15. I have maintained valid certification and/or current Continuing Education credits for my profession.
16. I have current NCCAOM diplomate status.
17. I am a diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Chinese herbololgy).
We want to clarify the meaning of #15, which states: "I have maintained valid certification and/or current Continuing Education credits for my profession."
By statute all health professionals in D.C. are required to complete CEUs (continuing education credits or units). That said, the number of CEUs required for acupuncturists has never been delineated. In the absence of a specific number requested for our profession, we have been told recently that the Medical Board's position is that acupuncturists have on hand what is required for physicians, as the same board oversees both professions: this is 50 CEUS per two-year period.
We suggest you try to accumulate at least 30 CEUs going back over the past 2 years. Why only 30? Because this is the norm for our profession per NCCAOM certification. The Board, should you be audited, is likely to be reasonable in this regard. In the unlikely event that you are ever audited for CEUs and have difficulty with the Board please let us know. Also, be sure to retain all your certificates in the event of audit.
Please note the following: The D.C. acupuncture license application asks for verification of physician collaboration. The requirement for physician collaboration was rescinded by law in 2004. However, the Department of Health has not revised the application form or instruction booklet to reflect this statutory change.
We suggest that when you apply you attach a note explaining that by law you are not required to provide physician collaboration. Attach a copy of pages one and 10 of the Health Occupations Revision Act of 2009. The pertinent language is in the last line of paragraph (1) under the definition of acupuncture on page 10. We have put this line in boldface, below.
The definition reads as follows:
§ 3-1201.02. Definitions of health occupations
For the purposes of this chapter, the term:
(1) "Practice of acupuncture" means the insertion of needles, with or without
accompanying electrical or thermal stimulation, at a certain point or points on or near the surface of the human body to relieve pain, normalize physiological functions, and treat ailments or conditions of the body. A licensed acupuncturist does not need to enter into a collaboration agreement with a licensed physician or osteopath to practice acupuncture."
The link to the Health Occupations Revision Act of 2009 is:
Please let us know how the licensing process goes for you.