The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) received official approval from the Department of Veterans Affairs declaring that U.S. veterans can receive reimbursement for the costs of the NCCAOM certification examinations. The examinations that qualify for reimbursement are the Acupuncture and Point Location Module, the Foundations of Oriental Medicine Module, the Biomedicine Module and the Chinese Herbology Module.
Candidates must meet eligibility requirements in order to be approved to take the NCCAOM exam(s). Education must be obtained from an education program that is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) or a program that has reached candidacy status with ACAOM.
"NCCAOM submitted an application to the Department of Veteran Affairs for veteran reimbursement for the NCCAOM examination costs in order that veterans who have courageously and selflessly served our country will be able to benefit from beginning a new career as an acupuncturist by becoming NCCAOM certified", said Kory Ward-Cook, Ph.D., CAE, NCCAOM Chief Executive Officer. "NCCAOM is proud of the men and women who have sacrificed so much in service to our country and this is one way that we can give back to them."
NCCAOM certification is a requirement for licensure in most states. A voluntary certification organization, the NCCAOM does not award licenses to practice acupuncture or other forms of Oriental medicine. In the United States, licensure laws vary among the states and the District of Columbia.
Veterans who qualify for examination reimbursement must submit their official NCCAOM examination results and receipt for the cost of the examinations to the appropriate processing center of the Department of Veteran Affairs for reimbursement.
For more information visit the Department of Veterans Affairs web site at www.gibill.va.gov and the NCCAOM web site at www.nccaom.org.
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