Utah Acupuncture Board160 East 300 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84111-2305
In Utah, the practice of acupuncture is regulated by law through the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL), which is under the state’s Department of Commerce. The specific laws dealing with acupuncture are part of the Occupational and Professional Licensing Act, which is Title 58, Chapter 72 of the Utah Revised Code. Acupuncture licensing in Utah is carried out by the Acupuncture Licensing Board, which works as a committee of professional experts under the direct supervision of the DOPL. The six-member board consists of four licensed acupuncturists, one physician acupuncturist and one member of the public. In addition to issuing and renewing licenses, the Acupuncture Licensing Board assists the DOPL in reviewing and investigating complaints concerning the practice of acupuncture within the state.
Qualifications for Licensing in Utah
Most of the qualifications for acupuncture licensing in Utah are deferred to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Applicants who are currently certified as NCCAOM diplomates have already jumped the highest hurdles to licensure. NCCAOM certification is granted to applicants who have completed the following requirements:
- Applicants must be graduates of an approved or accredited acupuncture program, complete an apprenticeship or have a sufficient combination of formal education and apprenticeship.
- Applicants must pass NCCAOM examinations in acupuncture, biomedicine and the foundations of Oriental medicine.
- A NCCAOM-approved course in clean needle technique must be successfully completed.
Application Instructions and Information
The DOPL strives to make the application process for acupuncture licensing as quick and as simple as possible. Along with the application, a few supporting documents must be submitted. All applicants must request the NCCAOM to submit evidence of current certification status. In addition, applicants must ask the appropriate departments to send verification of any valid acupuncture licenses currently held in other states. Forms are included with the application packet for license verification requests. The final item that must be submitted with an application is a check or money order in the amount of $110 to cover the nonrefundable application fee. Applicants may also pay by credit or debit card in person at the DOPL office.
The DOPL reserves the right to require any applicant to appear before the Acupuncture Licensing Board for an interview before a license is issued. Furthermore, the law allows for the DOPL to institute a mandatory state exam at any time. Once a license is issued, it is valid until the next biennial renewal period.