Dry Needling 3: Advanced

Dry Needling 3: Advanced


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We are happy to partner with Myopain Seminars to provide Dry Needling courses and certification at our school in Fairfield, NJ!


NJ Physical Therapists: As you may know, Governor Murphy signed a law permitting physical therapists to practice dry needling under certain circumstances and only with NJ Physical Therapy Examiners Board approved training.  The Dry Needling courses through Myopain Seminars, held at The Institute for Continuing Education, are designed to meet that requirement. Physical Therapy Assistants are not permitted to practice dry needling in NJ.

Dry Needling 3: Advanced is the final course of three required to receive certification with Myopain Seminars Dry Needling Program – CMTPT/DN. The final practical and theoretical examinations will be administered on day 3.

The DN-3 Advanced course features an in-depth study of the hand muscles, several lower extremity and foot muscles, the craniofacial and craniomandibular muscles, the scalenes, and the longus colli muscles. Students will review the anatomy, function, and dry needling techniques for each muscle.

The Advanced dry needling course will bring the clinician to the highest level of clinical proficiency in the management of patients with myofascial pain. During the DN-3 course, students will treat their fellow clinicians under the supervision of our qualified instructors. After all, we all have our aches and pains; this course offers students the opportunity to be treated, in addition to getting a great education!

The third day of this course includes a comprehensive theoretical and practical examination. To pass, students must achieve 70% on a multiple-choice exam plus demonstrate competency in dry needling. Physical therapists licensed in Tennessee must achieve a passing score of 80%. The instructor-student ratio is minimally 1:10 and more examiners are brought in to assist with the practical examination.

The exam is based on the required textbook with a bias toward the lectures presented throughout the courses. We recommend focusing on what is known about trigger points; the endplate dysfunction as part of the TrP pathology; what chemicals have been found in the vicinity of TrPs and what does that mean; active vs. latent TrPs; local twitch responses; referred pain mechanisms; the Cinderella hypothesis, etc., but also some anatomy, needle technique, precautions, and adverse events.

TUITION: $1195.00

NJBOPTE Approval Code: 2204-80 (Myopain Seminars). 20 hours total: Breakdown of 20 = 10 hours academic/theory, 10 hours practical/hands-on.

To become certified in Dry Needling for the state of NJ, you will also need to take Dry Needling 3: Advanced. The Dry Needling Certification Program includes DN-1, DN-2, and DN-3 courses with theoretical and practical examinations leading to the distinction of “Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist / Dry Needling” or CMTPT/DN.

New Jersey physical therapists will need 40 theoretical hours and 40 practical training hours.  In addition to Dry Needling 1, you will also need to take Dry Needling 2: Foundations II and Dry Needling 3: Advanced. The Dry Needling Certification Program includes DN-1, DN-2, and DN-3 courses with theoretical and practical examinations leading to the distinction of “Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist / Dry Needling” or CMTPT/DN.

When you have completed Dry Needling 1, 2 & 3 with Myopain Seminars, you will be short 6.25 hours of theory. (You will have met the 40-hour practical requirement). Myopain Seminars offers webinars EVERY OTHER MONTH to meet this theoretical requirement, although you can also take another approved dry needling course to meet the hours. Myopain offers other coursework as well as FOUR different approved webinars that you can take at any time and in any order. You will need to attend two of the four webinars to complete the additional 6.25 hours of theory. It is not recommended that you wait until you have completed the in-person courses or you will delay your certification.

*REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS IS THROUGH THE MYOPAIN SEMINARS WEBSITE: PLEASE CLICK HEREPlease indicate at registration that you heard about the course through The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE).


Successful completion of the Myopain Seminars Dry Needling 1: Foundations I & Dry Needling 2: Foundations II courses are the pre-requisite for taking Dry Needling 3: Advanced.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Trigger Point Dry Needling: An Evidence and Clinical-Based Approach, 2nd Edition By Jan Dommerholt and Fernández-de-las-Peñas. The book may be purchased through the Myopain website or separately.

REQUIRED READING: Please read the following chapters from the required textbook prior to class: Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16. This information will be included in the final exam.


– Discuss three indications for dry needling of the longus colli muscle.

– Discuss three different dry needling techniques for needling the intrinsic hand muscles.
– Demonstrate two different dry needling approaches for the zygomaticus muscles
-Name at least four anatomical structures to avoid when needling the scalene muscles
– Demonstrate three different dry needling approaches for the lateral pterygoid muscle
– Compare and contrast three differences between dry needling of the adductor pollicis and the adductor hallucis
– Name three differences and similarities between superficial dry needling, intramuscular stimulation (Gunn) and Fu’s subcutaneous

Note: The actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructors. Refreshments are provided; meals are on your own.

Day 1

07:00 – 07:30 Registration*
07:30 – 08:30 Lecture: Other needling approaches
08:30 – 10:00 Anterior and lateral compartment lower leg
10:00 – 10:15 Questions & Answers
10:15 – 12:00 Popliteus, FDL, FHL, posterior tibialis
12:00 – 01:00 Lunch
01:00 – 02:00 The foot
02:00 – 03:30 The hand
03:30 – 03:45 Questions & Answers
03:45 – 06:30 Temporalis, masseter & pterygoids

Day 2

07:00 – 07:30 Registration
07:30 – 09:00 Lecture: Review of all theory
09:00 – 10:00 Anterior and Posterior Digastric
10:00 – 10:15 Questions & Answers
10:15 – 11:15 Longus colli
11:15 – 12:30 Corrugator supercilii, procerus, occipito-frontalis
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
01:30 – 03:00 Facial muscles
03:00 – 03:15 Questions & Answers
03:15 – 06:30 Practical review of all muscles

Day 3

08:00 – 10:30 Theoretical Review and Examination
10:30 – 11:00 Last Minute Practice Prep
11:00 – Practical Review and Examinations


  • Dry Needling 3: Advanced possible discounts (may only use one)
  • The registration system will apply a 12% discount automatically when you register for the whole Dry Needling Certification series at once (DN1, DN2 and DN3).
  • A 10% discount will be applied automatically when 3+ individuals are registered for one course on the same ticket.
  • You may retake this course for a 50% discount – You will need to pay full price at the time of registration. Upon receipt of your previous myopain certificate and a note of which course you registered for your credit card will be refunded for the 50%. Please send certificate and note to mahan@myopain4u.com.

Only one discount may be applied to any course. See https://www.myopainseminars.com/course-discounts/ for more information.


In-Person: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 9, 10 and 11, 2022 7:00am-6:30pm Days 1 & 2, 7:00am-12:00pm Day 3, In-Person: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 17, 18 and 19, 2023 7:00am-6:30pm Days 1 & 2, 7:00am-12:00pm Day 3

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