CNT Online Course Overview & Update

Successful completion of the CCAOM Clean Needle Technique (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.

Administered by the Council as a one-day in-person class format since 1990, the COVID-19 pandemic required suspension of all CCAOM CNT classes, beginning in March. In response, Council approved a proposal to transition the CNT course to a fully-online format and the redevelopment team has worked tirelessly over the past few months to complete the initiative.

The new online course features a series of video lecture lecture modules and quizzes. Following completion of all modules, a live-proctored online written exam will be administered. After passing the written exam, a  1-on-1 online practical exam will be administered by an experienced CCAOM examiner. Therefore, the number of available exam dates will be limited, based on proctor and examiner availability. 

As a courtesy to CNT course registrants from canceled spring & summer classes, priority registration invitations will soon be sent to these individuals (in the order of original class date).

The Council will strive to accommodate current registrants as quickly as possible. To expedite the registration process, current registrants are encouraged to: 

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