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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 9TEXAS MEDICAL BOARD
CHAPTER 183ACUPUNCTURE
RULE §183.4Licensure

  (2) Required documentation. Documentation required of all applicants for licensure shall include the following:

    (A) Birth certificate/proof of age. Each applicant for licensure must provide a copy of a birth certificate, and translation if necessary, to prove that the applicant is at least 21 years of age. In instances where a birth certificate is not available, the applicant must provide copies of a passport or other suitable alternate documentation.

    (B) Name change. Any applicant who submits documentation showing a name other than the name under which the applicant has applied must present copies of marriage licenses, divorce decrees, or court orders stating the name change. In cases where the applicant's name has been changed by naturalization the applicant must submit the original naturalization certificate by hand delivery or by certified mail to the board office for inspection.

    (C) Examination scores. Each applicant for licensure must have a certified transcript of grades submitted directly from the appropriate testing service to the acupuncture board for all examinations used in Texas for purposes of licensure in Texas.

    (D) Dean's certification. Each applicant for licensure must have a certificate of graduation submitted directly from the school of acupuncture on a form provided by the acupuncture board. The applicant shall attach to the form a recent photograph, meeting United States Government passport standards, before submitting it to the school of acupuncture. The school shall have the Dean or the designated appointee sign the form attesting to the information on the form and placing the school seal over the photograph.

    (E) Diploma or certificate. All applicants for licensure must submit a copy of their diploma or certificate of graduation.

    (F) Evaluations. All applicants must provide, on a form furnished by the acupuncture board, evaluations of their professional affiliations for the past ten years or since graduation from acupuncture school, whichever is the shorter period.

    (G) Preacupuncture school transcript. Each applicant must have the appropriate school or schools submit a copy of the record of their undergraduate education directly to the acupuncture board. Transcripts must show courses taken and grades obtained. If determined that the documentation submitted by the applicant is not sufficient to show proof of the completion of 60 semester hours of college courses other than in acupuncture school, the applicant must obtain coursework verification by submitting documentation to the acupuncture board for a determination as to the adequacy of such education or to a two or four year institution of higher education within the United States. The institution must be preapproved by the board's executive director and accredited by an agency recognized as a regional accrediting body by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or its equivalent in another state.

    (H) School of acupuncture transcript. Each applicant must have his or her acupuncture school submit a transcript of courses taken and grades obtained directly to the acupuncture board. Transcripts must clearly demonstrate completion of 1,800 instructional hours, with at least 450 hours of herbal studies.

    (I) Fingerprint card. Each applicant must submit his or her fingerprints according to the procedure prescribed by the board.

    (J) Other verification. For good cause shown, with the approval of the acupuncture board, verification of any information required by this subsection may be made by a means not otherwise provided for in this subsection.

  (3) Additional documentation. Applicants may be required to submit other documentation, including but not limited to the following:

    (A) Translations. An accurate certified translation of any document that is in a language other than the English language must be submitted along with the original document or a certified copy of the original document which has been translated.

    (B) Arrest Records. If an applicant has ever been arrested, a copy of the arrest and arrest disposition from the arresting authority and must be submitted by that authority directly to the acupuncture board.

    (C) Malpractice. If an applicant has ever been named in a malpractice claim filed with any liability carrier or if an applicant has ever been named in a malpractice suit, the applicant shall submit the following:

      (i) a completed liability carrier form furnished by the acupuncture board regarding each claim filed against the applicant's insurance;

      (ii) for each claim that becomes a malpractice suit, a letter from the attorney representing the applicant directly to this board explaining the allegation, dates of the allegation, and current status of the suit. If the suit has been closed, the attorney must state the disposition of the suit, and if any money was paid, the amount of the settlement, unless release of such information is prohibited by law or an order of a court with competent jurisdiction. If such letter is not available, the applicant will be required to furnish a notarized affidavit explaining why this letter cannot be provided; and

      (iii) a statement, composed by the applicant, explaining the circumstances pertaining to patient care in defense of the allegations.

    (D) Inpatient treatment for alcohol/substance abuse or mental illness. Each applicant that has been admitted to an inpatient facility within the last five years for the treatment of alcohol/substance abuse or mental illness must submit the following:

      (i) an applicant's statement explaining the circumstances of the hospitalization;

      (ii) an admitting summary and discharge summary, submitted directly from the inpatient facility;

      (iii) a statement from the applicant's treating physician/psychotherapist as to diagnosis, prognosis, medications prescribed, and follow-up treatment recommended; and

      (iv) a copy of any contracts or agreements signed with any licensing authority.

    (E) Outpatient treatment for alcohol/substance abuse or mental illness. Each applicant that has been treated on an outpatient basis within the last five years for alcohol/substance abuse or mental illness must submit the following:

      (i) an applicant's statement explaining the circumstances of the outpatient treatment;

      (ii) a statement from the applicant's treating physician/psychotherapist as to diagnosis, prognosis, medications prescribed, and follow-up treatment recommended; and

      (iii) a copy of any contracts or agreements signed with any licensing authority.

    (F) Additional documentation. Additional documentation as is deemed necessary to facilitate the investigation of any application for licensure.

    (G) DD214. A copy of the DD214 indicating separation from any branch of the United States military must be submitted.

    (H) Other verification. For good cause shown, with the approval of the acupuncture board, verification of any information required by this subsection may be made by a means not otherwise provided for in this subsection.

    (I) False documentation. Falsification of any affidavit or submission of false information to obtain a license may subject an acupuncturist to denial of a license or to discipline pursuant to the Act, §205.351.

  (4) Substitute documents/proof. The acupuncture board may, at its discretion, allow substitute documents where proof of exhaustive efforts on the applicant's part to secure the required documents is presented. These exceptions are reviewed by the acupuncture board, a board committee, or the board's executive director on an individual case-by-case basis.

(d) Temporary license.

  (1) Issuance. The acupuncture board may, through the executive director of the agency, issue a temporary license to a licensure applicant who:

    (A) appears to meet all the qualifications for an acupuncture license under the Act, but is waiting for the next scheduled meeting of the acupuncture board for review and for the license to be issued; or

    (B) has not, on a full-time basis, actively practiced as an acupuncturist as defined under subsection (a)(9) of this section but meets all other requirements for licensure.

  (2) Duration/renewal. A temporary license shall be valid for 100 days from the date issued and may be extended only for another 30 days after the date the initial temporary license expires. Issuance of a temporary license may be subject to restrictions at the discretion of the executive director and shall not be deemed dispositive in regard to the decision by the acupuncture board to grant or deny an application for a permanent license.

(e) Distinguished professor temporary license.

  (1) Issuance. The acupuncture board may issue a distinguished professor temporary license to an acupuncturist who:

    (A) holds a substantially equivalent license, certificate, or authority to practice acupuncture in another state, province, or country;

    (B) agrees to and limits any acupuncture practice in this state to acupuncture practice for demonstration or teaching purposes for acupuncture students and/or instructors, and in direct affiliation with an acupuncture school that is a candidate for accreditation or has accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) at which the students are trained and/or the instructors teach;

    (C) agrees to and limits practice to demonstrations or instruction under the direct supervision of a licensed Texas acupuncturist who holds an unrestricted license to practice acupuncture in this state;

    (D) pays any required fees for issuance of the distinguished professor temporary license; and

    (E) passes the JP Exam, as provided in subsection (a)(7) of this section.

  (2) Duration. The distinguished professor temporary license shall be valid for a continuous one-year period; however, the permit is revocable at any time the board deems necessary. The distinguished professor temporary license shall automatically expire one year after the date of issuance. The distinguished professor temporary license may not be renewed or reissued.

  (3) Disciplinary action. A distinguished professor temporary license may be denied, terminated, canceled, suspended, or revoked for any violation of acupuncture board rules or the Act, Subchapter H.

(f) Relicensure. If an acupuncturist's license has been expired for one year, it is considered to have been canceled, and the acupuncturist may not renew the license. The acupuncturist may submit an application for relicensure and must comply with the requirements and procedures for obtaining an original license.


Source Note: The provisions of this §183.4 adopted to be effective May 5, 1997, 22 TexReg 3651; amended to be effective May 10, 1998, 23 TexReg 4266; amended to be effective March 5, 2000, 25 TexReg 1625; amended to be effective September 21, 2000, 25 TexReg 9217; amended to be effective May 6, 2001, 26 TexReg 3217; amended to be effective January 6, 2002, 26 TexReg 10866; amended to be effective March 31, 2002, 27 TexReg 2236; amended to be effective September 19, 2002, 27 TexReg 8770; amended to be effective March 6, 2003, 28 TexReg 1883; amended to be effective November 7, 2004, 29 TexReg 10113; amended to be effective May 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 3534; amended to be effective January 4, 2007, 31 TexReg 10799; amended to beeffective May 6, 2009, 34 TexReg 2675; amended to be effective May 2, 2010, 35 TexReg 3279; amended to be effective July 4, 2012, 37 TexReg 4929; amended to be effective December 7, 2014, 39 TexReg 9344; amended to be effective July 9, 2015, 40 TexReg 4354; amended to be effective July 7, 2016, 41 TexReg 4826; amended to be effective March 27, 2018, 43 TexReg 1865

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