As of September 2010, North Carolina has approved physical therapists to perform the Dry Needling technique.  As of June 16th, 2012, the guidelines for training changed to require 54 contact hours, face-to-face training.  However, at a January 16, 2015, meeting of the Rules Review Commission, a new notice was released that dry needling is still within the scope of practice for physical therapists.  “…the Board believes physical therapists can continue to perform dry needling so long as they possess the requisite education and training required by NCGS 90-270.24(4), but there are no regulations to set the specific requirements for engaging in dry needling.”

As of June 19th, 2012 KinetaCore® Dry Needling courses (FDN1, FT1, and FDN2) are all approved courses by the board and the NCPTA.

Click here to see the official ruling letter.

Click here to see the January 16, 2015, notice to practitioners on the NCPT Board website.

Click here to access the website for North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

Due to the following excerpt from the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners’ website, KinetaCore courses do qualify, as we are endorsed by the State of Colorado’s Physical Therapy Board.

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.

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