Minimum requirements for accreditation of a master’s level acupuncture program state that the program must be a three year program consisting of 1905 hours of study. For Asian medicine a four year program totaling 2625 hours is required, and pre-med courses are a requirement for both.
In order to practice acupuncture and Asian medicine as a licensed acupuncturist in the state of New Hampshire, the educational standards outlined above must be met. Licensed acupuncturists must also meet additional educational standards as outlined by NCCAOM and continuing education requirements as outlined by the New Hampshire Board of Acupuncture Licensing.
The New Hampshire state statute specifies in RSA 328-G:9 which other licensed health care professionals may legally practice acupuncture in New Hampshire; namely, those licensed as physicians and surgeons under RSA 329 and those specially qualified naturopathic doctors certified under RSA 328-E:12. Many practitioners including physicians, naturopathic doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors are now adding acupuncture as an adjunct to their practice with minimal additional training of 100-500 hours. Ask your provider if they graduated from an accredited degree program. This is the gold standard for education.
If you would like to receive acupuncture at the highest standard of training currently available nationally, contact a licensed acupuncturist near you.