Comparison of Acupuncture Training of Acupuncturists Versus Others Who Provide Acupuncture Treatments
Acupuncturists, known in many states as Licensed Acupuncturists or L.Ac.s, undergo significantly more training in acupuncture than others who provide acupuncture treatments. Acupuncturists are the only acupuncture providers who have supervised clinical training specific to acupuncture.
- 3-5 years of full-time study in acupuncture, including theories, needling labs, pattern differentiation, accessory techniques, etc., culminating in an acupuncture-focused Master's degree
- Rigorous national board exams focused on acupuncture/TOM pattern differentiation, treatment strategies, acupuncture point location and function as well as Biomedicine, etc.
- 550-700+ hours of supervised clinical acupuncture practice
- About 20 hours or more of continuing education per year
- MDs – 300-350 hours of acupuncture training, including typically 7 weekends of contact hours and online/video training
- Chiropractors – 7 weekends of acupuncture training (~ 100 contact hours)
- Physical Therapists – 1 or 2 weekends of acupuncture (“dry needling”) training (they may increase their training to 54 hours which they call 'advanced'...)