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Oriental Medicine (OM)

Eligibility Requirements

 To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Be of good moral character;
  • Submit a criminal record check (FBI & Ohio BCI);
  • Hold current and active designation from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as either a diplomate in oriental medicine or diplomate of acupuncture and Chinese herbology;
  • Have successfully completed, in the 2 year period immediately preceding application one course approved by the commission on federal food and drug administration dispensary and compounding guidelines and procedures;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in spoken English.

Criminal Record Checks (FBI & Ohio BCI)

All applicants for licensure are required to complete an FBI and Ohio BCI criminal records check.  Criminal Record Check fees are $24.00 (FBI) and $22.00 (Ohio BCI), plus vendor processing fees. 

  • In-state applicants: You must use the services of a vendor that participates in the "National WebCheck". Click here for a list of vendors. The sheriff's offices in most of Ohio's 88 counties also participate in the "National WebCheck." Please allow at least two to four weeks for the Board to receive and process in-state background checks.
  • Out-of-state applicants: Request a Fingerprint Packet. Please allow at least six to eight weeks for the Board to receive and process out-of-state background checks.

Please Note: Request that the results be sent directly to the State Medical Board of Ohio. The Medical Board will not accept results from the applicant or a third party.

Application & Required Documents

Please print and mail the application and fee of $100 to the State Medical Board of Ohio, 30 East Broad Street, 3rd Floor, Columbus OH 43215.  The check should be made payable to Treasurer, State of Ohio.  The application includes:

  • Affidavit and authorization for release of information
  • Two certificate of recommendation forms
  • Employer recommendation form(s) from your most recent employer(s)
  • License verifications (please submit verifications of any full professional licenses you hold, active or inactive
  • Criminal record check instructions


License Restoration

An individual should apply for a restoration application if their application has been inactive for two years or more.  A certificate may be restored upon an applicant's submission of a restoration application, the biennial registration fee ($100), applicable monetary penalty ($50), and submission of criminal background checks.  Please note:  The Board may require additional training or examination, or both,of any applicant who for the two years or more immediately preceding the date of application has not been engaged in clinical practice.


Request for Restoration Application

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