Why a Licensed Acupuncturist?
By DrO
December 09, 2011
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To become a licensed acupuncturist in the State of Florida, a candidate must attend an accredited institution of higher learning that will provide a program that encompasses a minimum of over 3,114 hours of education, 900 of those being clinical training and the remainder didactic(classroom). The candidate must complete a minimum of 350 patient treatments under the guidance of a clinical supervisor prior to graduation. The clincial supervisor is a Florida licensed Acupuncturist. Upon completion of the program, candidates will receive both a Bachelor Degree of Professional Health Studies and a Master Degree of Oriental Medicine. A candidate will need to both take and pass National Board Exams which is a requirement to apply for Acupuncture licensure in the State of Florida. Upon the successful completion of the exams, licensure is obtained and National Board Certification can be granted by the National Certification Commision for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. National Board Certification is the highest educational qualification for the Acupuncturist.

There are other medical disciplines in which under their scope of practice act, are, with the appropriate post graduate training or examination, allowed to administer acupuncture to patients, however this is termed "Medical Acupuncture" and because  these professionals do not have a separate Acupuncture license, under Florida law they do not have "Licensed Acupuncturist" status or designation. Some of these other professionals may not be able to perform therefore the full scope of services that a "Licensed Acupuncturist" is able to perform under Florida Law. Their certification is not part of or recognized by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. So, when considering Acupuncture  services a "Licensed Acupuncturist" with National Board Certification by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is your most qualified professonal.