Michigan Acupuncture BoardLARA
Board of Acupuncture
P.O. Box 3070
Lansing, MI 48909 Phone: 517.335.0918
Acupuncture Licensing requirements for Michigan
Applicants must contact the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and ask them to provide official written verification of current certified diplomat status in Oriental Medicine or Acupuncture. The verification must be sent directly from NCCAOM. The relevant form may be found on the NCCAOM website . It is also attached to the application packet. Application forms along with a fee of $275.00, payable to the State of Michigan should be sent to the Michigan Board of Acupuncture. Although it takes between six and eight weeks to receive a reply, applicants may telephone the Board of Acupuncture on three weeks after the date of submission. Applications that do not include a fee will be returned to the applicant. The application and accompanying fee are valid for two years.
Fingerprints and criminal background check
All applicants for any type of health profession license in the State of Michigan are required to submit two sets of fingerprints and to undergo a criminal background check. Instructions for the Fingerprint Request Form, along with the form itself, may be found online. They are also attached to the application package. The Michican Board will not accept fingerprints that have been obtain for other purposes.
In summary, the procedure is:
- Applicants may have their fingerprints taken at either L-1 Identity Solutions or Cogent Systems. The Agency ID Number 71734k must be used to have the fingerprint report sent for review to the Bureau of Health Professions.
- Applicants must take the completed request form and a driver’s license or federal-issued photo ID to their fingerprinting appointment. There are separate fees for registering or for scheduling an appointment.
- Fingerprints will be scanned and sent to the Michigan State Police, who will notify the Bureau of Health Professions if no criminal history is found. In the event a criminal history is found, the Michigan State Police will forward the record directly to the Bureau of Health Professions.
Acupuncturist Registration by Endorsement
The procedure for acupuncture licensing in Michigan for individuals who are licensed or registered in another state is broadly the same as above.
- Completed application forms are sent to the Michigan Board of Acupuncture along with a $275 fee. Applications sent without the fee will be sent back to the applicant.
- All applicants are required to undergo a criminal background check and submit two sets of fingerprints.
- Applicants must arrange for details of certification and/or verification to be sent from any issuing authority with whom they hold a license or registration directly to the Michigan Board. Copies of licenses will not be accepted.
- As for a new license, the applicant must arrange for NCCAOM to forward verification of current diplomat status directly to the Board.
In cases where the applicant is not a certified diplomat of the NCCAOM, the following must be submitted:
- A copy of the education, examination and any other requirements from the licensing authority with whom the applicant is currently certified
- A copy of the testing or certifying agency’s examination content and passing scores that are required
- An affidavit from the certifying/testing agency describing the certification exam at the time it was administered
- An official affidavit from the state agency describing the legal standards and examination standards that were in effect at the time the applicant was registered or licensed