Welcome to the Minnesota Acupuncture Association
The Minnesota Acupuncture Association (MAA) is the only Minnesota statewide professional association for licensed practitioners of acupuncture and is organized within section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
The Minnesota Acupuncture Association is committed to advancing licensed acupuncturists, acupuncture, and integrative medical therapies (herbal, manual therapies, nutrition) as a means for enhancing health and well-being.
We operate from these beliefs:
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Holiday greetings, wishing everyone warm season’s greetings and a heartfelt thank you to all of our supporters in 2018!The Minnesota Acupuncture Association has much to celebrate as we look back on this year’s accomplishments and proud to celebrate 40-year anniversary as a professional association serving licensed acupuncturists in Minnesota. As we look back, we applaud the energy, leg work, and spirit of volunteerism alive in Minnesota! Without your support we would not be going on 40 years strong at the Capitol or within our local communities.
In 2018 we continued to build upon and advance the visibility of our profession as licensed acupuncture practitioners who highlight the talent, diversity and integrative skill sets throughout the state.
This last year was a short legislative session and our efforts leveraged the long-term relationships we have built at the Capitol and with other professional organizations. Our summer was filled with volunteerism and community outreach with engagement at the MS150 and Open Streets events, as well as continued our ongoing community services for Veterans with PTSD in Lakeville and Minneapolis with the Freedom Fighters and Yellow Ribbon organizations.
Our year was filled with networking socials, piloting new projects, recruitment of new board of director talent, and expanding our level of involvement with our national organization, the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA).
Acupuncture Licensure in Minnesota
The Minnesota Legislature enacted a law in 1995 establishing a licensure system for acupuncturists. The Board of Medical Practice enforces the requirements of the acupuncturist licensure system and provides information to consumers and other interested persons. To establish eligibility for licensure, an applicant must be currently NCCAOM certified.
Click here for the Minnesota Board of Medicine Licensure Fact Sheet
Board Certified Acupuncturists with NCCAOM
As you have no doubt realized, the practice of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine involves a lot more than just the insertion of acupuncture needles. Licensed Acupuncturists must complete at least 2,625 hours (about 4 years of full-time study) followed by successful completion of board examinations.
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) provides national board certification for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine practitioners practicing in Minnesota.
The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is the national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit Master's-level programs in the acupuncture and oriental medicine profession. Currently, ACAOM has over 65 schools and colleges with accredited or candidacy status with the Commission.