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Acupuncture Licensure by Endorsement of an Other State License

 Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies.


The Department of Public Health may issue a license to an out-of-state licensee provided the applicant holds a current, valid acupuncturist license in good standing in another state or territory of the United States and the state or territory of current licensure maintains licensing standards equal to or higher than Connecticut's requirements.   An applicant seeking licensure by via this route must ensure that the current licensure standards of the state or territory in which currently licensed are forwarded directly to this office.


It is important to note that when reviewing the statutes and regulations of another state to those of this state's requirements, the Department compares them to the current licensing requirements for Connecticut  licensure rather than to the requirements met at the time of issuance of the out-of-state license.


Note:  Pursuant to Section 20-206bb, Connecticut General Statutes, an applicant must have successfully completed a course of study in acupuncture in a program that, at the time of graduation, was in candidate status with or accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM),, is the sole accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit professional programs in the field.  Foreign-trained individuals are not eligible for Connecticut licensure.


Documentation Requirements


The following documents shall be forwarded directly to this office from the source:

Verification of all licenses held by the applicant (current or expired) from each state or territory in which the applicant is or has ever been licensed or certified.   Most states charge a fee for completion of the verification form.  Please contact each state or territory for fee information;


A complete application with photograph attached.  Applications are only accepted online.  Please select this link to apply online.  The application fee is $200.


Upon receipt of all required documentation, the application will be reviewed at the administrative level, an eligibility determination will be made and the applicant will be notified in writing as to his or her eligibility for licensure.  Please allow four to six weeks for this review.  


Applicants who wish to expedite the licensing process may choose to meet the eligibility requirements for obtaining licensure for the first time.


If it is determined that the other state's licensing requirements are not equal to those of this state's requirements and the applicant wants to pursue licensure, the applicant would be required to meet the current Connecticut licensing requirements.


All documents should be forwarded directly from the source to:


Connecticut Department of Public Health

Acupuncture Licensure

410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134

Phone (860) 509-7603

Fax:  (860) 707-1929