Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine: FAQs

Q: What is the Clinical Skills Examination, and do I have to take the exam to be licensed as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM)?

Under its legislative authority and in the interest of public safety, the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine requires licensing candidates to pass a clinical skills examination that demonstrates their knowledge of, and skill in, the diagnostic and treatment techniques of acupuncture and oriental medicine. Candidates are evaluated on their ability to apply generally accepted techniques of oriental medicine in examining, diagnosing, and prescribing treatment for an actual “patient” (a person with a real complaint and an authentic medical history) in a simulated clinical setting. 

Q: My General Course(s) is/are not listed on the board’s approved continuing education list, so how can I obtain approval of my continuing education units?

The board requires certification by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). For continuing education submitted by an organization or instructor teaching a course that is not NCCAOM certified. To obtain NCCAOM certification, the organization/instructor must submit an application and a fee to NCCAOM to become an NCCAOM provider. Contact NCCAOM for their Continuing Education Provider requirements at or by phone at 703-548-9004. You may also view their approved courses online and attend those preapproved courses. If you have questions, please contact the board office via email to: or by phone at 505-476-4630.

Q: If I won’t be using my license for a year or longer, what can I do to avoid the annual renewal fee?

A licensee in good standing may apply to have their license placed on inactive status. Upon approval of an application for an inactive license that fulfills the requirements pursuant to NMAC, the board shall place the license on inactive status.

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