Texas Administrative Code
Title 22 - EXAMINING BOARDS
Part 9 - TEXAS MEDICAL BOARD
Chapter 183 - ACUPUNCTURE
Section 183.2 - Definitions

Universal Citation: 22 TX Admin Code ยง 183.2

Current through Reg. 49, No. 12; March 22, 2024

The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the content clearly indicates otherwise.

(1) Ability to communicate in the English language--An applicant who has met the requirements set out in § 183.4(a)(8) of this title (relating to Licensure).

(2) Acceptable approved acupuncture school--Effective January 1, 1996, and in addition to and consistent with the requirements of § 205.206 of the Tex. Occ. Code:

(A) a school of acupuncture located in the United States or Canada which, at the time of the applicant's graduation, was a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) or another accrediting body recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, provides certification that the curriculum at the time of the applicant's graduation was equivalent to the curriculum upon which accreditation granted, offered a masters degree or a professional certificate or diploma upon graduation, and had a curriculum of 1,800 hours with at least 450 hours of herbal studies which at a minimum included the following:
(i) basic herbology including recognition, nomenclature, functions, temperature, taste, contraindications, and therapeutic combinations of herbs;

(ii) herbal formulas including traditional herbal formulas and their modifications or variations based on traditional methods of herbal therapy;

(iii) patent herbs including the names of the more common patent herbal medications and their uses; and

(iv) clinical training emphasizing herbal uses; or

(B) a school of acupuncture located in the United States or Canada which, at the time of the applicant's graduation, was accredited by ACAOM or another accrediting body recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, offered a masters degree or a professional certificate or diploma upon graduation, and had a curriculum of 1,800 hours with at least 450 hours of herbal studies which at a minimum included the following:
(i) basic herbology including recognition, nomenclature, functions, temperature, taste, contraindications, and therapeutic combinations of herbs;

(ii) herbal formulas including traditional herbal formulas and their modifications or variations based on traditional methods of herbal therapy;

(iii) patent herbs including the names of the more common patent herbal medications and their uses; and

(iv) clinical training emphasizing herbal uses; or

(C) a school of acupuncture located outside the United States or Canada that is determined by the board to be substantially equivalent to a Texas acupuncture school or a school defined in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph. An evaluation by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) or an evaluation requested by the board may be utilized when making a determination of substantial equivalence.

(3) Acupuncture Act or "the Act"--Chapter 205 of the Texas Occupations Code.

(4) Acupuncture--

(A) The insertion of an acupuncture needle and the application of moxibustion to specific areas of the human body as a primary mode of therapy to treat and mitigate a human condition, including the evaluation and assessment of the condition; and

(B) the administration of thermal or electrical treatments or the recommendation of dietary guidelines, energy flow exercise, or dietary or herbal supplements in conjunction with the treatment described by subparagraph (A) of this paragraph.

(5) Acupuncture board or "board"--The Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners.

(6) Acupuncturist--A licensee of the acupuncture board who directly or indirectly charges a fee for the performance of acupuncture services.

(7) Agency--The divisions, departments, and employees of the Texas Medical Board, the Texas Physician Assistant Board, and the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners.

(8) APA--The Administrative Procedure Act, Government Code, § 2001.001 et seq.

(9) Applicant--A party seeking a license from the board.

(10) Application--An application is all documents and information necessary to complete an applicant's request for licensure including the following:

(A) forms furnished by the board, completed by the applicant:
(i) all forms and addenda requiring a written response must be printed in ink or typed;

(ii) photographs must meet United States Government passport standards;

(B) a fingerprint card, furnished by the acupuncture board, completed by the applicant, that must be readable by the Texas Department of Public Safety;

(C) all documents required under § 183.4(c) of this title (relating to Licensure Documentation); and

(D) the required fee, payable by check through a United States bank.

(11) Assistant Presiding Officer--A member of the acupuncture board elected by the acupuncture board to fulfill the duties of the presiding officer in the event the presiding officer is incapacitated or absent, or the presiding officer's duly qualified successor under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised or board rules.

(12) Board member--One of the members of the acupuncture board, appointed and qualified pursuant to §§ 205.051 - 205.053 of the Act.

(13) Chiropractor--A licensee of the Texas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

(14) Contested case--A proceeding, including but not restricted to, licensing, in which the legal rights, duties, or privileges of a party are to be determined by the board after an opportunity for adjudicative hearing.

(15) Documents--Applications, petitions, complaints, motions, protests, replies, exceptions, answers, notices, or other written instruments filed with the medical board or acupuncture board in a licensure proceeding or by a party in a contested case.

(16) Eligible for legal practice and/or licensure in country of graduation--An applicant who has completed all requirements for legal practice of acupuncture and/or licensure in the country in which the school is located except for any citizenship requirements.

(17) Executive Director--The executive director of the agency or the authorized designee of the executive director.

(18) Full force--Applicants for licensure who possess a license in another jurisdiction must have it in full force and not restricted, canceled, suspended or revoked. An acupuncturist with a license in full force may include an acupuncturist who does not have a current, active, valid annual permit in another jurisdiction because that jurisdiction requires the acupuncturist to practice in the jurisdiction before the annual permit is current.

(19) Full NCCAOM examination--The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine examination, consisting of the following:

(A) if taken before June 1, 2004: the Comprehensive Written Exam (CWE), the Clean Needle Technique Portion (CNTP), the Practical Examination of Point Location Skills (PEPLS), and the Chinese Herbology Exam; or

(B) if taken on or after June 1, 2004: the NCCAOM Foundation of Oriental Medicine Module, Acupuncture Module, Point Location Module, the Chinese Herbology Module, and the Biomedicine Module.

(20) Good professional character--An applicant for licensure must not be in violation of or have committed any act described in the Act, § 205.351.

(21) Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)--An individual appointed to preside over administrative hearings pursuant to the APA.

(22) License--Includes the whole or part of any board permit, certificate, approval, registration, or similar form of permission required by law; specifically, a license and a registration.

(23) Licensing--Includes the medical board's and acupuncture board's process respecting the granting, denial, renewal, revocation, suspension, annulment, withdrawal, or amendment of a license.

(24) Medical board--The Texas Medical Board.

(25) Misdemeanors involving moral turpitude--Any misdemeanor of which fraud, dishonesty, or deceit is an essential element; burglary; robbery; sexual offense; theft; child molesting; substance diversion or substance abuse; an offense involving baseness, vileness, or depravity in the private social duties one owes to others or to society in general; or an offense committed with knowing disregard for justice or honesty.

(26) Party--The acupuncture board and each person named or admitted as a party in a SOAH hearing or contested case before the acupuncture board.

(27) Person--Any individual, partnership, corporation, association, governmental subdivision, or public or private organization of any character.

(28) Physician--A licensee of the medical board.

(29) Pleading--Written documents filed by parties concerning their respective claims.

(30) Presiding officer--The member of the acupuncture board appointed by the governor to preside over acupuncture board proceedings or the presiding officer's duly qualified successor in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised or board rules.

(31) Register--The Texas Register.

(32) Rule--Any agency statement of general applicability that implements, interprets, or prescribes law or policy, or describes the procedures or practice requirements of this board. The term includes the amendment or repeal of a prior section but does not include statements concerning only the internal management or organization of any agency and not affecting private rights or procedures. This definition includes substantive regulations.

(33) Secretary--The secretary-treasurer of the acupuncture board.

(34) Substantially equivalent to a Texas acupuncture school--A school or college of acupuncture that is an institution of higher learning designed to select and educate acupuncture students; provide students with the opportunity to acquire a sound basic acupuncture education through training; to develop programs of acupuncture education to produce practitioners, teachers, and researchers; and to afford opportunity for postgraduate and continuing medical education. The school must provide resources, including faculty and facilities, sufficient to support a curriculum offered in an intellectual and practical environment that enables the program to meet these standards. The faculty of the school shall actively contribute to the development and transmission of new knowledge. The school of acupuncture shall contribute to the advancement of knowledge and to the intellectual growth of its students and faculty through scholarly activity, including research. The school of acupuncture shall include, but not be limited to, the following characteristics:

(A) the facilities for didactic and clinical training (i.e., laboratories, hospitals, library, etc.) shall be adequate to ensure opportunity for proper education.

(B) the admissions standards shall be substantially equivalent to a Texas school of acupuncture.

(C) the basic curriculum shall include courses substantially equivalent to those delineated in the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) core curriculum at the time of applicant's graduation.

(D) the curriculum shall be of at least 1800 hours in duration.

(35) Military service member--A person who is on active duty.

(36) Military spouse--A person who is married to a military service member.

(37) Military veteran--A person who served on active duty and who was discharged or released from active duty.

(38) Active duty--A person who is currently serving as full-time military service member in the armed forces of the United States or active duty military service as a member of the Texas military forces, as defined by § 437.001, Government Code, or similar military service of another state.

(39) Armed forces of the United States--Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps of the United States or a reserve unit of one of those branches of the armed forces.

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