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An acupuncturist is a licensed health care professional who, based on the concepts of oriental medicine, maintains the health of patients and evaluates and treats their illness and pain.

Licensing Requirements

To be licensed as an acupuncturist in New York State you must:

  • Be of good moral character
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Meet educational and examination requirements; and
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English if you are a candidate whose application is based upon credit granted for completion of courses of study in a country where English is not the principle language spoken.

An applicant must file an application for licensure/registration with the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, to practice as an acupunturist in New York State. The latest information and requirements for licensure are available on the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions website at

Fees: (as of October 2, 2014)

The fee for licensure is $788.
The fee for a limited permit is $70.

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2012, 260 registered licenses were issued for this occupation.
In 2013, 261 registered licenses were issued for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Acupuncture Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 1260

Standard Occupational Classification

29-1199.99 - Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
11 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 300
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: 703-548-9004
Fax: 703-548-9079


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 11/26/14.

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