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AB-808 Acupuncture: license requirements.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 09, 2013
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 21, 2013

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 808


Introduced by Assembly Member Fong

February 21, 2013


An act to amend Section 4938 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to acupuncture.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 808, as amended, Fong. Acupuncture: license requirements.
Existing law, the Acupuncture Licensure Act, provides for an Acupuncture Board within the Department of Consumer Affairs to license and regulate the practice of acupuncture. Existing law requires the board to issue a license to practice acupuncture to a person who files an application, pays a fee, and meets specified criteria, including taking a written examination and completing a clinical internship program.
This bill would require an applicant for a license to practice acupuncture to also pass a practical examination administered by the board on and after January 1, 2016.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 4938 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

4938.
 The board shall issue a license to practice acupuncture to any person who makes an application and meets the following requirements:
(a) Is at least 18 years of age.
(b) Furnishes satisfactory evidence of completion of one of the following:
(1) An educational and training program approved by the board pursuant to Section 4939.
(2) Satisfactory completion of a tutorial program in the practice of an acupuncturist which is approved by the board.
(3) In the case of an applicant who has completed education and training outside the United States and Canada, documented educational training and clinical experience which meets the standards established pursuant to Sections 4939 and 4941.
(c) Passes a written examination and, on and after January 1, 2016, a practical examination administered by the board that tests the applicant’s ability, competency, and knowledge in the practice of an acupuncturist. The written and practical examinations shall be developed by the Office of Professional Examination Services of the Department of Consumer Affairs.
(d) Is not subject to denial pursuant to Division 1.5 (commencing with Section 475).
(e) Completes a clinical internship training program approved by the board. The clinical internship training program shall not exceed nine months in duration and shall be located in a clinic in this state, which is approved by the board pursuant to Section 4939. The length of the clinical internship shall depend upon the grades received in the examination and the clinical training already satisfactorily completed by the individual prior to taking the examination. On and after January 1, 1987, individuals with 800 or more hours of documented clinical training shall be deemed to have met this requirement. The purpose of the clinical internship training program shall be to ensure a minimum level of clinical competence.
Each applicant who qualifies for a license shall pay, as a condition precedent to its issuance and in addition to other fees required, the initial licensure fee.