Education of an Acupuncturist:
Often times, many do not realize the serious commitment required to become a licensed acupuncturist. Although New York State does not designate the title of doctor to an acupuncturist, there are numerous states that recognize acupuncturists as primary care physicians. Unfortunately, this is not yet the case in New York State where only a few insurance companies provide coverage for acupuncture treatments.
The education of an acupuncturist consists of a 4 year, full-time masters degree program. The curriculum studied is generally composed of both eastern and western (allopathic) medicine, herbal medicine, Tui-Na massage, nutrition, eastern philosophy, Tai Qi & Qi Gong in addition to thousands of hours of internship experience. After completing the masters program, national board examinations need to be passed before being awarded a license in New York State.