Acupuncture Continuing Education

Illinois Acupuncture

Acupuncture Continuing Education Online




Illinois Provider License Number: 225.000018


Illinois acupuncturists are required to take a total of 30 hours of continuing education every two years to maintain licensure. Illinois allows up to 23 hours of acupuncture continuing education to be taken online towards acupuncture license renewal.

In 2017, the amount of acupuncture continuing education online was increased to 23 hours in the following Illinois regulation: Title 68, Professions and Occupations, Chapter VII, Subchapter b, Part 1140 Acupuncture Practice Act, Section 1140.90 Continuing Education.

Section 1140.90 refers to acupuncture continuing education and states the following:

  1. A maximum of 23 hours of CE credit may be earned in a pre-renewal period for completion of self-study (including online, correspondence, audio or video) courses that are provided by a sponsor approved by the Division pursuant to subsection (c).
  2. Every licensee who applies for renewal or restoration of an acupuncturist license shall complete 30 hours of CE relevant to the professional skills and scientific knowledge of the licensee in the practice of acupuncture.
  3. A pre-renewal period is the 24 months preceding June 30 of each odd-numbered year. offers official pre-approved Illinois acupuncture continuing education credit online: Illinois Continuing Education Provider #225.000018 

All courses at HealthCMi are NCCAOM approved; therefore, all courses may also be taken for NCCAOM Diplomate recertification in addition to Illinois acupuncture license renewal credit.


Sample of Recommended Courses


Acupuncture For Insomnia >
Value: 17 Illinois CEs and NCCAOM Diplomate PDAs (core)
Learn acupuncture treatments for insomnia. Topics include diagnosis, treatment principles, and acupuncture point prescriptions. Review modern research on the effectiveness of specific acupuncture points. Research comparing the efficacy of acupuncture versus medications is also presented.

Low Back Pain >
Value: 18 Illinois CEs and NCCAOM Diplomate PDAs (core)
Explore acupuncture treatments for lower back pain, including modern research and classical acupuncture point prescriptions. Download the course, take the online quiz and receive a certificate of completion to fulfill your acupuncture continuing education online.

Acupuncture for Hypertension and Arrhythmias >
Value: 6 Illinois CEs and NCCAOM Diplomate PDAs (core)
This online course presents acupuncture point prescriptions for the treatment of hypertension and arrhythmias based on scientific research.

Safety: Acupuncture Needle Cautions >

Value: 4 Illinois CEs and NCCAOM Diplomate PDAs (core)
Review basic safety precautions for acupuncture points located over internal organs, major blood vessels and other sensitive regions. Learn laws and rules related to medical waste disposal and medical records. Basic contraindications for moxibustion, cupping and acupuncture treatments during pregnancy are also presented.

Safety In Acupuncture #1 >

Learn acupuncture points of major safety concern, review pathogens affecting the workplace, and review medical waste disposal concerns.
Value: 2 CEUs, 2 NCCAOM Safety PDAs, 2 CAEs, 2 CEs

Safety In Acupuncture #2 >

Review safety concerns related to acupuncture, moxibustion, and cupping. Acupuncture contraindications for pregnancy, needle precautions for sensitive areas, scope of practice concerns, and clean needle techniques are presented.
Value: 2 CEUs, 2 NCCAOM Safety PDAs, 2 CAEs, 2 CEs

Safety In Acupuncture #3 >

Review safety concerns related to acupuncture points that are potential risks for pneumothorax and how to avoid puncturing the lungs plus other acupuncturist safety concerns.
Value: 2 CEUs, 2 NCCAOM Safety PDAs, 2 CAEs, 2 CEs

Safety In Acupuncture Pneumothorax Prevention #1 >

Learn how to avoid acupuncture induced collapsed lung (pneumothorax) with safe needling precautions.
Value: 2 CEUs, 2 NCCAOM Safety PDAs, 2 CAEs, 2 CEs

Safety: Acupuncture & Pneumothorax >

This anytime online course is approved for 4 NCCAOM Diplomate Safety PDAs, 4 California Acupuncture Board acupuncture CEUs, 4 Florida CEs (2 medical errors, 2 biomedical sciences), 4 Illinois CEUs, 4 Texas CAEs (1 ethics, 1 biomedicine, 2 general), 4 CAAA (Alberta) and 4 CTCMA (BC, Canada) acupuncture CEs. Also valid for 4 California Board of Registered Nursing contact hours. Acupuncture related pneumothorax (collapsed lung) is an avoidable risk. This course provides an overview of lung anatomy and relevant acupuncture points so that a licensed acupuncturist need never cause a pneumothorax.