Those who practice acupuncture and similar homeopathic and all natural methods of medicine need to know about the state and federal regulations for Clean Needle Techniques (CNT). There are some common questions that many people ask when they first begin to research CNT. Here are the four most common questions that need to be addressed:
What is the Clean Needle Technique?
The Clean Needle Technique (CNT) is a mini day long training program that consists of a lecture, a hands-on demonstration, and in depth examinations. This course was first created by acupuncture professionals in 1985 by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). The certification was designed to be a certification program that helped professionals practice acupuncture safely and effectively. Over the last twenty years, the exam and study material has continued to be develop and improved upon. The course helps prepare acupuncture specialists for the exciting career ahead of them with hands on training and expert instruction.
What purpose does the CNT Course serve?
The CNT course was designed is that there was a large and obvious need for a national standard in regards to the use of needles in medical professions such as acupuncture and pain management. With a national certification standard in place, here was a voice of authority for all aspects of needle safety. These types of regulations are strongly supported by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as well as many other schools of study. The approved CNT courses serves the interests of public safety and help educate acupuncturists by ensuring that those who go through the CNT programs, are informed about the national standard of needle safety and given a chance for hands on practice and real world application.
Why should someone go through the CNT course?
In order to be a full-fledged licensed acupuncturist, national certification is required in order to open a business and operate within the field of acupuncture. All applicants for an acupuncturist licenses must have successfully completed the CNT course. Although the techniques, styles, and individual practices used in acupuncture are varied indeed, the NCCAOM and the vast majority of state licensing boards require independent verification of CNT competency in order to ensure fair and just practices. The CNT course has been specially designed to help provide a uniform standard of practice for governing the operations of acupuncture businesses within the country. This course will not substitute or replace any other required coursework that may be required for licensing in techniques, risk management, clinical safety, the upholding of Occupational Safety and Health Act, or any other necessary training.
Why is the CNT Certification so important for national standards?
It is necessary that competence in the practice of safe needling technique is maintained by anyone wishing to practice acupuncture in the United States. The requirement to be verified helps to ensure the safety and health of all involved- the acupuncturist, the patients, staff, and the community at large. Having a high standard of excellence to be upheld is also a necessity in order to foster a positive view and acceptance of acupuncture as a treatment option. Acupuncture is a wonderful way to resolve a number of issues and problems, but it takes a well-trained hand to bring about the best results! Dr. Hamilton is that well trained hand, make your acupuncture appointment today.