Dry Needling

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What Physical Therapists need to do in order to practice Dry Needling in Maryland 

  • To view the status of your application, go the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners verification of license portal. If you enter in your last name or license number, you will see "Specialty" and if Dry Needling is noted then you have been approved. If nothing is noted, your application may still be under review.
  • There is NO grandfathering
  • You must have practiced PT for 2 years
  • Courses must have an assessment of competency
  • If your dry needling course also had an online module, it will count towards the 40 hours of theoretical information ONLY if: a. In real time through electronic means that allow for simultaneous interaction between the instructor and the participants
  • Courses must be approved by either FSBPT, APTA, or the Maryland Chapter or they will not count - check with your course educators
  • The instruction required for the 40 hours of theory must be: 
    (1) In person at a face-to-face session; or 
    (2) In real time through electronic means that allow for simultaneous interaction between the instructor and the participants. 
  • PTs must register with the Maryland Board of Examiners OR you cannot practice dry needling in Maryland

Dry Needling Regulations

The Dry Needling Regulations promulgated the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners are effective as of June 19, 2017.   This includes the Standards of Practices in Performing Dry Needling.

Minimum Education and Training Necessary to Perform Dry Needling.

A. In order to perform dry needling, a physical therapist shall have at least 80 total hours of instruction, which includes: 

(1) A total of at least 40 hours of instruction in the following dry needling-specific course content areas: 
     (a) Theory and application of dry needling; 
     (b) Dry needling technique, including spine and extremities; 
     (c) Dry needling indications and contraindications; 
     (d) Infection control, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Bloodborne Pathogen Protocol, and safe handling of needles; 
     (e) Emergency preparedness and response procedures related to complications associated with dry needling; and 
     (f) Appropriate documentation of dry needling; and 

(2) At least 40 hours of practical, hands-on instruction in the application and technique of dry needling, under the supervision of a licensed health care practitioner competent in dry needling procedures who has: 
     (a) Completed the requisite course work under §A(1) of this regulation; and 
     (b) Practiced dry needling for at least 5 years. 

B. The instruction required under §A (1) of this regulation shall be provided by a continuing education course sponsored by the: 
(1) American Physical Therapy Association;
(2) The APTA of Maryland; or 
(3) The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. 
* Note - if the courses you previoulsy took are not sponsored by any of the 3 above then they will not count as of Oct. 1, 2018. 

C. A continuing education course taken before Oct. 1, 2018 shall qualify for instruction if the same course, in substantially similar form, is later sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association, the APTA of Maryland, or the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
*Note  - check with your course providers to see if they are sponsored by any of these and or if they will be by the Oct. 1 deadline.
 
D. All instruction required under this regulation shall include an assessment of competency.
 
E. The instruction required under §A(1) of this regulation shall be offered:  (1) In person at a face-to-face session; or 
(2) In real time through electronic means that allow for simultaneous interaction between the instructor and the participants. 


F. A physical therapist may not fulfill any portion of the practical, hands-on instruction required under §A(2) of this regulation with online or distance learning. 

Physical therapists cannot practice dry needling on friends and family. A physical therapist must be registered with the Board or under the direct supervision of a licensed health care practitioner competent in dry needling procedures who has: (a) Completed the requisite course work under §A(1) of this regulation; and (b) Practiced dry needling for at least 5 years Per COMAR 10.38.12.03 A (2)(a)(b).

G. A physical therapist shall have practiced physical therapy for at least 2 years before performing dry needling in the State.
 
H. Registration (this link will take you to the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Registration Application)
         (1) A physical therapist shall be registered with the Board as having the appropriate education and training required by this regulation
         before the physical therapist may practice dry needling. 

          (2) In order to be registered to practice dry needling, a phyiscal therapist shall:  (a) Submit a completed application on a form
          supplied by the Board; and 
               (b) Pay a registration fee as established by COMAR 10.38.07. 

          I. A physical therapist who practices dry needling without the education and training required by this regulation shall be subject
          to discipline pursuant to COMAR 10.38.10.04A(4). 

         J. This regulation shall take effect Oct. 1, 2018.

 For Questions regarding these regulations, please contact Michelle Cutkelvin at the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. (410) 764-3833