The practice of acupuncture or the use of the title "licensed acupuncturist" within New York State requires licensure as an acupuncturist, unless otherwise exempt under the law. Licensed physicians and dentists may be certified to practice acupuncture in New York State, but the requirements and application process are different from those for licensure in acupuncture. Physicians and dentists who seek certification to practice acupuncture should contact the Office of the Professions at 518-474-3817 ext. 560 for additional information.
To be licensed as an acupuncturist in New York State you must:
- be of good moral character;
- be at least 21 years of age;
- meet education and examination requirements; and
- demonstrate proficiency in English if you are a candidate whose application is based upon credit granted for the completion of courses of study in a country where English is not the principal language spoken.
Submit an application for licensure and the other forms indicated, along with the appropriate fee, to the Office of the Professions at the address specified on each form. It is your responsibility to follow up with anyone you have asked to send us material.
The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 160, Section 8214 of New York's Education Law and Parts 52.16 and Subpart 79-2 of the Commissioner's Regulations.
You should also read the general licensing information applicable for all professions.