Licensure for Acupuncturists

Bastyr University's Master of Science programs are approved by the Washington State Department of Health. Graduates of the 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.

Acupuncture is legally recognized in 44 states and the District of Columbia. 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. Students interested in licensure in a state other than Washington or California should learn the licensing requirements of that particular state to ensure there are no outstanding academic requirements at the time of graduation. Academic advising is available to help students intending to meet additional state licensing requirements.

For the latest licensure information, please consult the NCCAOM website.