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AB-758 Acupuncture: education and training programs.(2015-2016)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 4927.5 of the Business and Professions Code, as added by Section 2 of Chapter 397 of the Statutes of 2014, is amended to read:

4927.5.
 (a) For purposes of this chapter, “approved educational and training program” means a school or college offering education and training in the practice of an acupuncturist that meets all of the following requirements:
(1) Offers curriculum that includes at least 3,000 hours of which at least 2,050 hours are didactic and laboratory training, and at least 950 hours are supervised clinical instruction. Has submitted that curriculum to the board, and has received board approval of the curriculum. Any school or college offering education and training in the practice of acupuncture that was approved by the board prior to January 1, 2017, has not had its approval revoked, and has not changed its curriculum since receiving board approval, is deemed to have had its curriculum approved by the board for the purposes of this section. 
(2) Has received full institutional approval under Article 6 (commencing with Section 94885) of Chapter 8 of Part 59 of Division 10 of Title 3 of the Education Code in the field of traditional Asian medicine, or in the case of institutions located outside of this state, approval by the appropriate governmental educational authority using standards equivalent to those of Article 6 (commencing with Section 94885) of Chapter 8 of Part 59 of Division 10 of Title 3 of the Education Code.
(3) Meets any of the following:
(A) Is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Medicine or another accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. 
(B) Has been granted preaccreditation candidacy  status by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. or another accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. 
(C) Has submitted a letter of intent to pursue accreditation to the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine or another accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education  within 30 days of receiving full institutional approval pursuant to paragraph (2), and is granted preaccreditation candidacy  status within three years of the date that letter was submitted.
(b) Within 30 days after receiving curriculum pursuant to paragraph (1), the board shall review the curriculum, determine whether the curriculum satisfies the requirements established by the board, and notify the school or college, the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and the Bureau for any other accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, and Bureau of  Private and Postsecondary Education of whether the board has approved the curriculum.
(c) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2017.

SEC. 2.

 Section 4939.5 is added to the Business and Professions Code, to read:

4939.5.
 (a) The board shall conduct site visits to each site of a school or college of acupuncture to inspect or reinspect the school or college for purposes of approval or continued approval of its training program.
(b) The board shall impose a fee for the site visits in an amount to recover direct reasonable regulatory costs incurred by the board in conducting the inspection and evaluation of the school or college.