Becoming Certified in Wisconsin



Candidates must show evidence of successful completion of a course of study, 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

Qualified practitioners have generally completed course work in:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Orthopedic Evaluation
  • Neurological Evaluation
  • Biochemistry
  • Chinese Medical Theory
  • Diagnosis and Evaluation
  • Point Location
  • Advanced Needle Techniques

Typical curriculum is over 3000 hours of in-class and clinical training combined. including:

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



  • Successful completion of the NCCAOM’s national examination in acupuncture.
  • Successful completion of the Clean Needle Technique Course and corresponding examination offered by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM).


Other Providers:

Sometimes, other medical practitioners may legally perform acupuncture and oriental medicine techniques. These practitioners are not held to the same standards of hours or training as formally certified acupuncturists. Patients are encouraged to ask providers questions such as:

  • Where did they receive their training?
  • How many hours of training did they complete?
  • How long have they been practicing?
  • What is their success rate?

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 Statute 451. WISCA is in agreement with the CCOAM and AAAOM position on trigger point dry needling.

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