The Functional Dry Needling Certification develops your knowledge and clinical reasoning skills to assess and treat basic to complex cases. The certification progresses from foundational dry needling skills through more advanced strategies to become a highly skilled clinician who incorporates FDN with other therapeutic techniques and exercise progression at a high clinical and diagnostic level of care. To advance dry needling in the profession as a whole, you will also be given information to advocate for Dry Needling at your state board.

How will the FDN Certification benefit you?

Through mentored clinical practice, the certification allows you to interact with world class faculty and develop confidence and competence in applying FDN in daily clinical care. Dive into pain science with the Therapeutic Neuroscience Education course to effectively use dry needling as a replacement for other forms of treating pain. The hybrid model of education blends online, didactic coursework and onsite weekend intensives, allowing you to continue practicing and implement what you learn immediately.

Target Audience: Licensed Physical Therapists

Credit Hours: 17-18 credits (depending on the electives you choose)

Program Length: 18 months

Prerequisites: Functional Dry Needling Level 1

Patients that will benefit from the FDN Certification:

  1. All ortho/neuro patients who have a muscular involvement to their impairment
  2. Sport-related patients, whether that be the weekend warrior, professional athlete, or lifetime fitness guru
  3. Patients seeking maintenance and preventative care
  4. Chronic pain patients
  5. Geriatric patients


Summer 2018 Cohort Calendar

Online Coursework:

  • Functional Dry Needling Level 1
  • Functional Dry Needling Level 2
  • Functional Therapeutics: Dry Needling and Corrective Reinforcement
  • Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Teaching People About Pain
  • Advanced Clinical Integration
  • Clinical Mentorship

Hands-on Weekend Intensive:


  • Functional Dry Needling Capstone
    • Onsite: Date TBD