IOWA BOARD OF MEDICINE
An Iowa license is required to practice acupuncture in Iowa. One must either be licensed as an acupuncturist or be licensed in Iowa in one of the exempt professions: M.D., D.O., chiropractor, dentist or podiatrist. The Board of Medicine regulates licensed acupuncturists in Iowa.
Regulations for licensed acupuncturists are found in Iowa law, Iowa Code Chapter 148E, and in the rules, 653 Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) Chapter 17.
For the law, click here.
For the administrative rules, click here. This links to the beginning of the rules for all state agencies. Scroll to page seven to "MEDICAL EXAMINERS BOARD" to access the rules.
is defined as a form of health care developed from traditional and modern
oriental medical concepts that employ oriental medical diagnosis and treatment,
and adjunctive therapies and diagnostic techniques, for the promotion, maintenance,
and restoration of health and the prevention of disease.
Eligibility for Licensure
To be eligible for licensure to practice acupuncture in Iowa, State regulation requires that an applicant must show the following:
Successful completion of a three-year postsecondary training program or acupuncture college program which is accredited by, in candidacy for accreditation by, or which meets the standards of the National Accreditation Commission for Schools and
Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Current active status as a diplomate in the NCCAOM;
Sufficient knowledge of the English language;
- An applicant who passed the NCCAOM written and practical examination components in English may be presumed to have sufficient proficiency in English.
- An applicant who passed NCCAOM written or practical examination components in a language other than English shall pass the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), examinations administered by the Educational Testing Service. A passing score on TSE is a minimum of 50. A passing score on TOEFL is a minimum overall score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL that was administered on a Friday or Saturday (formerly special or international administration) or a minimum overall score of 213 on the computer-administered TOEFL, or a minimum overall score of 79 on the Internet-based examination.
- Successful completion of a course in clean needle technique approved by the NCCAOM.
To apply for licensure in Iowa, an applicant must provide the following:
- A non-refundable application fee of $300;
- A completed application form provided by the Board including required credentials and documents;
- An Authorization for Release of Personal Information form, signed and dated and returned to the Board;
- Verification of Licensure/Registration form(s) from the appropriate regulatory authority in every jurisdiction that an applicant has ever practiced acupuncture, sent directly from the regulatory authority to the Board;
- The NCCAOM score report verification form submitted directly to the Board by the NCCAOM;
- An official statement from the NCCAOM that the applicant holds current active status as a diplomate in NCCAOM;
- An official statement showing successful completion of a course in clean needle technique approved by the NCCAOM;
- A disclosure Sheet that includes the following:
- the name, business address, and business telephone number of the acupuncturist;
- a fee schedule;
- a listing of the applicant's education, experience, degrees, certificates, or other credentials related to acupuncture awarded by a professional acupuncture organization, and the length of time required to obtain degrees or credentials;
- a statement indicating any license, certificate, or registration in a health care occupation which was revoked by any local, state, or national health care agency;
- a statement that the acupuncturist is complying with statutes and with rules adopted by the Board, including a statement that only pre-sterilized, disposable needles are used by the acupuncturist;
- a statement that the practice of acupuncture is regulated by the board; and
- a statement indicating that a license to practice acupuncture does not authorize a person to practice medicine and surgery in this state, and that the services of an acupuncturist must not be regarded as diagnosis and treatment by a person licensed to practice medicine and must not be regarded as medical opinion or advice.
|Acupuncture License ($300/application)
|Acupuncture Renewal (2 Year)
|Inactive Fee (to place license in inactive status)
|Reactivation of an Acupuncture Licensure Application
|Reinstatement of an Inactive Acupuncture License
|Certified Acupuncture License Verification to Another State Licensing Board
|Non-Certified Acupuncture License Verification
Wall Certificate or Renewal Card
How to Obtain an Application
Download the application and forms off this website.
An acupuncturist who is licensed as such by the Board of Medicine may use the words "licensed acupuncturist" or "L.Ac." to connote professional standing after the licensee's name.
The Board of Medicine is authorized to discipline licensed acupuncturists who violate the law. You may report an acupuncturist to the Board for a possible violation of the law by calling Gail Beebe at (515) 281-6933 or by submitting an on-line form click here. Fill in information about the acupuncturist where the form states “physician.”
After an acupuncture license is issued, the license expires every two years on October 31st of even years. Submitted renewal applications must contain a renewal fee of $300, along with documented evidence that the licensee has completed 30 professional development activity points and holds a current active status as a diplomate in the NCCAOM. A professional development activity (PDA) means any activity for the purpose of continuing a person's education that is defined and approved by NCCAOM. One PDA point equals one hour of of continuing education.
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine