Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Upon Completion of the Foundation Course and Advanced Courses you will receive a certificate of completion for each course that shows course contact hours (27 per course), dates and location. To become certified you must achieve a score of 80% or better on the written and practical examinations in both the Foundation and Advanced courses. After successfull completion you are considered Certified in Integrative Dry Needling (CIDN) through Dr. Ma’s Integrative Dry Needling Institute, LLC.
We have accredited continuing education hours (CEU Approvals ) in the states IDN has taught courses. Our courses are approved for 27 hours by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy through ProCert, which is the accrediting body for 30 states. We are also approved to provide CEUs in most of the other states and have applied for those individually. Not all states accredit CEU’s for dry needling. See Scope of Practice for more information.
You must be a licensed healthcare professional in good standing (PT, MD, DO, DC, ATC or NP) that has extensive anatomy training and the ability to puncture the skin (within your scope of practice) to attend an IDN Course. There may also be additional requirements from your individual state in order to attend an IDN course and / or practice dry needling. These requirements vary from profession to profession and from state to state. Contacting your state licensure board is the best way to obtain current guidelines and regulations. See Scope of Practice for more State related information on Physical Therapy. Please note: Other professions ( ex. PTA, OTA, LMT, Reiki practitioners, body work therapists) are not eligible to attend IDN dry needling courses.
We require each participant to read our pre-course manual that is designed to provide background information, theory and references to prepare them for the course. We are the only provider of dry needling training that has published 3 dry needling textbooks.
Participants must attend the Foundation Course (Neurologic Dry Needling for Pain Management & Sports Rehabilitation) regardless of prior experience or training to qualify to attend the Advanced Course.
IDN provides professional dry needling training courses across the U.S. Please refer to our current course listing to find a location near you. You could also host a course right in your own facility. Hosting is a great way to bring IDN directly to you and receive free spots for you and your staff. If you would like more info on the requirements and benefits please inquire by completing a Dry Needling Course – Hosting Request form.
The IDN courses are different because we do not instruct how to treat particular groups of muscles on the first course then instruct how to treat the remaining muscles on subsequent courses. We provide a foundation upon which a clinician can use to treat most neuromuscular conditions and / or dysfunction anywhere in the body. The IDN model is based on the peripheral nervous system mapping allowing the clinicians to appreciate symptoms not only at a local level but also as part of a larger system. We treat the human body as an integrated structure functioning as a whole, not as individual parts or isolated symptoms.
If you need to cancel your course registration two weeks or more before the start of the course, your registration fee will be refunded minus a 6% administrative fee. OR you can transfer your registration to another course at no additional fee as long as the other course is within a 6-month time frame from the date of the original course for which you registered.
No refunds will be provided if the cancellation is within 2 weeks of the course date. OR you can transfer your registration to another course at no additional fee as long as the other course is within a 6-month time frame from the date of the original course for which you registered. Transfers are limited to 1 transfer per registration.
No refunds or transfers will be issued for ‘no shows’ at the course, nor for cancellation any time after the course start date.
No refunds or transfers will be issued if a participant begins the course and is not able to complete it for any reason.
IDN nor host facility are responsible for any reimbursement of expenses the participant may have incurred.
The Integrative Dry Needling Institute reserves the right to cancel the course for circumstances beyond its control. In the unlikely event that this should occur, your tuition fee will be returned in full; however, The Integrative Dry Needling Institute will not be responsible for nonrefundable airline tickets, hotel reservations, or any other travel or personal expenses incurred by the registrant. The Integrative Dry Needling Institute will make every attempt to contact you as soon as possible in the event a course must be canceled.
IDN is committed to providing high quality dry needling seminars in a safe and compliant environment for our participants and faculty. IDN has adopted very specific safety polices and procedural processes that will be immediately implemented in our courses. Please reveiw our COVID-19 Policy and Procedures.
It is the policy of IDN that in those states (TX, OK, KY) where the Practice Act, rules, statutes or regulations do not prohibit a PTA from performing dry needling, assuming they have the required training, education and expertise, and their supervising PT also has the required training, education and expertise to perform dry needling, they will be permitted to attend an IDN Course.
As a condition of attendance, the supervising PT holds the primary responsible for all physical therapy care rendered under his/her supervision and is responsible for assuring that the PTA has the competencies required to perform any treatment or modality, including dry needling.
It is the responsibility of the supervising PT to make the determination if the PTA’s level of skill/ training and experience is sufficient to safely treat the patient’s condition and what type of monitoring will be required. It is a violation of the PT Practice Act/Rules for a PT to delegate a technique or procedure to a PTA who is not competent to perform it, and it is a violation of the PT Practice Act/Rules for a PTA to perform or attempt to perform techniques or procedures for which they are not competent.
As of October 1, 2016 Dr. Ma and Sue Falsone have parted ways. Sue Falsone is no longer associated with Dr. Ma or in any way endorsed by Dr. Ma. Sue Falsone is no longer authorized to teach Dr. Ma’s SDN course.