In the state of Wisconsin there is an at act to amend a chiropractic bill that if passed, will allow chiropractors to practice acupuncture with only 12. 5 days (100 hours) of instruction.
We urge everyone that oppose to this action to do something NOW. Call your Wisconsin State Representative to let them know that you oppose this action. If passed, this will have a negative impact on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Students, Graduates of like programs and the field of Acupuncture.
To view the act to amend the current bill, please click here.
To find out who your State Representative is, click here.
Below is MCOM’s official position on this action.
The standard of care in the State of Wisconsin for the practice of the acupuncture requires state licensing after passing the examinations given by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (nccaom.org). Anything less represents a clear danger to the general public. The public relies on state agencies governing professions to safe guard the public’s health interests.
Acupuncture as a Profession
Acupuncture is not a procedure. The Department of Labor Recognizes that acupuncture is a separate and distinct profession rather than a procedure by classifying chiropractic and acupuncture with separate Standard of Occupational Classification for professions (SOC) numbers.
SOC 29-1011 Chiropractors
Assess, treat, and care for patients by manipulation of spine and musculoskeletal system. May provide spinal adjustment or address sacral or pelvic misalignment.
Illustrative example: Chiropractic Physician
SOC 29-1199 Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other
All health diagnosing and treating practitioners not listed separately.
Illustrative examples: Acupuncturist, Naturopathic Physician, Hypnotherapist
The examination given by the NCCOAM includes publically listed criteria of Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s) which assure that individuals who pass their examinations have met the national standards for the practice of acupuncture. The board examination given to chiropractors simply lists the numbers of hours required to sit for the examination and makes no reference to KSA’s, which is used to judge what is contained in the test and whether there is sufficient content of equivalency. There are no similarities between almost 2000 hours of education to qualify for the NCCAOM examinations and a test for chiropractors which requires only 100 hours.
In addition, all licensed acupuncturists must take and pass the “Clean Needle Course and Examination” given by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. During internship at the Midwest College, students receive more than 100 hours of safe practices which include how to handle emergency situations. Midwest College students spend hundreds of hours demonstrating proper needle technique under the direct supervision of faculty and supervisors. Each point (300 in total plus extra points) has a proper angle, depth and location which must be correct to prevent permanent injury to patients.
The only recognized accrediting body by the U.S. Secretary of Education for acupuncture education is the Accrediting Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM.org). The Midwest College has been accredited by this organization since 1993. In fact, the chiropractic colleges in adjacent states; Illinois and Minnesota have accredited acupuncture programs that qualify their graduates to sit for the examinations given by the NCCOAM. The archaic standard of 100 hours has long been replaced after the advent of the NCCAOM examinations and legitimate educational standards. The Department of Education which issues Classification for Instructional Programs (CIP) lists two different numbers. acupuncture education is CIP code 51.3301 and chiropractic education is CIP code 51.0101.
The profession of acupuncture is distinct and different than chiropractic. The education is accredited and available at both acupuncture colleges and chiropractic colleges to meet the state practice standards; passage of the examinations given by the NCCAOM. Any legislation which doesn’t recognize this standard for community acupuncture practice puts the citizens of the State of Wisconsin at risk and should not be enacted.
We urge everyone that opposes this action to please contact your State Representatives to oppose this action. As of 12/20/2013, this is an action, not a bill. Currently there is no bill number attached, but the statute number should help Legislators be able to locate it.