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Dear CNT Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the Clean Needle Technique (CNT) course, administered by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM). Successful completion of this CNT course is one of the requirements for National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) certification, as well as a licensing requirement in most states.

Please note that the CCAOM CNT course is intended only for currently enrolled acupuncture students, persons currently enrolled in a state or NCCAOM approved tutorial program, persons who have graduated from an acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine program or school, licensed health care professionals legally able to practice acupuncture in the United States, or NADA detoxification specialists. In order to take the CCAOM CNT course, you must meet one of the eligibility criteria listed on page 2 of the application form.

The CNT course contains several components:

  1. an orientation
  2. detailed instruction on the theories, concepts and application of clean needle technique as described in the Clean Needle Technique Manual
  3. a demonstration of the practical application of CNT
  4. a written exam
  5. a training session where each applicant can practice and
  6. perfect the utilization and employment of CNT
  7. a practical exam

Each CNT course begins at 8 am and ends at approximately 5 pm. Although the course may end before 5:00 pm, we cannot guarantee it. If you have any questions after reading the enclosed material, please call the CCAOM office at 410-464-6040, or email your questions to:

Applications can be sent by mail, by fax, or by e-mail (if sent by e-mail, please scan the application and send as an attachment so that signatures are visible) to:

Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
1501 Sulgrave Avenue, Suite 301
Baltimore, MD 21209
Phone: 410-464-6040
Fax: 410-464-6042

If you fax your application to us, please call to confirm receipt, as faxes are not always successfully transmitted.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you do not receive the acceptance materials approximately one month before the course date, you must contact us to find out why. Not receiving the acceptance materials is not a legitimate reason for missing a class, as we do not always receive (or are able to process) every application.


Paula Diamond
CCAOM CNT Program Manager