Virginia Acupuncture Board9960 Maryland Dr., Ste. 300
Henrico, VA 23233
In Virginia, any individual practicing acupuncture must be licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine through the Acupuncture Advisory Board. These boards work under the Virginia Department of Health Professions and are responsible for licensing new healthcare professionals, renewing licenses and regulating the practices of those who are currently licensed in the state. The Acupuncture Advisory Board was established in 1994 when Title 54.1-2400 of the Code of Virginia went into effect. Under this legislation, the board acts as a team of professional experts and assists the Board of Medicine in developing the regulations governing acupuncture licensing in Virginia.
Applying as a U.S. Graduate
Any individual who graduated from an acupuncture program in the U.S. before July 1990 is eligible to apply for a license as long as the following conditions are met:
- The program was accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) at the time of graduation.
- The program consisted of at least 1,000 hours of schooling over a continuous period of 18 months or more.
- Studies included at least 700 hours of didactic training and 250 hours of clinical training.
Anyone who graduated from a program between July 1, 1990, and July 1, 1999, may apply for a license, but the program must have been accredited by the ACAOM, at least three academic years in length and equivalent to 90 semester credit hours or 135 quarter credit hours.
Individuals who graduated after July 1, 1999, are held to the highest standards. Programs after this date must meet these conditions:
- The program must be granted accreditation by the ACAOM within three years after the student graduates.
- The program must consist of at least 1,725 hours of entry-level acupuncture training.
- A minimum of 1,000 hours of training must be didactic, and at least 500 hours must be clinical.
Applying as a Foreign Graduate
Graduates of foreign acupuncture programs may apply for acupuncture licensing in Virginia, but the validity of such programs must first be established. This is accomplished by submitting transcripts from the educational institution to a credential-evaluation service that has been approved by the board. Any documents not in the English language must be accompanied by translations that have been certified by the foreign government’s embassy.
All applicants for licenses in Virginia must pass the comprehensive written exam offered by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and each applicant must pass an approved course in clean needle technique. In addition, applicants must either pass the examinations in English or pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
All applicants must include one passport photograph and a check or money order for $130 payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with their official applications.