IDAHO BOARD OF ACUPUNCTURE 


Continuing Education

Beginning July 1, 2014, a minimum of ten (10) hours of continuing education must be from Category I topics, and a maximum of five (5) hours of continuing education may be from Category II topics, as set forth in Sections 306 and 307 of the rules.

Category I should consist of:

Acupuncture and the practice of acupuncture as defined in Section 54-4702, Idaho Code including topics that directly concern the history and theory of acupuncture, oriental medicine diagnosis and treatment techniques, and techniques of adjunctive oriental medicine therapies;

The role of acupuncture in individual and public health, such as emergencies and disasters; or

Research and evidence-based medicine as related to acupuncture and Asian medicine;

Category II should consist of:

Western biomedicine and biological sciences;

Scientific or clinical content with a direct bearing on the quality of patient care, community or public health, or preventative medicine;

Laws and ethics;

Enhancement of effective communication with other medical practitioners;

Behavioral sciences, patient counseling, and patient management and motivation when such courses are specifically oriented to the improvement of patient health;

Practice management unrelated to clinical matters and direct patient care, including, but not limited to, administrative record keeping, insurance billing and coding, and general business organization and management; or

Patient education including, but not limited to, patient education in East Asian therapeutic exercise techniques and Asian nutritional therapies.

NOTE: Rule 305 has been updated to include continuing education credits for teaching a class One (1) hour of credit will be given for every two (2) hours of classroom teaching time.

AUDITS

The Board conducts annual audits to insure compliance with the continuing education requirements.  Audits may be initiated any time after you renew your license.  By signing your renewal application, and answering "Yes" to the question that you have met the continuing education requirements, you are certifying to the Board that you have already obtained proof of having completed the required continuing education. 

IF YOU HAVE NOT YET MET THE CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT, DO NOT SUBMIT A RENEWAL APPLICATION INDICATING THAT YOU HAVE.  Submitting a fraudulent application for licensure is grounds for discipline against your license.

When you are audited, you must submit a listing of all continuing education courses completed during the previous year AND proof of attendance documentation for each course.  Failure to submit the required documentation may result in Board action against your right to licensure. 

You should review the Board rules regarding continuing education before signing up for any continuing education offerings.  If you have questions about the continuing education requirements, you may e-mail the Board at acu@ibol.idaho.gov    

                                                                                                                                                

Please note, for additional clarification from the Board on the continuing education requirement and the license renewal processes, please click here.

Some courses automatically qualify for CE credit. Rule 306 states:

306.APPROVAL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES.

Approved continuing education courses shall be those courses, programs, and activities that meet the general requirements, the content requirements of these rules, and that are approved or provided by the following entities or organizations, or otherwise approved by the Board: (4-4-13)

01. NCCAOM; (4-4-13)

02. Accredited Schools. Acupuncture and oriental medicine; and (4-4-13)

03. Other Courses May Be Approved by the Board. Other courses may be approved based upon documentation submitted by the licensee or course provider. All requests for approval or pre-approval of educational programs must be made to the Board in writing, and must be accompanied by a statement that includes the name of the instructor or instructors, the date and time and location of the course, the specific agenda for the course, the number of continuing education credit hours requested, and a statement of how the course is believed to be pertinent to the practice of acupuncture. (4-4-13)

To view the other currently Board approved courses/seminars please click on the following link: APPROVED CE COURSES

A request for Board approval may be submitted by completing the following form: Continued Education Approval Application.