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I'm a Utah Health Care Provider.  How do I get to do this?

Please read carefully to see if you qualify. 
If you qualify and are interested, see our upcoming trainings.


Are you actively licensed by DOPL in Utah with one of the accepted health care provider licenses* per HB 195 (2022)?

Accepted health care licenses include:

  • MD, DO, Chiropractor, Licensed Acupuncturist, RN, APRN, LPN, PA, Psychologist, LCSW, CSW, CMHC, SUDC, ASUDC.*

If you meet the qualifications above,

Utah has 2 pathways (NADA ADS or POCA AAT) to receive a certificate to practice the

5-Needle Protocol (Auricular Acupuncture or Acudetox): [only one pathway is required]

  • PATHWAY 1:  Complete NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) Acudetox training:

    1. Apply for a NADA-approved training.

    2. Provide your UT healthcare professional license number. Pay associated fees. 

    3. Complete a NADA-approved training, practice sessions and all other requirements. 

    4. Submit all materials to your NADA-Approved trainer.  

    5. Your NADA-Approved trainer will submit your materials to NADA. 

    6. NADA will send you a certificate of completion as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS). 

  • PATHWAY 2:  Complete POCA (People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture) training:

    1. Join POCA at the Punk Level and obtain a POCA username. 

    2. Apply for a POCA AAT Training.  Pay associated fees.  You will need to enter your healthcare license and Utah license number.  

    3. Complete a POCA-approved AAT Training, practice sessions and all other requirements.

    4. Submit all required materials to POCA and to your POCA-approved trainer.

    5. POCA will send you a certificate of completion as a POCA Auricular Acu-Technician (AAT).

    6. Questions?  See the POCA AAT FAQs.


  • After obtaining a NADA ADS or POCA AAT certificate, MD’s, DO’s, chiropractors and licensed acupuncturists can officially practice the 5 Needle Protocol (Auricular Acupuncture or Acudetox) under their license in Utah. No documentation needs to be sent to DOPL by MD's, DO's, chiropractors or licensed acupuncturists.


  • However, all other licensed providers (RN, APRN, LPN, PA, Psychologist, LCSW, CSW, CMHC, SUDC, ASUDC) must also:

  1. Submit their NADA ADS Certificate or POCA AAT Certificate to the applicable licensing board at Utah DOPL. ​​[Mail a hard copy to Larry Marx, Bureau Manager, Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, 160 E 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84114 or PO Box 146741, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-6741. Write your Utah License Number on the copy.].

  2. DOPL will add the 5 Needle Protocol (Auricular Acupuncture or Acudetox) certificate to the DOPL file. 

  3. Then and only then will those licensed providers be able to independently practice the 5 Needle Protocol (Auricular Acupuncture or Acudetox).

Download this information as a handout.

* (a) "Health care provider" means an individual who is licensed under: 

32 (i) Subsection 58-31b-301(2)(a), (b), (d), or (e); 

33 (ii) Chapter 60, Mental Health Professional Practice Act; 

34 (iii) Chapter 61, Part 3, Licensing; or 

35 (iv) Chapter 70a, Utah Physician Assistant Act.

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