CNT Course Update & Changes

The Clean Needle Technique course has been administered by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in a one-day in-person format since 1990. Successful completion of the CCAOM CNT course is one of the requirements for certification by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), as well as a licensing requirement in most states.

As many of you may already know, the COVID-19 pandemic required temporary suspension of all CCAOM CNT classes, beginning in March. In response, Council leadership convened a task force to investigate alternative course delivery formats to expedite the resumption of class sessions. A proposal to transition the CNT course to a fully-online format was recently approved and work is underway on course redevelopment.

Your safety is our key priority! Migrating to an online course format ensures safety, minimizes risk and increases accessibility to the course. Imagine not having to wait for a course session in a nearby location! The new online course will feature lecture, FAQ, & demonstration video modules that can be accessed anytime and anywhere. Following completion of all modules, a live-proctored online written exam will be administered. After passing the written exam, you will be scheduled for the 1-on-1 online practical exam.

Complete registration information will be available on this website as soon as the course redevelopment is finished. Our target date for completion is currently late August. We will offer current registrants the opportunity to transfer to an online class or request a refund once registration is open. Until that time, registration for CNT courses is suspended. We appreciate your patience as we complete work on the transition.


If you were not been previously registered for a CNT course that was canceled and do not already have a CCAOM login, please click here to add yourself to our mailing list to be notified when registration is open. 

IMPORTANT!! The continuing education review course (titled ‘CNT Review Course: Acupuncture Safety’) is for review purposes only and is NOT a substitute for the original CNT course described above. The review course can be used for CA board and/or NCCAOM continuing education credits only.