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Acupuncture Licensure Information and Fees

 

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  ACCESS FOR MAY 2014 RENEWAL BEGINS ON APRIL 1, 2014
 

REMINDER:  DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO RENEW YOUR LICENSE!

 

 
 
  

INITIAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

 INITIAL APPLICATION:

 

An applicant must be 18 years old and meet one of the following standards:

 1. Graduation from a course of training of at least 1,800 hours, including 300 clinical hours, that is:
 
  • Approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission,
  • Approved by the ACAOM, or

  • Found by the Board to be equ​ivalent to a course approved by the ACAOM; OR

 2. Achievement of a:
 
  • Diplomate in Acupuncture from the NCCAOM; or

  • Passing score on an examination that is determined by the Board to be equivalent to the examination given by the NCCAOM.

 

3. An applicant must also demonstrate proof of proficiency in the written and oral communication of the English language by providing documentary evidence that: The applicant has completed at least 60 credits from an English-speaking undergraduate school or English-speaking professional school or;

 

Has achieved a TOEFL passing score of at least

 
  • 577 on the paper/pencil test

  • 233 on the computer based test is the minimum score required for acupuncture licensure applicants

  • 90 on the internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL iBT)

 

with the following minimum passing scores for each section:

 
  • Writing: 22

  • Speaking: 23

  • Reading: 21

  • Listening: 24

 

4. Review of Foreign Credentials:
Effective February 16, 2004, the Board will require the applicants trained in a school out of the USA to submit their educational transcripts (at the applicant's expense) to an educational evaluation agency.  The Board has delegated its review of foreign applicants to the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and/or the World Education Services (WES).  The foreign credentials equivalency review must be completed in addition to the initial application.  

 

5. Interim Numbers: Because the Board of Acupuncture meets every other month, the Board will issue interim license numbers between Board meetings so that a licensee may practice without delay. In order for an applicant to receive an interim license number, all pertinent application documentation, must be received by the Board at least 14 days prior to the next meeting of the Board. Interim numbers are issued by letter to the address indicated on the application. Interim numbers are not provided over the phone.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY AND RECENTLY  DISCHARGED MILITARY VETERANS & SPOUSES

 

 Pursuant to the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013, military veterans discharged within one (1) year of application for licensing or registration qualify for expedited processing of applications and review of equivalency requests for military training.  The Board will expedite review and processing of applications of any military schools or courses submitted as qualifying equivalents for required educational licensing/registration educational standards.  The Board extends these privileges to active duty military, including reservists called to active duty for training or deployment.  These provisions also fully apply to spouses of active duty and qualifying veterans. If requested, the Board will also provide counseling assistance to qualifying veterans, active duty personnel, and spouses on application, licensing and credentialing issues.  

LATE RENEWAL, INACTIVE, REINSTATEMENT

 
What are the requirements for late renewal, being on inactive status and reinstatement? 
 

LATE RENEWAL: 

 
A late renewal means that you have sent in your renewal application within a 30-day grace period after the expiration date of your license. If you file a late renewal, you will be required to pay a $100 late fee. Please remember that a late renewal only applies if you submit your application and fee within 30 days after the expiration date.
 

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU FAIL TO RENEW YOUR LICENSE ON TIME YOU MAY BE CONSIDERED PRACTICING WITHOUT A LICENSE AND MAY BE CHARGED IN VIOLATION OF THE MARYLAND ACUPUNCTURE PRACTICE ACT.  

 

 

REINSTATEMENT:  

 
If you submit your renewal application more than 30 days after the expiration date, you will be required to reinstate your license. This means that you failed to renew within the 30-day grace period and will have to pay the renewal fee and a reinstatement fee of $200. You will also have to provide proof of 40 hours of CEU’s for every 2 years your license has lapsed up to 60 hours.  
 
REINSTATEMENT APPLICATION:
 

INACTIVE: 

 
Recommended for licensees who will not be practicing acupuncture in Maryland for more than 2 years. If you know that you will be out of state for a period or want to go on maternity leave, you may think about placing your license on inactive status. This process avoids the higher cost of reinstatement. To become inactive you simply complete an inactive application, pay a $100 fee and request that you be placed on an inactive list. Upon your return to your Maryland practice, you can easily fill out a renewal form, pay the renewal fee and provide documentation of 30 CEU’s. Inactive status is limited to a 6 year time period.  
 
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  • Fees  

    ​Transaction ​Fee
    ​Initial application;
    $525.00
    ​Renewal Application
    $525.00
    ​Application for inactive status;
    $100.00
    Late application (any application);
    $100.00
    Reinstatement;
    $200.00
    ​Fine for failure to notify Board of change in name or address;
    $50.00
    ​Course equivalency review plus all necessary travel, accommodations, and translation or other expenses related to determine equivalency;
    $500.00
    ​Examination equivalency review plus all necessary travel, accommodations and translation or other expenses;
    $500.00
    Application for professional corporate name;
    $20.00
    ​Application for certification to practice acupuncture on animals
    $100.00
    ​Auricular detoxification specialist registration
    $50.00
    ​Auricular detoxification aide registration renewal

    ​Auricular detoxification aide registration reinstatement
    $25.00

    $100.00
     
    Verification​
    $50.00
    ​Roster
    $25.00