Colorado Approves Dry Needling in PT Scope of Practice

Having formally added dry needling to the Physical Therapy scope of practice in 2005, Colorado has more recently produced guidelines for physical therapists to advance through the dry needling training and incorporate it into their clinical practice.

For a copy of Colorado’s rules for physical therapists, dated January 2012, click here.  In this document, Rule 211 offers requirements for physical therapists to perform dry needling.  It defines dry needling and states:

A Physical Therapist must have the knowledge, skills, ability, and documented competency to perform an act that is within the Physical Therapist’s scope of practice.  Except as part of a course of study on dry needling pursuant to paragraph D.2 of this Rule, a Physical Therapist shall not perform dry needling unless competent to do so. 

Please read Rule 211 to determine specific guidelines for physical therapists entering a course of study in dry needling. KinetaCore’s Functional Dry Needling® courses meet all of these requirements.  For clarification on Rule 211.D.2, click here.

The Colorado PTA has stipulated a requirement for practitioners that they practice two full years on their professional license before acceptance in the Dry Needling program is allowed.  KinetaCore’s normal policy requires PTs practice one year before taking our course; however, we uphold the Colorado PTA’s requirement of two years for all Colorado physical therapists.

KinetaCore serves only as an educational resource to clinicians and does not make any claim on professional licensure.  It is always the practitioner’s responsibility to determine what is within their scope of practice.  Participants are allowed to learn any technique through continuing education, but whether or not they can use this technique in their patient practice is determined by current licensing bodies.   KinetaCore is a strong advocate of advancing the field of physical therapy and will encourage physical therapists to continue to be advocates for their profession.

If you have specific questions about your scope of practice, please contact your licensing board.  KinetaCore recommends each practitioner be knowledgeable in their licensing body’s current decisions and rulings.

For further information and experience with KinetaCore’s Functional Dry Needling® we invite you to attend one of our Level 1 FDN training courses.