Simplifying Recertification

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Recertification At a Glance

Diplomates who recertify every four years are considered to be in active status. Diplomates in active status demonstrate that they have completed competency maintenance for their certification or certifications by completing the recertification process every four years. Active Diplomate status assures patients, employers, certifying agencies, and others of a Diplomate’s commitment to upholding certification standards. Active status entitles Diplomates to all of the benefits of certification.

Recertification is achieved through a program of Professional Development Activities – a process of continuing education and professional enhancements, for which a Diplomate acquires 60 PDA points during the four-year recertification cycle.
The Required PDA points may be divided into two sections:

Section 1: Core Competence, Knowledge and Skills

Minimum of 30 points required, may comprise all 60 points required for recertification.

Oriental Medicine Discipline /Five Branches – e.g.: acupuncture, Chinese herbology, Asian Bodywork Therapy – minimum of 15 points required

CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) – 4 points are awarded for verification of CPR. NCCAOM requires maintenance of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), a temporary life-maintenance technique. Diplomates must document verification of a CPR course taken during their recertification cycle. A maximum of 4 PDA points is awarded for verification of CPR which is a stand-alone category. These points may not be used in the Safety/Ethics or any other Core Competence, Knowledge and Skills category.
Important Note: An online CPR course certificate/ID card is accepted by the NCCAOM for the CPR recertification requirement; however, each state has its own requirements related to the type and provider(s) of CPR which are accepted for licensure. It is the Diplomates responsibility to check their state’s information to ensure licensure requirements for CPR are attained.

Safety and/or Ethics – minimum of 4 points required (i.e.: herbal safety, universal precautions, ethics and liability, public health reporting requirement, etc.)

Other Core Competence, Knowledge and Skills Coursework – e.g.: Western Biomedical Sciences – balance of 7 points needed to meet the 30 point requirement in this section if only minimum points were obtained in the three core categories listed above (15+4+4=23).

Coursework taken on any topic covered in any NCCAOM exam content outline may be chosen to fulfill the “Other Core Competence, Knowledge and Skills” category. The NCCAOM exam content outlines are contained in the NCCAOM Examination Study Guides.

Remember all 60 PDA points may be earned in the section of Core Competence, Knowledge and Skills. The PDA points listed above are the minimums required in each category for this section.

Coursework Accepted by NCCAOM in the Section of Core Competence, Knowledge and Skills: NCCAOM accepts PDA points for coursework that is directly for the purpose of enhancing a Diplomate’s knowledge or practice in Oriental medicine and meet one of the following criteria:

      • The course is offered by a current NCCAOM approved PDA provider.
      • The course has been accepted by a state regulatory board for license renewal.
      • The course has been accepted by a professional healthcare organization.
      • The course is part of the academic or professional track sponsored by a school accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) or meets International institution eligibility standards as described in the NCCAOM® Certification Handbook under Route 2: Formal Education International Applicants.
      • The course is part of the academic or professional track sponsored by an AOBTA Council of Schools and Program (COSP) approved institution.
      • The course is a part of a degree program at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

Section 2: Professional Enhancements Summary (Optional)

NCCAOM offers a multitude of ways to earn PDA’s beyond the Core Competence, Knowledge and Skills section. These optional ways to earn PDA’s may not total more than 30 of the 60 points required.

Continuing Education earned outside the category of Core Competence, Knowledge and Skills 30 points maximum
Additional NCCAOM Certification 20 points maximum
Passage of NCCAOM Biomedicine Exam 20 points maximum
Serve on a Professional Board 10 points maximum
Advocate Legislation 10 points maximum
Practice Enhancements outside Oriental Medicine 6 points maximum
Donate Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Services 10 points maximum
NCCAOM Exam Item Writing 10 points maximum
Clinical Supervision 10 points maximum
Clinical Experience 10 points maximum
Peer-reviewed Posters or Exhibits 10 points maximum
Research in Oriental Medicine 20 points maximum
ACAOM Site Visitor 10 points maximum
Teach or Lecture 20 points maximum
Tai Chi and Qigong 10 points maximum
New Language 10 points maximum
Publications—Books, Professional Journals, Articles Varies—see Handbook
NCCAOM Job Analysis Survey 5 points maximum

See Appendix 1 of the NCCAOM® Recertification Handbook for a list of all Professional Enhancements which, includes a description of the enhancement and documentation requirements.

Reminder: All 60 PDA points may be earned in the area of Core Competence, Knowledge and Skills.

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