interview of the applicant is necessary, in order for
the Board to determine the adequacy of training.
- Applicants who have submitted an Application
for Certification documenting that the applicant has met the education
requirement established by the ABMA will receive notice of eligibility
to sit for the written Board examination.
- The written examination will be conducted
in the Spring each year at the Annual Symposium and at such
additional times during the year as may be determined by
- Applicants who have passed the Proficiency
Examination offered by the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
prior to May 15, 2000, have met the examination process requirement
of the ABMA.
- All applicants desiring to sit for the examination
must meet the educational requirements as set forth above. Applications
must be received not less than 30 days prior to the date of any
examination offering to allow sufficient time for the Board to
review and accept the application if the applicant intends to
sit for that examination. All Applicants for Certification who
have been accepted by the Board will receive notice of each examination
- Applicants, whose acupuncture training was
in a program not pre-approved by the ABMA, may be required to
submit to an oral interview to determine the adequacy of training.
Organizing, scheduling and completing the interview and evaluation
following the interview may require more than 75 days and thus
such applicants should plan accordingly in scheduling which examination
to sit for.
- Applicants desiring to withdraw from an examination
must submit a written request to withdraw not later than 30 days
before the scheduled examination. A refund of $250, ($500 examination
fee less a $250 administrative fee), will be provided for those
who have provided the appropriate notice. No refund will be provided
for withdrawals less than 30 days prior to the scheduled examination
or for candidates who fail to appear for the examination.
- Applicants shall have two years from the time
of notification of eligibility to take the examination. Failure
to take the examination within the two-year period will result
in loss of exam eligibility and forfeiture of all fees paid. Applicants
will need to submit an up dated application, with all appropriate
fees in effect at that time, to reapply for eligibility to take
- Individuals who fail an examination may apply
for admissibility for re-examination during any subsequent examination
period. Fees for re-examination are $500.
Acupuncture Experience Requirement
- Applicants for certification must submit an
affidavit attesting that the applicant has had a minimum of two
years of medical acupuncture clinical experience subsequent to
the completion of the basic 200 hour medical acupuncture training
and an acupuncture case history of not less than 500 medical acupuncture
- Applicants should exercise care in completing
and submitting the affidavit. Submission of a false or inaccurate
affidavit may be cause for the Board to suspend the applicant's
application for a period of up to one year. An affidavit submitted
before two years of clinical experience has been achieved subsequent
to completion of the basic training program is a false affidavit.
The Board reserves the right to require documentation sufficient
to verify the applicant has provided the minimum medical acupuncture
- Acupuncture practice should involve more than
one of the following acupuncture paradigms, including but not
limited to energetic acupuncture, neuroanatomic acupuncture, 5
Elements, TCM, Auricular, Scalp, Hand, etc.
- Applicants for certification must provide confidential
letters of reference from three physicians pertaining to the applicant's
character, professionalism, and standards of clinical practice.
- No decision regarding the applicant's
certification will be made until the physicians from whom references
have been requested have replied. It is the applicant's responsibility
to secure the letters of reference. All information submitted
to the Board by a physician from whom a reference has been requested
will remain confidential and will not be disclosed to the applicant
without the permission of said physician.