Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0880-12-.05 - ADS CERTIFICATION PROCESS

(1) To be issued a limited acupuncture certification as an ADS in Tennessee a person must comply with the following sets of procedures and requirements:
(a) Request an application packet from the Administrative Office.
(b) Respond truthfully and completely to every question or request for information contained in the application form and submit it, along with all documentation and fees required by the form and rules, to the Administrative Office. It is the intent of this rule that activities necessary to accomplish the filing of the required documentation be completed prior to filing an application and that all documentation be filed simultaneously.
(c) Submit a clear, recognizable, recently taken bust photograph which shows the full head, face forward from at least the top of the shoulder up.
(d) Submit evidence of good moral character. Such evidence shall be two (2) recent (within the preceding 12 months) original letters from medical professionals, attesting to the applicant's personal character and professional ethics on the signator's letterhead.
(e) Have submitted directly from the training program to the Administrative Office documentation of successful completion of a board-approved training program in auricular detoxification acupuncture. To become board-approved, the training program must meet or exceeds standards of training set by NADA.
(f) Disclose the circumstances surrounding any of the following:
1. Conviction of any criminal law violation of any country, state or municipality, except minor traffic violations.
2. The denial of professional licensure/certification application by any other state or the discipline of licensure/certification in any state.
3. Loss or restriction of licensure/certification.
4. Any civil suit judgment or civil suit settlement in which the applicant was a party defendant including, without limitation, actions involving malpractice, breach of contract, antitrust activity or any other civil action remedy recognized under the country's or state's statutory, common or case law.
5. Failure of any professional licensure or certification examination.
(g) An applicant shall cause to be submitted to the Committee's administrative office directly from the vendor identified in the Committee's certification application materials, the result of a criminal background check.
(h) Cause to be submitted the equivalent of a Tennessee Certificate of Endorsement (verification of licensure/certification) from each licensing/certifying board of each state or country in which the applicant holds or has ever held a license/certificate to practice any profession that indicates the applicant holds or held an active license/certificate and whether it is in good standing presently or was at the time it became inactive. It is the applicant's responsibility to request this information be sent directly from each such licensing/certifying board to the Administrative Office.
(i) Submit the fees required in Rule 0880-12-.06.
(2) Application review and limited certification decisions shall be governed by Rule 0880-12-.07.
(3) Prior to the commencement of practice as an ADS, an ADS certificate holder must provide the following documentation to the Committee's Administrative Office:
(a) Satisfactory written acknowledgement that the practice of auricular detoxification treatment will be in a hospital, clinic, or treatment facility which provides comprehensive alcohol and substance abuse or chemical dependency services including counseling, and
(b) Certification from the supervising licensed acupuncturist or medical director (a physician licensed under Chapter 6 or 9 of Title 63 of the Tennessee Code Annotated) of the institution, facility, or entity attesting to employment and acceptance of supervisory responsibility.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0880-12-.05
Original rule filed October 18, 2002; effective January 1, 2003. Amendment filed March 17, 2006; effective May 31, 2006. Amendments filed June 7, 2017; effective 9/5/2017.

Authority: T.C.A. ยงยง 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 63-6-101, 63-6-214, 63-6-1002, 63-6-1004, 63-6-1005, and 63-6-1007.

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