Licensure and Profession


Licensure requirements vary by state. It is important that each student begins researching the requirements for licensure for the state in which they wish to practice as early as possible. For licensure in the state of Texas, the AOMA Guide to TX licensure is a good place to start.

Many states require verification of education via state specific licensure paperwork and/or official transcripts. Both verification paperwork and transcript requests may be submitted to the registrar for completion. Notary services for licensure paperwork are also available for an additional fee.

No fees are collected for official transcripts required for initial licensure, if requested within one year from date of graduation.

California Option

In order to be eligible to take the California Licensure Examination, graduates who enrolled in the program after January 1, 2005 must also have completed 15 credits in basic sciences, as follows: three credits in each these categories (or one course), either as pre-requisite to admission, or as electives prior to graduation: general biology, chemistry (including organic and biochemistry), general physics (including a survey of biophysics), general psychology, and pathology. The academic advisors maintain a list of courses available at Austin Community College that fulfill this requirement for students who have not already satisfied it upon admission. Once completed, these courses will be listed on a student’s transcript as “T” under the California Option.

Licensing Boards

Acupuncture licenses are granted by state governments.  Consequently, licensure laws and scope of practice regulations are unique to each state. At the national level, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) administers the national board examinations for acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and Asian Bodywork Therapy and aims to "establish, assess, and promote recognized standards of competence and safety in acupuncture and Oriental medicine for the protection and benefit of the public." Most US states require national board certification for licensure.

Acupuncture Regulatory Agencies by State

The NCCAOM maintains a lis state licensensing requirements. While the majority of states require the NCCAOM examination or certification, each state regulatory board carries unique requirements for licensure. View the state by state acupuncture licenseing requirements.

Professional Associations

American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental (AAAOM)

Mission: to promote excellence and integrity in the professional practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in order to enhance public health and well-being.


State Acupuncture Associations

Individual websites collected at:

Mission: Varies depending on association.


Texas Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (TAAOM)

The Texas Acupuncture Association (TAA) was founded in 1992 before the practice of acupuncture was legal in the state of Texas. It was through their efforts that acupuncture became legal and professionally licensed in Texas. In 2001 TAA changed its name to the Texas Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (TAAOM) in order to better represent all facets of Traditional Chinese Medicine.


American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA)

The American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®) is a non-profit, professional membership organization that represents instructors, practitioners, schools and programs, and students of Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT).


American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA)

The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA) promotes the integration of concepts from traditional and modern forms of acupuncture with Western medical training and thereby synthesize a more comprehensive approach to health care.


American Herbal Products Association (AHPA)

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) serves its members by promoting the responsible commerce of products which contain herbs and which are used to enhance health and quality of life.

Professional Publications

Acupuncture Today

American Acupuncturist

American Journal of Acupuncture

American Journal of Chinese Medicine

California Journal of Oriental Medicine

The Empty Vessel

Focus on Alternative/Complementary Therapies (FACT)

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Medical Acupuncture

Qi - The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health and Fitness