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:
Join the American Society of Acupuncturists as we explore the opportunities and possibilities for Licensed Acupuncturists in the American healthcare system.
We will include sessions in advocacy, research, and work opportunities to inform, unite, and propel forward in today’s changing world of US health policy and beyond!
Board of Director Updates
Message from the President's Desk
With spring comes growth and new beginnings. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for allowing me to serve on as your President over the last year and a half - as well as former years of service as Vice President, Membership Chair and all the way back to where it all began as the NWHSU student representative in 2014. Wow time flies!
With my spring graduation ahead, and new beginnings underfoot, I have taken this moment switch gears and step out of the role as MAA President, and into the role of team/board support. I can't express how the inner workings of our board have grown and changed in leaps and bounds since starting as a student representative! We have so much talent and diversity of skills currently, as well as on the horizon with each new student group, that I truly believe we can see MAA (and our MN profession) will continue to reach new heights.
Starting in April (today) and through out the remainder of my 2019 term, Nick Dougherty (previous Vice President) will take on the role as acting Interim President, whereupon in Jan 2020 the board will conduct officer elections for the following term.
At MAA, we always need volunteers, student directors and board alternates (and we have a fun, open, dynamic group), so if you're interested in joining - please do!
With thanks and gratitude,
Valerie Overby, M.Om., Dipl. Acu (NCCAOM) L.Ac.
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.