The Clean Needle Technique (CNT) course is administered by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM). Successful completion of the CNT course is one of the requirements for National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) certification, as well as a licensing requirement in most states.

Please note that the CCAOM CNT course is intended only for currently enrolled acupuncture students, persons currently enrolled in a state or NCCAOM approved tutorial program, persons who have graduated from an acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine program or school, licensed health care professionals legally able to practice acupuncture in the United States, or NADA detoxification specialists. In order to take the CCAOM CNT course, you must meet one of the eligibility criteria listed on page 2 of the application form.

The CNT course contains several components:

  1. An orientation
  2. Detailed instruction on the theories, concepts and application of clean needle technique as described in the Clean Needle Technique Manual
  3. A demonstration of the practical application of CNT
  4. A written exam
  5. A training session where each applicant can practice and
  6. Perfect the utilization and employment of CNT
  7. A practical exam

Each CNT course begins at 8:30 am and ends no later than 5:00 pm. Although the course may end before 5:00 pm, we cannot guarantee it. If you have any questions after reading the enclosed material, please call the CCAOM office at 410-464-6040, or email your questions to: [email protected].

Applications can be sent by mail, by fax, or by e-mail (if sent by e-mail, please scan the application and send as an attachment so that signatures are visible) to:

Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
600 Wyndhurst Avenue, Suite 112
Baltimore, MD 21210
Fax: 410-464-6042
[email protected]

If you fax your application, please call to confirm receipt, as faxes are not always successfully transmitted.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you do not receive the acceptance materials approximately one month before the course date, you must contact them to find out why. Not receiving the acceptance materials is not a legitimate reason for missing a class, as they do not always receive (or are able to process) every application.

Please visit the CCAOM site for the CNT Application Form.