Missouri Acupuncture Board3605 Missouri Boulevard P.O. Box 672 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0672 Phone: 573.571.1655
The government body responsible for acupuncture licensing in Missouri is the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration, Division 2015 – Acupuncturist Advisory Committee. Guidelines for applying for a license are found in Chapter 2 of the Department’s Rules.
License Requirements for Missouri
Application forms for licensure may be obtained from the Acupuncture Advisory Committee or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The completed application must be either typewritten or completed in blank ink, notarized and submitted to the committee along with the following documentation:
- Two sets of fingerprints
- Proof of Age – Applicants must be over the age of 21.
- Acceptable forms of identification include: Driver’s License, ID Card or Certified copy of birth certificate.
New license applications: Missouri requires certification by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Applicants must arrange for NCCAOM to send verification of certification to the Advisory Committee. Applicants whose training in acupuncture took place outside the United States may be considered for licensure if they are certified by NCCAOM as a diplomate in acupuncture.
Transferring your License to Missouri
Applicants who hold a license from another state or from outside the United States must complete the procedure as described above for new license applications. In addition, they are required to submit the following:
- A copy of the certifying jurisdiction’s laws, rules and regulations concerning the regulation of acupuncture
- Instruct the certifying jurisdiction to provide verification of certification to the Advisory Committee.
Verification should include the status of the applicant’s license, original issue date of the license, expiration date of the license and any lapses in certification. Information regarding disciplinary actions, investigations or complaints should also be forwarded to the Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee will review information from external certifying jurisdictions to determine equivalency with Missouri state requirements. Applicants will be informed in writing of the results of the review.
License Renewal and Continuing Education
Licenses may be renewed on or before the expiration date by sending in a renewal form along with the necessary fee. Receipt of this documentation after the expiration date will result in the license-holder being deemed to be practicing without a license and subject to the relevant penalties.
As a condition of license renewal, the license holder must undergo 30 hours of continuing education within the two-year term of the license. Such continuing education shall include certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), universal precautions and infection control. Violation of this provision shall be grounds for disciplinary action.