In Wisconsin, certified acupuncture candidates must show evidence of successful completion of a course of study and residency, the equivalent of at least 2 consecutive years of full-time education and clinical work in Oriental diagnostic and therapeutic theories and practices at a school accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Schools and Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NACSCAOM) or the NCCAOM: National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Candidates must also complete the Clean Needle Technique Course offered by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM).
A typical curriculum is over 3000 hours of in-class and clinical training and would include:
|Oriental Medical Theory||546 hours|
|Treatment Technique and Theory||378 hours|
|Western Biomedicine||721 hours|
|Personal Development||259 hours|
|Clinical Training||1032 hours|
|Herbal Medicine||413 hours|
A short list of the many courses such a practitioner has completed:
- Physical Exam
- Diagnosis and Evaluation
- Clinical Research and Design
- Orthopedic Evaluation
- Neurological Evaluation
- Clinical Counseling
- Clinical Science
- Oriental Medicine
- Tai Qi and Qi Gong
Sometimes, other medical practitioners may legally be allowed to perform acupuncture and oriental medicine. But they are not held to the same standards of hours or training as formally certified acupuncturists. Patients are encouraged to ask their provider questions such as:
- Where they received their training?
- How long they have practiced?
- What is their success rate?
- how many hours of training did they receive?
The Wisconsin Society of Certified Acupuncturists (WISCA) does not support the practice of dry needling or trigger point needling by physical therapists or medical professionals who are not certified to practice acupuncture under the strict requirements WI Bill 451. WISCA is in agreement with the CCOAM and AAAOM position on trigger point dry needling. For more information click on the links below: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/1989/statutes/statutes/451.pdf http://www.ccaom.org/downloads/CCAOM_Position_Paper__May_2011_Update.pdf http://aardvarksfly.com/files/aaaom-tpdn-position_statemen.pdf
Why is this important? You deserve the best treatment from the highest-qualified acupuncturists. When you entrust your health to a member of the Wisconsin Society of Certified Acupuncturists(WISCA), rest assured that they are the most expert and up-to-date practitioners of this centuries-old medical regimen.
You are likely seeking acupuncture treatment for specific reasons. Your WISCA member certified acupuncturist will employ their extensive background and knowledge to not only treat these conditions, but also bring your body to a state of greater balance and wellness.
Acupuncture is a key part of Oriental medicine, an approach that treats the whole person, not just symptoms. Certified acupunturists are trained to address ailments that might seem unrelated to your primary symptoms, but can be critical to better overall health.
Healthier, happier patients is the goal of every WISCA member. It’s why they invested their lives, resources and passion into meeting exceptionally high standards to practice acupuncture and other Oriental medicine therapies. One reason there are so many well trained and highly experienced practitioners in Wisconsin is because they have the support of WISCA. This organization advances the professional practice of acupuncturists by:
- Conducting educational programs and activities to strengthen and develop programs in acupuncture, oriental medicine and associated medical and healing arts;
- Developing professional relationships among members in order to facilitate free exchange of information and resolution of mutual problems;
- Initiating public outreach programs to educate the public on the benefits of acupuncture, oriental medicine and associated medical and healing arts;
- Monitoring legislation, communicating issues of concern to our members, and lobbying for issues that affect the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession; and
- Providing a forum for the exchange of ideas among members.