Licensed Acupuncturists (LAcs) are licensed by the Oregon Medical Board (OMB) “to provide health care using acupuncture and other forms of Traditional Oriental Medicine. Under Oregon law, the practice of acupuncture also includes traditional and modern techniques of Oriental diagnosis and evaluation; Oriental massage, exercise, and related therapeutic methods; use of Oriental herbs, vitamins, minerals, and dietary advice.” The OMB verifies that the Acupuncturist has been certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. The NCCAOM offers four exams for the AOM profession: Acupuncture with Point Location, Foundations of Oriental Medicine, Biomedicine, and Chinese Herbology. Oregon requires all of the exams except Chinese Herbology.  In order to be a candidate for the NCCAOM board exams, one must matriculate from and complete a certain number of hours of clinical and coursework in a college accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, as outlined in the table below. The ACAOM national accrediting agency is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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