Issuance of license
Sec. 2. Except as provided in section 4 of this chapter, the board shall issue a license to an individual who:
(1) meets the conditions of section 1 of this chapter; and
(2) is otherwise qualified for licensure under this article.
As added by P.L.265-1999, SEC.1.
Applicants licensed in other state or licensed in related fields
Sec. 3. (a) An applicant may, upon the payment of a fee established by the board, be granted a license if the applicant:
(1) submits satisfactory evidence to the board that the applicant has been licensed to practice acupuncture in another state or
authorized in another country to practice acupuncture;
(2) meets the requirements of section 1(1) through 1(4) of this chapter; and
(3) shows to the satisfaction of the board that the applicant has:
(A) successfully completed a clean needle technique course substantially equivalent to a clean needle technique course approved by a national acupuncture association approved by the board;
(B) successfully completed a three (3) year postsecondary training program or acupuncture college program that meets the standards substantially equivalent to the standards for a three (3) year postsecondary training program or acupuncture college program approved by a national acupuncture association approved by the board; and
(C) passed an examination substantially equivalent to the examination required by a national acupuncture association approved by the board.
(b) An applicant may, upon the payment of a fee established by the board, be granted a professional's license to practice acupuncture if the applicant submits satisfactory evidence to the board that the applicant is a:
(1) chiropractor licensed under IC 25-10;
(2) dentist licensed under IC 25-14; or
(3) podiatrist licensed under IC 25-29;
with at least two hundred (200) hours of acupuncture training.
(c) The board shall:
(1) compile, at least once every two (2) years, a list of courses and institutions that provide training approved for the purpose of qualifying an individual for a professional's license under subsection (b); and
(2) adopt rules that set forth procedures for the case by case approval of training under subsection (b).
(d) If an individual's license described in subsection (b)(1), (b)(2), or (b)(3) is subject to any restrictions as the result of disciplinary action taken against the individual by the board that regulates the individual's profession, the same restrictions shall be applied to the individual's professional's license to practice acupuncture.
(e) An individual's professional's license issued under subsection (b) shall be suspended if the individual's license described under subsection (b)(1), (b)(2), or (b)(3) is suspended.
(f) An individual's professional's license issued under subsection (b) shall be revoked if the individual's license described under subsection (b)(1), (b)(2), or (b)(3) is revoked.
(g) The practice of acupuncture by an individual issued a professional's license under subsection (b) is limited to the scope of practice of the individual's license described in subsection (b)(1), (b)(2), or (b)(3).
As added by P.L.265-1999, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.59-2001, SEC.2; P.L.105-2008, SEC.7; P.L.134-2008, SEC.17.
Expiration and renewal of license
Sec. 5. (a) A license issued by the board expires on the date established by the agency under IC 25-1-5-4 in each even-numbered year.
(b) To renew a license, an acupuncturist must:
(1) pay a renewal fee not later than the expiration date of the license; and
(2) submit proof of current active licensure in acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
(c) If an individual fails to pay a renewal fee on or before the expiration date of a license, the license becomes invalid without further action by the board.
(d) If an individual holds a license that has been invalid for not more than three (3) years, the board shall reinstate the license if the individual meets the requirements of IC 25-1-8-6(c).
(e) If more than three (3) years have elapsed since the date a license expired, the individual who holds the license may seek reinstatement of the license by satisfying the requirements for reinstatement under IC 25-1-8-6(d).
As added by P.L.265-1999, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.1-2006, SEC.419; P.L.105-2008, SEC.8.
Denial, suspension, or revocation of license
Sec. 6. The board may deny, suspend, or revoke a license, require remedial education, or issue a letter of reprimand, if an applicant or licensed acupuncturist does any of the following:
(1) Engages in false or fraudulent conduct that demonstrates an unfitness to practice acupuncture, including:
(A) making a misrepresentation in connection with an application for a license or an investigation by the board;
(B) attempting to collect fees for services that were not performed;
(C) false advertising, including guaranteeing that a cure will result from an acupuncture treatment; or
Sec. 7. (a) This section may not be construed to prohibit licensed acupuncturists from practicing auricular acupuncture.
(b) An individual who is not an acupuncturist licensed under this article may practice auricular acupuncture for the purpose of treating alcoholism, substance abuse, or chemical dependency if the individual:
(1) provides the board with documentation of successful
completion of a board approved training program in
acupuncture for the treatment of alcoholism, substance abuse,
or chemical dependency that meets or exceeds the standards of
training set by the National Acupuncture Detoxification
(2) provides the board with documentation of successful completion of a clean needle technique course;
(3) provides auricular acupuncture services within the context of a state, federal, or board approved alcohol, substance abuse, or chemical dependency program under the supervision of a licensed acupuncturist; and
(4) maintains the ethical standards under this article and under rules adopted by the board.
As added by P.L.265-1999, SEC.1.