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An Approved Candidate has met the NCCAOM eligibility requirements and will be authorized to sit for the NCCAOM exams. An Authorization to Test (ATT) letter, containing the candidate ID number and instructions for registering to test with Pearson VUE, will be issued and mailed within 14 days of final approval.

The Clean Needle Technique Course (CNT) is also required for Approved Candidates requesting certification in Acupuncture or Oriental Medicine.

Examination Information – General   ▼   (Click to Read) 

Examinations

All the examination modules are administered at numerous Pearson VUE testing centers worldwide.

Adaptive examination modules offered year round – English:
Foundations of Oriental Medicine
Acupuncture with Point Location
Chinese Herbology
Biomedicine

Adapative Examinations (English Language)
Examination Number of Items Time Allowed Exam Fee 
Foundations of Oriental Medicine 100 2.5 Hours $300
Acupuncture with Point Location 100 2.5 Hours $300
Chinese Herbology 100 2.5 Hours $300
Biomedicine 100 2.5 Hours $300

Linear examination modules are offered during specified exam administration periods as listed below.

Linear Examinations
Reinstatement Examinations (English Language)
Administration Periods for 2014: July 14-26, September 15-27 and December 8-20
2014 Reinstatement exam registration with Pearson VUE opens on March 1, 2014
Examination Number of Items Time Allowed Exam Fee
Acupuncture Reinstatement Exam 150 3.5 Hours $450
Chinese Herbology Reinstatement Exam 150 3.5 Hours $450
Oriental Medicine Reinstatement Exam 200 5 Hours $550
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology Reinstatement Exam 200 5 Hours $550
Foreign Language Examinations (Chinese or Korean Language)
Administration Period: December 8-20, 2014
Examination Number of Items Time Allowed Exam Fee
Foundations of Oriental Medicine 100 2.5 Hours $400
Acupuncture with Point Location 100 2.5 Hours $400
Chinese Herbology 100 2.5 Hours $400
Biomedicine 100 2.5 Hours $400

The Exam Administration section in the NCCAOM® Certification Handbook covers everything from ADA accommodation information, Examination Confidentiality, and the consequences of failing an exam 5 times. The ATT letter is a great resource for testing day instructions or the information can be found under Examination Day in the NCCAOM® Certification Handbook.

Exam Scoring Information

To help aid in the better understanding of the scoring process used by NCCAOM the information below was originally prepared by our psychometric vendor, Schroeder Measurement Technologies (SMT). Document A: serves to explain the process that the Exam Development Committees use to determine the passing score. Document B: supplies an explanation for the equating of test forms and how the scores are scaled to the number which appears on your test score report. These documents are general explanations and do not discuss specifics about your examination.

Elimination of Remedial Education - The NCCAOM Board of Commissioners voted to eliminate the mandatory remedial education required after a third exam attempt. During initial exam approval, all candidates will be approved for five attempts for each exam. Candidates are responsible for preparing themselves for NCCAOM certification exam modules; however, the NCCAOM encourages candidates to obtain remedial education; through their school or through reputable test preparation services or publications that may be of assistance.

Five Time Rule – After the fifth unsuccessful attempt to pass an NCCAOM examination (all formats and/or languages inclusive), the candidate has no subsequent opportunities to test in the particular exam

ADA Accommodations   ▼

Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

The NCCAOM complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and will accommodate reasonable and properly documented requests for special accommodations that do not fundamentally alter the nature of its examinations or jeopardize examination security.

To request accommodations, submit the appropriate forms for each certification program or provide in writing all the information that is requested on each of the forms. If you require accommodations in the application process itself, contact NCCAOM for assistance.

ADA Accommodations at Pearson VUE

The NCCAOM will consider special accommodations for individuals covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In compliance with the ADA and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act as amended, (in Canada the Employment Equity Act, Canada) anyone who requires special arrangements at the exam site may be provided auxiliary arrangements if the arrangements do not alter the exam or result in an unreasonable burden.

Americans with Disabilities Act – Dept. of Justice


The official publications and announcements of Americans with Disabilities Act can be found on the ADA Homepage – www.ada.gov

Achieving and Maintaining Certification   ▼

Passing all required NCCAOM examinations does not automatically result in certification. Candidates are not certified until all required documents are accepted and the candidate has received the official NCCAOM congratulatory letter along with a wallet-size identification card by USPS mail. Candidates may not represent or advertise NCCAOM certification until this official notification is received approximately four (4) weeks after all requirements are met. Candidates may expect to receive an NCCAOM certificate, suitable for framing, approximately six (6) weeks from the date certified.

Once certification is achieved please visit the Diplomate page on the NCCAOM website for information on how to use the NCCAOM credential and service marks.

In order to maintain NCCAOM certification, Diplomates must recertify every four (4) years. Visit the Diplomate pages on the NCCAOM website for additional information.

Overview of “Approved Candidate” Requirements Which Must be Received by NCCAOM to Achieve Certification

Acupuncture Program   ▼
  • Biomedicine Exam successfully passed by a score of 70 or higher
  • Foundations of Oriental Medicine Exam successfully passed by a score of 70 or higher
  • Acupuncture with Point Location Exam successfully passed by a score of 70 or higher
  • CNT course approved by the NCCAOM sent directly to the NCCAOM from the provider
  • Graduation Transcript sent directly from the school to NCCAOM
Oriental Medicine Program   ▼
  • Biomedicine Exam successfully passed by a score of 70 or higher
  • Foundations of Oriental Medicine Exam successfully passed by a score of 70 or higher
  • Acupuncture with Point Location Exam successfully passed by a score of 70 or higher
  • Chinese Herbology Exam successfully passed by a score of 70 or higher
  • CNT course approved by the NCCAOM sent directly to the NCCAOM from the provider
  • Graduation Transcript sent directly from the school to NCCAOM
Chinese Herbology Program   ▼
  • Biomedicine Exam successfully passed by a score of 70 or higher
  • Foundations of Oriental Medicine Exam successfully passed by a score of 70 or higher
  • Chinese Herbology Exam successfully passed by a score of 70 or higher
  • Graduation Transcript sent directly from the school to NCCAOM

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