D.Ac. = Doctor of Acupuncture, achieved after over 2,800 cumulative hours of clinical training in acupuncture and integrative medicine, including instruction in Chinese classics, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, addiction recovery, and other disciplines. This training incorporates the M.Ac. (Master of Acupuncture) degree, as well.
Dipl.Ac. = Diplomate of Acupuncture, a national board certification awarded by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), which considers this a “considerable professional achievement” and a “mark of excellence.” The certification is issued after the passing of three multidisciplinary examinations on the foundations of Chinese medicine, the practice of acupuncture, and Western medical principles.
L.Ac. = Licensed Acupuncturist. Acupuncture, like all medical professions, is licensed on the state level. Dr. Buscher is licensed by the acupuncture board in the state of Maryland, which falls under the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Both the NCCAOM and the Maryland Board of Acupuncture require multiple hours of continuing education yearly to maintain their credentialing.