The Clean Needle Technique (CNT) Manual plays a vital role in preparing acupuncture students for safe practice, state licensure and certification by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). The manual summarizes best practices in acupuncture needling and related topics and is intended to support the work done in introductory acupuncture technique courses in accredited acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) programs.
The information in this manual contributes to the educational curricula in the areas of AOM office procedure safety, bloodborne pathogens, and risk reduction concerning acupuncture and other adjunctive therapies as practiced in private practice, conventional and complementary alternative medicine integrated clinical settings, and in the teaching clinics in accredited AOM programs
Notice to CCAOM CNT Course Attendees: The CNT Manual is required reading in preparation for the course. After receiving registration acceptance confirmation, print or download the manual (using the link below) to your computer or other device or to a flash drive. We recommend that you study the manual thoroughly prior to attending the course. In addition, bring the electronic or print copy of the manual to class, as it may be used during the lecture portion of the class, but cannot be used in any form during the written exam.
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Permissions: The CNT Manual (7th edition) is a copyrighted publication of CCAOM. Permission is granted to download, print and/or reproduce the unedited manual from this website only. As the manual is periodically updated on the CCAOM website, printing or reproduction from any other website may result in obtaining obsolete content. The CCAOM does not provide hard copies of the manual. Any person may link to the CNT Manual on the CCAOM website without permission of CCAOM. No content of the CNT Manual may be translated into any language unless the translator has entered into a prior written agreement with CCAOM.
Intended Audience: The CNT Manual is intended for use primarily by state-licensed acupuncturists, students at accredited AOM colleges, licensed healthcare professionals in other disciplines and non-U.S. acupuncturists. The manual is not intended for use by persons without formal training and regulatory authorization to practice acupuncture.
Disclaimers: The manual focuses on safety and is not a guide to appropriate treatment for particular health conditions. While the manual is intended to reflect best practices as of the date of publication, opinions as to best practices may differ and change over time. Ongoing study and debate concerning best practices within the academic and practitioner communities is encouraged. The CCAOM assumes no liability for any injury that may occur as a result of a practitioner's use of, or reliance upon, any safety protocol contained in this manual.
Comments: CCAOM welcomes comments concerning the substantive content of the CNT Manual. Please reference the specific page(s) in the manual for which the comment applies and a specific source that supports the comment (e.g. a CDC or OSHA standard or authoritative safety studies). Comments that involve an immediate safety issue will be addressed as soon as possible, but please allow up to 60 days for response. All comments will be considered when the manual is reviewed annually.