I thought that looking at an actual job post may help you to understand what Kaiser Permanente is looking for in an acupuncturist. Below is the text of the job post I received for an acupuncture position in 2007.

RW.0700338 — Acupuncturist

This position supports Kaiser Permanente’s code of conduct and compliance by adhering to all laws and regulations, accreditation and Licensure requirements, and internal policies and procedures. Kaiser Permanente is proud to be an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


SCHEDULE: Full-Time Regular, 40 Hours per Week, Day shift, 09:00am to 05:30pm. Schedule to be dependent upon departmental needs.

EDUCATION: Graduate of an accredited school and complete four academic years of education

LICENSE: Acupuncture license in the State of California; Post-graduate degree preferred


QUALIFICATIONS: See Education and License requirements. See Duties below.

DUTIES: Provides medically necessary acupuncture, consults, assessments and treatments when requested/authorized by family physicians/specialists.  Provides an accurate diagnosis, supported by medical findings based on standardized examination techniques generally accepted by the medical community.  This includes TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Western diagnostic techniques.  Produces complete, accurate, uniform, and replicable examinations.  Provides quality treatment to cure or relieve the medical condition causing the patient’s compliant.  Documents all treatments and patient’s response to acupuncture therapy on patient’s chart.  When working in the Workers compensation system, states an opinion whether anatomic loss, functional loss and physical complaints of the patient are work-related, and writes a comprehensive medical report describing the degree of injury consistent with Workers Compensation terminology and requirements.  Consistently supports compliance and the Principles of Responsibility by maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of information, protecting the assets of the organization, acting with ethics and integrity, reporting non-compliance, and adhering to applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, accreditation and license requirements, and Kaiser Permanente’s policies and procedures.  Under the direction and supervision of the Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, utilizes acupuncture to stimulate certain points on or near the surface of the body by the insertion of needles to prevent or modify the perception of pain or to normalize physiological functions.  May perform or prescribe the use of Oriental massage, acupressure, breathing techniques, exercise or nutrition, including the incorporation of drugless substances and herbs as dietary supplements to promote health.  Must be able to perform in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.

I for one will be very interested in what has changed (if anything) in Kaiser’s job posts for acupuncturists positions. I hope this is timely and useful information! I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.


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