How Do I Get Certified in Dry Needling?
With so many benefits, Dry Needling is becoming a great way for people to add additional value to their practices, and with many clients now asking for it, it allows you to grow your client base. While each state is different, many professionals are currently able to perform dry needling (DN) per their state board or certifying agency. Each individual profession has differing regulations concerning the use of DN in clinical practice, and here are the three most common medical professions that take DN courses:
- Physical Therapists
- Athletic Trainers
The minimum requirement across these professions to perform DN in clinical practice is 27 hours of post-graduate, continuing education. Now, you’re probably wondering, “How do I get certified in dry needling?”
Scroll down to the profession that applies to you to learn more.
Physical Therapist DN Certification
PTs are typically either required to take 27 or 54 hours of post-graduate, continuing education on the clinical practice of DN. As mentioned above, each state has its own specific rules and regulations regarding dry needling, and it is up to the practitioner to ensure that they understand their state's particular requirements.
Some states also require that, upon completion of the required CEUs in DN, the practitioner must also be observed by an experienced dry needler for a certain number of hours before they are deemed as an independent practitioner in the area of DN. These hours are typically allowed to be completed via internet/video conference. This is a service that we offer at Intricate Art Seminars, so contact us for further information regarding this requirement.
Athletic Trainer DN Certification
Athletic Trainers’ (AT) ability to perform DN and the required CEUs to do so varies by state, and sometimes by school, as well, if the AT practices in a university setting. To my knowledge, if ATs are allowed to dry needle at their university or in their state, they only require our 27 hour DN 1 course.
Again, each state or individual location has its own specific rules and regulations regarding dry needling, and it is up to the practitioner to ensure that they understand their state's particular requirements.
I highly recommend this method of treatment for ATs. I played D1 ice hockey in college, and DN is a complete game-changer as far as athletic performance goes. It is incredible how quickly athletes recover from injuries when DN is incorporated into their treatment plan. DN can cut down on injury recovery time and allow athletes to perform better and more consistently than ever before.
Chiropractor DN Certification
As with PTs, Chiropractors’ (DC) ability to perform DN varies by state. DCs are able to perform DN in the vast majority of states; however, each state has its own specific rules and regulations regarding dry needling, and it is up to the practitioner to ensure that they understand their state's particular requirements.
Bottom Line: If you are a medical professional and your state allows the practice of DN, Intricate Art Spine & Body Solutions offers more DN courses than any state currently requires to practice.
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