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Information on Dry Needling Certification in Utah

Latest news as of July 30th, 2014

We are awaiting the final processes in the rule making procedure on how one can become a registered practitioner for Dry Needling.  We understand that there will be some who have practiced this technique in other states,  however, the Utah DOPL requirements are the same for all.  Those who have previously practiced dry needling will be expected to meet all requirements listed by Utah law.  Their education and course hours will be required to be commensurate with the statue.  Right now we are currently referring all individuals to the Utah State Practice Act   Below is the summary and is written that:


14)       (a) "Trigger point dry needling" means the stimulation of a trigger point using a dry needle to treat neuromuscular pain and functional movement deficits.

            (b) "Trigger point dry needling" does not include the stimulation of auricular or distal points.


There are some basic requirements that DOPL will be looking for - these are listed in the statute below:


58-24b-505. Trigger point dry needling -- Experience required -- Registration.

(1) A physical therapist may practice trigger point dry needling if the physical therapist:

(a) has held a license to practice physical therapy under this chapter, and has actively practiced physical therapy, for two years;

(b) has successfully completed a course in trigger point dry needling that: (i) is approved by the division; and

(ii) includes at least 300 total course hours, including at least:

(A) 54 hours of in-person instruction; and

(B) 250 supervised patient treatment sessions;

(c) files a certificate of completion of the course described in Subsection (1)(b) with the division;

(d) registers with the division as a trigger point dry needling practitioner; and (e) meets any other requirement to practice trigger point dry needling

established by the division.

(2) The division shall make rules, in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah

Administrative Rulemaking Act, that establish:

(a) the criteria for approving a course described in Subsection (1)(b); and (b) the requirements described in Subsection (1)(e).

(3) The division may charge, in accordance with Section 63J-1-504, a fee for

the registration described in Subsection (1)(d).


Because this is in it’s infancy for the state of Utah, we are asking for patience and to check the DOPL website and for information on the process.  we are hoping to post news to our site as we are aware of any updates on this.

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