Rhode Island Acupuncture BoardRoom 104, 3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908
Acupuncture licensing in Rhode Island has been regulated since 1980 through the Rhode Island Department of Health Office of Health Professionals Regulation. The mission of this office is to license and discipline healthcare professionals, ensure the availability of quality healthcare and protect the public. The law giving the office this authority is Section 5-37 of the General Laws of Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Doctors of Acupuncture
The accepted title for individuals licensed to practice acupuncture in Rhode Island is doctor of acupuncture. However, it is important to note that this title does not require the same amount of training as for other doctors, such as medical doctors and doctors of philosophy, and it is considered to be the equivalent of the title licensed acupuncturist, which is used in a majority of states.
Any individual who would like to be licensed as a doctor of acupuncture in Rhode Island must meet the following prerequisites before submitting an official application:
- Applicants must have passed the comprehensive acupuncture examination offered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
- All applicants must be citizens of the United States or lawful immigrants.
- Applicants must be able to communicate proficiently in English. This may be demonstrated by passing the NCCAOM exam in English or by passing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
- Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and of good moral character.
- All applicants must have successfully completed a program in acupuncture that was at least 36 months and 2,500 hours in length. Such programs must be approved by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).
- In addition to the education requirement, applicants must also complete a clinical internship approved by the NCCAOM.
Rhode Island offers licensing reciprocity. Any individual who is licensed or certified in another state only has to verify the status of his or her current license to become a doctor of acupuncture in Rhode Island.
Once an individual has met all of the qualifications for acupuncture licensing in Rhode Island, he or she must complete an official application, which must be submitted with several forms of supporting evidence. The documents and items that must be submitted are as follows:
- A licensing fee in the amount of $310
- One recent, passport-style photograph
- An original or notarized copy of a birth certificate or proof of lawful immigration status
- Acupuncture education transcripts sent directly to the Office of Health Professionals Regulation by the educational institution
- Certification status and exam results sent directly to the office by the NCCAOM
- Three letters of reference from acquaintances who are not family members, two of which must be from licensed or certified acupuncturists
- Current license verification sent directly to the office by a state licensing agency