Persons seeking a license to practice acupuncture in the state of Mississippi should become familiar with the requirements accessed via the links below.
Applying for a license
- All license applications are submitted online utilizing the Mississippi Enforcement and Licensure System (MELS). First time users must register and establish a Username and Password. Click the link below to access the user Gateway:
Acupuncturist Notice of Physician Evaluation
§ 73-71-7. Evaluation of patient by physician required within six months before date of performing acupuncture; patient must sign form stating patient was evaluated within the prescribed time; exceptions; practitioner to provide certain information to patient.
All of the following shall apply to an acupuncture practitioner who is licensed to practice in Mississippi:
(a) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (c), the practitioner may perform acupuncture on a patient only if the patient was evaluated by a physician, as appropriate, for the condition being treated within six (6) months before the date that acupuncture is performed. The State Board of Medical Licensure, with advice from the Mississippi Council of Advisors in Acupuncture, may by rule modify the scope of the evaluation under this paragraph or the period during which treatment must begin under this paragraph.
(b) The practitioner must obtain a written statement signed by the patient on a form prescribed by the State Board of Medical Licensure stating that the patient has been evaluated by a physician within the prescribed time. The form must contain a clear statement that the patient should be evaluated by a physician for the condition being treated by the practitioner.
(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a), a practitioner may, without an evaluation from a physician, perform acupuncture on a patient for:
(i) Smoking addiction;
(ii) Weight loss; or
(iii) Substance abuse, to the extent permitted by regulations adopted by the State Board of Medical Licensure, with advice from the Mississippi Council of Advisors in Acupuncture.
(d) Before treating a patient, the practitioner shall advise the patient that acupuncture is not a substitute for conventional medical diagnosis and treatment and shall obtain the informed consent of the patient.
(e) On initially meeting a patient in person, the practitioner shall provide in writing the practitioner’s name, business address, and business telephone number, and information on acupuncture, including the techniques that are used.
(f) While treating a patient, the practitioner shall not make a diagnosis. If a patient’s condition is not improving or a patient requires emergency medical treatment, the practitioner shall consult promptly with a physician.