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In order to receive a license to practice acupuncture in the majority of states a student must earn a MSA degree, pass the NCCAOM licensing exam and meet any additional state requirements.

Master of Science in Acupuncture at Bastyr University
Along with the three year graduate degree course curriculum consisting of lectures and labs, students obtain a minimum of 400 patient contacts with 100 different patients, and 44 preceptor hours “shadowing” and observing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine professionals in their private practices. Clinic training hours require 828 hours for the Master of Science in Acupuncture.

Erin has not only completed an extensive internship at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, but also integrated internships with other highly respected medical centers including clinical rotations at Harborview Hospital in the Chronic Fatigue Clinic, the International Clinic, and in the HIV Clinic, as well as internships at the Caroline Downs Family Medical Center and Highpoint Medical Clinic.

Diplomate in Acupuncture from NCCAOM
The NCCAOM is a nonprofit organization, established in 1982. The mission of the NCCAOM is to establish, assess and promote recognized standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine for the protection and benefit of the public. Continuing Education is not required to renew licensure for East Asian Medicine, but in order to remain a certified Diplomate of Acupuncture by the NCCAOM, practitioners must complete at least 15 hours of continuing education each year.

East Asian Medicine Practitioner License
In order to recieve Licensure to practice East Asian Medicine in Washington State, practitoners must pass the following National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) examinations:

  • Foundations of Oriental Medicine module
  • Acupuncture with point location module
  • Biomedicine module

You must also pass the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) clean needle technique course.