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Introduced by   Representative Milkey of Brattleboro

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Professions and occupations; health; acupuncture

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require professionals who practice acupuncture to demonstrate a certain level of training.


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  26 V.S.A. § 3402(a) is amended to read:

(a)  Except as provided in section 3412 of this title, no person shall practice acupuncture unless he or she is licensed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, a person who holds a valid license to practice a profession other than acupuncture, and that profession’s scope of practice includes the practice of acupuncture, shall obtain a certificate to practice acupuncture prior to practicing acupuncture pursuant to the following:

(1)  The person shall apply to the board which regulates his or her profession for a certificate to practice acupuncture. 

(2)  The board shall issue a certificate to practice acupuncture only after the applicant has:

(A)  completed at least 200 hours of instruction in acupuncture programs approved by the board;

(B)  completed at least 100 hours of supervised training approved by the board; and

(C)  paid the certification fee established in subdivision 125(b)(2) of Title 3.

(3)  Instruction shall consist of:

(A)  at least 100 hours of instruction and clinical demonstrations in general and basic aspects of acupuncture;

(B)  at least 100 hours of sequential specialized instruction in specific uses and techniques of acupuncture.  Topics of instruction shall include indications and contraindications for acupuncture administration, techniques for locating acupuncture points, needling and stimulating techniques, and trainee participation in administration of acupuncture in clinical demonstrations; and

(C)  at least 100 hours of supervised training approved by the board and under the supervision of another person who holds a certificate or license to practice acupuncture.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont