First of three courses required to receive certification with Myopain Seminars Dry Needling Program - CMTPT. The DN-1 Foundations I course features a brief introduction to the history of dry needling, trigger points and myofascial pain, an in-depth review of possible adverse events, the OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Standards within the context of dry needling, and an introduction to relevant pain sciences.


The DN-1 Foundations I course features a brief introduction to the history of dry needling, trigger points and myofascial pain, an in-depth review of possible adverse events, the OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Standards within the context of dry needling, and an introduction to relevant pain sciences.

Many muscles commonly addressed in clinical practice are included, such as the infraspinatus, upper trapezius, deltoid, sternocleidomastoid, triceps, biceps, brachialis, levator scapulae (partially), the latissimus dorsi (partially), the subscapularis (partially), brachioradialis, the wrist extensors, the supinator and anconeus, the quadratus lumborum, psoas major, lumbar iliocostalis, the gluteal muscles (minimus, medius, and maximus), the hip adductor muscles, the quadriceps and hamstrings, and gastrocnemius and soleus muscles.

Students will review the anatomy, function, and dry needling techniques for each muscle.

Pre-Course videos will be provided after registration. You can register for the DN-1 Webinar If you prefer to review the presentations in a live webinar.

Dry Needling 1: Foundations I is the first course in a 3-course series offered by Myopain Seminars to attain certification as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist - Dry Needling (CMTPT/DN).

A minimum score of 70% on a multiple choice quiz plus demonstrated muscle competency are required to pass this course. Physical therapists licensed in Tennessee must achieve a minimum score of 80%.

Maryland PT's - If you are a physical therapist practicing in Maryland, you will need 40 theoretical hours and 40 practical training hours before you complete your application to use Dry Needling to the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. The Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners requires “in person … face-to-face session; or in real time through electronic means that allow for simultaneous interaction between the instructor and the participants.”  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. We offer three different webinars that you can take at any time and in any order. We do not recommend that you wait until you have completed the in-person courses! You must meet the minimum requirements, complete the application, submit it and be approved before you will be eligible to use dry needling in Maryland. To learn more about Dry Needling in Maryland click here: Maryland Regulations Title 10.

*Georgia PT's - This course provides one hour of OSHA Blood Borne Pathogens training. This will be reflected on certificates for Georgia DN1 Participant or upon request.

Course CEUs

Myopain Seminars DN1 has been approved by:

APTA of Maryland for - 11 Theory. 16 Practical - 27 Total Dry Needling Hours

APTA Tennessee - 3.2 CEUs or 32 contact hours

Florida Physical Therapy Association - 46 CEH (continuing education hours) FPTA Approval Number: CE22-717155; CE Broker Tracking #:20-717175

Illinois Physical Therapy Association - 27 traditional hours and 4.5 self-study hours

Louisiana Board of Physical Therapy - 32 Credit hours

Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners - 3.8 CEUs or 38 contact hours

Texas Physical Therapy Association - 38.00 continuing competence unit(s) (CCUs)

NOTE: Many states, such as Connecticut, Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin, among many others, accept the CEUs approved by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

If you are not sure about another state, check out your state board's website and look for language like (from South Carolina - 

At least fifteen (15) of the required thirty (30) contact hours shall be from Certified Activities. Certified Activities include [...] attendance at conferences and completion of continuing competency activities provided by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), South Carolina Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (SCAPTA), other chapters and sections of the APTA, as well as other state boards of physical therapy

Course Objectives

* Name at least four anatomical structures to avoid when needling the sternocleidomastoid muscle

* Name at least 5 possible adverse events associated with dry needling

* Demonstrate two different dry needling methods for the psoas major muscle

* Compare and contrast three basic principles of dry needling and trigger point injections

* Perform four specific muscle and region-specific manual therapy treatments to inactivate myofascial trigger points

* Demonstrate proper identification of the three key features of a trigger point

* Demonstrate proper identification of 25 muscles of the body by surface anatomy and function

Course Schedule

Note: The actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructors.

Day 1

07:00 - 07:30Registration*
07:30 - 08:30Pre-quiz & Review of Intro Lecture
08:30 - 09:30Palpation Lab
09:30 - 09:45Questions & Answers
09:45 - 10:45Needle Handling Lab
10:45 - 11:45OSHA, Blood Borne Pathogen
11:45 - 12:45Lunch
12:45 - 02:00Infraspinatus
02:00 - 03:15Deltoids
03:15 - 03:30Questions & Answers
03:30 - 04:30Biceps and Brachialis
04:15 - 05:30Triceps
05:30 - 06:30Upper Trapezius


Day 2

07:00 - 07:30Registration & continental breakfast
07:30 - 08:30Review of Intro to Pain Sciences
08:30 - 09:30SCM
09:30 - 09:45Questions & Answers
09:45 - 11:15Lat Dorsi, Teres Maj/Min & Pec Major
11:15 - 12:15Subscapularis (axillar & medial approach)
12:15 - 01:15Lunch
01:15 - 02:45Brachioradialis and Wrist Extensors
02:45 - 03:45Supinator/Anconeus
03:45 - 04:00Questions & Answers
04:00 - 05:15QL and Psoas
05:15 - 06:30Gluteus max/med/min & TFL


Day 3

07:00 - 07:30Registration & continental breakfast
07:30 - 09:00Adductor longus, brevis, magnus/gracilis
09:00 - 10:00Pectineus
10:00 - 10:15Questions & Answers
10:15 - 11:45Quads and Hamstrings
11:45 - 12:45Lunch
12:45 - 01:45Gastroc/Soleus
01:45 - 02:30Muscle Competency Check Off and Practice**
02:30 - 03:30Review and Summary


* Due to Covid-19 measures, breakfast will not be provided

**In addition, students will have 5 hours of home study modules to review prior to each course. Once registered, Myopain will send a link containing the home study modules. The home study can also be completed via a live webinar. Additional charges apply


There are no prerequisites for Dry Needling 1

Required Reading

If you have not purchased or received the required textbook prior to the class, you would need to complete the required reading after the course or during the evening hours of the course. The following chapters are required reading for the DN-1 course: Chapters 1, 5 and 6. Sections of chapters 7-12 describing the muscles that are included in the DN1 course.

Required Textbook

Trigger Point Dry Needling: An Evidence and Clinical-Based Approach, 2nd Edition By Jan Dommerholt and Fernández-de-las-Peñas. 

Click Here to purchase the book from Myopain Seminars.

Who Should Attend

Practicing Clinicians from the following professions:
Physical Therapists
Physician Assistants
Occupational Therapists
Athletic Trainers
Nurse Practitioners
Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy students in their senior year are welcome to attend the DN-1 course or the OT-DN-1 course, respectively. Proof of student status is required. As many states require that dry needling education must be completed as a post-graduate activity, it is not clear which states will indeed honor pre-graduate dry needling education. The Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners has informed Myopain Seminars that students cannot earn Continuing Education Units and courses attended prior to graduation cannot be applied to achieving Dry Needling status in Maryland. We recommend checking with your state board to get the details. Myopain Seminars does not assume any liability if and when a state board does not accept pre-graduation dry needling education.
Physical Therapy Assistants and Occupational Therapy Assistants are not eligible to attend any Myopain Seminars dry needling courses.