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Arizona PT Dry Needling

Proof of Compliance

Dry Needling Training Submission Form

A physical therapist offering to provide or providing “dry needling” intervention shall provide documented proof of compliance with the qualifications to the board within thirty (30) days of completion of the course content or within thirty (30) days of initial licensure as a physical therapist in Arizona.

Dry needling course requirements

Course content that meets the training and education qualifications for “dry needling” shall contain all of the following:

    • The course content shall be approved by one or more of the following entities prior to the course(s) being completed by the physical therapist.
      • Commission On Accreditation In Physical Therapy Education,
      • American Physical Therapy Association,
      • State Chapters Of The American Physical Therapy Association,
      • Specialty Groups Of The American Physical Therapy Association, or e. The Federation of State Boards Of Physical Therapy.

The course content shall include the following components of education and training:

    • Sterile needle procedures to include one of the following standards:
      • The U.S. Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, or
      • The U.S. Occupational Safety And Health Administration
    • Anatomical Review,
    • Blood Borne Pathogens
    • Contraindications and indications for “dry needling”.

The course content shall include, but is not limited to, passing of both a written examination and practical examination before completion of the course content. Practice application course content and examinations shall be done in person.

The course content shall total a minimum of twenty-four (24) contact hours of education.

Standard of care when practicing dry needling

    • Dry needling cannot be delegated to any assistive personnel.
    • Informed consent is required for dry needling treatment.
    • Documentation for dry needling will be treated like any other therapy documentation.


A.A.C. R4-24-313

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