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How can I certify myself as an acupuncturist?

Non-physician acupuncturists are licensed or certified in more than forty states and the District of Columbia. In states without licensure, an acupuncturist may choose to take the national exam administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. This organization provides local referrals to certified acupuncturists. Many physicians have learned acupuncture, but non-physician acupuncturists may be better trained. The amount of training required for physician acupuncturists (and, in some states, chiropractor acupuncturists) may be only two to three hundred hours, while a typical education standard for a non-physician acupuncturist is two to three thousand hours. However, one advantage that a physician acupuncturist has is that insurance may more likely help pay for the visits.

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