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How do I find out whether my acupuncturist is NCCAOM certified?

Dede Bonner
Health Education

The gold standard for acupuncturists is NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) Diplomate status. Look for these initials after the person’s name: OMD (Doctorate in Oriental Medicine), L.Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist), or other abbreviations as explained at NCCAOM’s Web site: www.nccaom.org/diplomates/index.html.

 The “Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)” designation indicates this acupuncturist has been trained at a properly accredited facility and has passed the rigorous NCCAOM competency examination. There are about fifty-five accredited schools, but many more that are not. Diplomates are expected to take continuing education courses and must renew their certification every four years.

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