During the last legislative session, the Idaho Physical Therapy Licensure Board proposed changes to the rules for the practice of dry needling, which, as a result of the changes, now require providers to be certified before they can use the treatment technique.
When the bill allowing physical therapists in Idaho to perform dry needling passed in 2018, it specified that a PT must attend a dry needling course certified by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy in order to legally practice dry needling in the state. But at the end of 2019, FSBPT discontinued certifying courses. During the 2021 Idaho Legislative session, the licensure board proposed rule changes specifying that they begin certifying dry needling courses, as well as certifying PTs to perform dry needling. This rule change passed the legislature and took effect on July 1, 2021.
So PTs licensed in Idaho who would like to use dry needling must now apply for certification through the licensure board. Licensure board staff report that the process to get certified takes an average of about a week, once completed paperwork has been submitted. Here is a link to the guidelines and application you need to submit to use dry needling.
Also, please be advised that for courses to count toward the educational requirements for a PT to get certified, that course also must be certified as a dry needling course (not just an approved continuing ed course). As of September 27, only three courses met this criteria (although several certification applications are pending). Courses may be submitted for approval by the licensee wishing to use them for certification, as well as the course provider. The course certification process takes an average of one week.
UPDATE: You can find a list of all courses that have been approved for CE including Dry Needling courses on the Division of Occupational Licenses website. The list is very long and cannot be sorted by course topic. You can download the full list as an excel file and search that file or download a PDF list of the courses that have been approved as of September 28th. (Updated 09-28-2021 by NK)
Which 3 courses currently meet criteria?
Hi Troy, Please see update above! Thanks, Nicole
What three courses meet the criteria? Which ones are pending? Thank you.
Hi Kayla, Please see update above for a list of approved courses! The DOPL does the course approvals so we do not know what they currently have pending. Our understanding is they would update the list as soon the course is approved. I’m not sure if they are listing pending applications. Thanks, Nicole
On the list of approved courses, there are start and end dates. Does this mean that one must have taken the dry needling class within that date range? For instance, the Master Dry Needling course, which has been approved, has start and end dates of 10/16/20-12/31/24. If a clinician took this course in August 2020, does that mean that their application for certification will be denied even if they meet all other criteria?
We will find out and get back to you.
Do physical therapists who took an approved course and have been dry needling previous to this change still need to apply for certification through the licensure board?
Probably yes but we’re trying to get more details about this and will get back to you.
Yes, not only do they need to apply for certification, any previously approved courses do not count because they were only approved for con ed purposes and not certification purposes.
How do we submit a course?
We will find out and get back to you.
Here is the link to the form and instructions for submitting a course.
So to clarify, if you have been practicing dry needling because you attended an already certified course by the FSBPT prior to them discontinuing are you okay to still practice? Does this only apply to people who are hoping to get certified?
We’re trying to get clarification about this.
The FSBPT certified courses were approved for con ed purposes only in Idaho, which is no longer a valid criteria. Starting July 1, 2021, all licensees who wish to practice dry needling in Idaho must be certified by the Idaho Board of PT and in order to get certified must take a course that’s been approved for the certification, which is a newish and separate process from the process prior to July 1, 2021.