Licensure for Acupuncturists
The Master of Science programs are approved by the Washington State Department of Health. Graduates of Bastyr University's Master of Science in Acupuncture (MSA) and Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) programs are eligible to apply for licensure in acupuncture in Washington state, as well as in most other states offering similar licensure.
Currently, acupuncture is recognized in 44 states and the District of Columbia. The actual requirements for licensure can vary from state to state, with the majority of states requiring the successful completion of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) exam. If a student is interested in licensure in a state other than Washington or California, it is imperative for the student to know the licensing requirements of that particular state in order to ensure that there are no outstanding academic requirements at the time of graduation. Academic advising is available to help students who may have additional requirements to meet.