Thank you for your interest in the CCAHM Clean Needle Technique Course. Prior to registering, please review the following information. For questions not addressed here, see the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the office.
Acceptance into a CNT Course: Read thoroughly to understand the registration approval process.
Candidate Demographic Information: Please keep your physical and email addresses updated in your CCAHM portal. Be sure that the first and last name in your CCAHM profile match the first and last name on your photo ID.
NOTE: The name in your profile is the name will be used for your certificate of completion and all requested CNT verification. Be advised that reissuing of a certificate with a different version of your name, or replacing a certificate due to non-delivery, will incur an additional fee.
Certificate of Completion: Upon successful completion, candidates may state that they hold a certificate in Clean Needle Technique as administered by the CCAHM, but may not state that they are certified in acupuncture, herbal medicine, or any other modality as a result of completion of the CNT course. Candidates shall not use acronyms or subtitles after their names to reference the CNT certificate; neither will the CNT certificate include any acronyms or subtitles after candidates' names.
Challenging Exam Content, Administration, or Results: Any questions or comments about exam content, administration, or results must be submitted in writing to the CCAHM office within ten days after the exam date. The process for challenging exam content, administration, or results is outlined below.
Confidentiality: All candidate CNT course records are permanently and securely maintained and verification is always available upon request. No information will be released without the express written authorization of the candidate. Payment information is not stored and all CCAHM systems and processes are PCI compliant.
CCAHM is committed to access and inclusion in its program and services as part of a broad effort to encourage the admission and retention of students with disabilities in accredited acupuncture and herbal medicine programs. Students are encouraged to access all the resources available to them, including applying for disability accommodations.
To be eligible for accommodations, a student must have a documented disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (under the ADA or ADAAA). Early communication is critical to successful implementation of effective and timely accommodations. Accommodations cannot be provided retroactively; therefore, we strongly advise applying for accommodations 3 to 4 weeks before your anticipated/scheduled testing date.
Reasonable accommodations are determined as part of a holistic evaluation of submitted documentation, any history of accommodations, and the CNT program requirements.
Examples of documentation include, but are not limited to:
To request disability accommodations:
Step 1: Register for the Online CNT Course and written exam
Step 2: If after reviewing the Course Overview, Minimum Technical Requirements, Policies and Procedures, and CNT Course FAQs, you determine that you require accommodations to fully participate in the Clean Needle Technique online course modules and/or exams, please upload supporting documentation on the Disability Accommodation Upload Form (requires account login).
Step 3: As part of the interactive process, once your documentation has been received, it will be assessed by an external ADA Compliance Consultant in a timely manner. Recommendations for approved accommodations will be provided to CCAHM.
Step 4: You will receive an email from CCAHM outlining your approved accommodations and any request for additional information.
Please contact CCAHM if you require accommodations as part of applying for disability accommodations or have additional questions regarding application requirements. CCAHM understands the collaborative and ongoing nature of providing access and welcomes feedback on your experience in the accommodation process.
Dismissal for Reason: The CCAHM enforces a non-negotiable policy for immediate dismissal without refund from any CNT course session for reasons including, but not limited to:
Exams: All course attendees must complete both an online live-proctored 55 multiple-choice question written exam and an online real-time practical exam, which consists of demonstrating proper needling technique based on verbal instructions. Only candidates who pass the written exam will be allowed to register for the practical exam. Written and practical exam results are typically emailed within 10 business days.
Fees: The fee for the English language online CNT course and written exam is $150. There is an additional fee of $50 for a foreign language written exam. The fee for the Chinese or Korean version of the online CNT course (with foreign language written exam included) is $200. There is also a $75 fee for the online examiner-administered practical exam, regardless of language requested. The retake fee is $75 for the written exam and $75 for the practical exam.
|Language of Course / Exam||Fee|
|English Course and Written Exam||$150|
|English Course with Chinese or Korean Written Exam||$200|
|Chinese or Korean Course and Written Exam||$200|
|Practical Exam (all languages)||$75|
Foreign Language: Some states may require completion of the CNT course in English. Be sure to check your state's licensing requirements before registering. To receive credit for completing the CNT course in English, the course and written exam must be completed in English. Please select the preferred written exam language when registering online.
NCCAOM CNT Policy: Individuals seeking NCCAOM certification must have completed a CCAHM CNT course within the six years prior to their application date for NCCAOM certification. Otherwise, the CNT course must be re-taken, unless the applicant has held a continuous license to practice acupuncture within the last three years before applying to NCCAOM for certification. Please contact the NCCAOM for more information about this policy.
Pass Rate: Historically, about 90% of all candidates pass the CNT course (including written and practical exams) on the first attempt.
Prerequisites: Current acupuncture school students (or those who are enrolled in an NCCAOM-approved or state-approved tutorial) are required to have at least begun a needling techniques course no later than the date of their CCAHM CNT practical exam.
Repeated Failed Exams: Candidates who do not pass the CNT written or practical exam after three attempts will be required to repeat the full online CNT course, including all modules, quizzes and CNT Manual study. After the third failed attempt, repeating candidates will be charged the full registration fee and must spend a minimum of 30 days completing the course before they will be approved to take the exam again. Any candidate who does not pass on the fourth attempt may retake the exam at a reduced retake fee up to two more times before repeating the full course again. More information about the process for re-registering for the course will be provided to the candidate by the office.
Switching Written or Practical Exam Dates and Times: Please contact the office.
NOTE: If you miss your exam time, or do not give 24 hours notice that you will miss your exam, you will not be issued a refund and you will be charged a retake fee of $75.
Switching Written or Practical Exam Languages: Please contact the office. There may be a fee associated with switching your exam language. CCAHM will not be able to accommodate requests made less than 14 days prior to the exam date.
Withdrawing from a CNT Course: Please contact the office as soon as possible. Due to the online nature of the course, refunds for withdrawing are not offered. In the case of a documented illness or other emergency that impacts your ability to complete the online course and/or your scheduled written or practical exam, notify the office immediately.