Let’s start with the good news: the rule change amendment proposed by the Acupuncture Advisory Board of Utah, which would require new applicants for acupuncture licenses in Utah to have the NCCAOM certification in Chinese Herbology, is NOT moving forward.
This means that POCA Tech graduates can still qualify for acupuncture licenses in Utah; the attempt to shut them out didn’t succeed.
There was a meeting on February 20th at the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, attended by representatives of both Wasatch Community Acupuncture and POCA Tech. You can listen to a recording of the meeting — but if you do, brace yourself for some serious ugliness.
To sum up: after two hours of discussion, Larry Marx the Bureau Manager of DOPL, said, “After listening to the information that’s been provided, and the information I’ve received from numerous people on both sides, at this time I do not believe that the Division feels that changing this rule is appropriate, so I’m not going to move the rule forward. That’s within my discretion, and within the Division’s discretion by statute.”
And as for the rest of the news, the less good part: thanks to attending that meeting, I have a whole new take on the acupuncture profession. POCA members can read it here.