Florida AP Licensing Information
Chapter 457 of the Florida Statutes defines acupuncture as follows:
Acupuncture means a form of primary health care, based on traditional Chinese medical concepts and modern Oriental techniques, that employs acupuncture diagnosis and treatment, as well as adjunctive therapies and diagnostic techniques, for the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health and the prevention of disease. Acupuncture shall include, but not be limited to, the insertion of acupuncture needles and the application of moxibustion to specific areas of the human body. Acupuncturistmeans any person licensed as provided in this chapter to practice acupuncture as a primary health care provider.
Requirements for Licensure
Chapter 457 of the Florida Statutes states the requirements for licensure to practice acupuncture as follows:
A person may become licensed to practice acupuncture if the person applies to the department and:
Is 18 years of age or older;
Has completed 60 college credits from an accredited postsecondary institution as a prerequisite to enrollment in an authorized 3-year course of study in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and effective July 31, 2001, a 4-year course of study in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, which meets standards established by the board by rule, which standards include, but are not limited to, successful completion of academic courses in western anatomy, western physiology, western pathology, western biomedical terminology, first aid, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Has successfully completed a board-approved national certification process.
Although completion of the College's Oriental Medicine Program meets the educational requirements for licensure in Florida, credits and awards earned from this College do not automatically qualify the holder to participate in professional licensing examinations to practice acupuncture and other modalities of Oriental medicine in Florida. Persons interested in practicing in this field should contact the Florida Board of Acupuncture (850-488-0595) for specific application procedures.
Procedure for AP Licensure in Florida
1. Graduates who have passedwishing to be licensed in the State of Florida must pass the four (4) NCCAOM certification exams. Graduates may then apply to the Florida Board of Acupuncture for licensure at: http://floridasacupuncture.gov/
2. The Florida Board of Acupuncture may be contacted at 850-245-4444
3. Graduates must request that NCCAOM forward their examsexam results to the Florida Board of Acupuncture.
4. Graduates must also contact Applicants are responsible for requesting official transcripts from previous institutions showing a minimum of 60 credit hours (required by State Statute) to the Florida Board of Acupuncture to apply for licensure at the following address:.
Florida Board of Acupuncture (FBOA)
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C06
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3256
Or telephone the FBOA at 850-245-4444
5. Graduates need to send all documentation requested, including malpractice insurance to the Florida Board of Acupuncture along with their applications.
6. Final transcripts will be sent from the College both to NCCAOM and to the Florida Board of Acupuncture, or to another State’s Board as requested by the Student. Students are responsible for requesting official transcripts from previous institutions showing a minimum of 60 credit hours (required by State Statute) to the Florida Board of Acupuncture.
Note: The College only releases transcripts for graduates who have met all course hour, clinic, financial, and other obligations of the College.
7. Once the Florida Board of Acupuncture receives all documentation, applications for licensure go before the Board. Approved applicants are then mailed licenses.
Graduates and qualified senior students who are in good standing with the College (are current with all coursework, clinic hours, tuition payments, and so forth) may apply for the NCCAOM exams once they have completed the relevant NCCAOM review coursecourses.
Administrative staff The Registrar, who is FCIM’s liaison with NCCAOM and Florida Board of Acupuncture is available to help students with the applications for the NCCAOM exam and AP licensure. Both the NCCAOM exam and licensure require fees, which students must pay directly.