Want to become a licensed acupuncturist in Mississippi?
Step 1 – Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure http://www.msbml.state.ms.us/
Step 2 – Find the Rules and Regulations for the profession in Mississippi (Acupuncture is Chapter 17)
Most people do not know that becoming an acupuncturist requires over 3,000 hours of didactic course work and clinical training. One must enter a graduate program at an institution accredited by the United States Department of Education. After acceptance into the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine program, a student has four years of study and the following requirements must be met in order to graduate:
- Acupuncture & Techniques 528 hours
- Chinese Herbal Training 636 hours
- Clinical Training 1,008 hours
- Biomedical Science 582 hours
- Integral Studies: Oriental Medical Theories, Case Management,
- Practice Management, Communications, Mind-Body, Asian Bodywork & Ethics 456 hours
- Certification in Clean Needle Technique
Total 3,210 hours
The full scope of Traditional Chinese medicine cannot be utilized without the adjunctive modalities, like herbal medicine, moxibustion and cupping that require the intensive study gained when a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine is awarded. The National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) only certifies practitioners who have passed their national board exam, as well completed the above requirements. An NCCAOM certified practitioner will have thousands of hours of course work dedicated to the entirety of Traditional Chinese medicine conjoined with the biomedical knowledge needed to refer patients to physicians in times of need.