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JCAR adopts Dry Needling Rules plus other Changes to the Administration of the PT Act

Tuesday, August 14, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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JCAR adopts Dry Needling Rules plus other Changes to the Administration of the PT Act

The rules for the administration of the PT Act have been updated to include dry needling, also referred to as intramuscular manual therapy.  They read similarly to what has already been placed in law, with just two important pieces added:

  • Completion of at least 200 patient treatment sessions under general supervision recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association.
    • The IPTA recommends that individuals working to meeting educational requirements to include dry needling in their personal scope of practice seek general supervision from an individual who holds a valid PT license in Illinois or another US state and has already met the equivalent of the Illinois dry needling educational requirements.  We recognize that this represents a challenge at the start, but it will get easier as time passes and more Illinois PT meet the requirements and can supervise.  To help this process along, we encourage individuals who are qualified and willing to supervise to contact the IPTA, as we are working to build a list to help our members that are struggling with meeting the supervision requirement. 
    • Documenting these visits has been left to the discretion of the individual, but the IPTA recommends that your record include at least the date of treatment, the patient’s internal account number or general equivalent, area treated, and who provided the general supervision.
    • It is important to note that this is not 200 patients, but treatment sessions.  If you provide 5 treatment sessions to the same patient on 5 different dates of service, it satisfies 5 of your required 200.
  • Physical therapists who completed the initial module prior to the adoption of this Section shall complete the remainder of the 54 hours by July 11, 2019.
    • For those individuals who have previously completed education modules that count towards the dry needling requirements, you have until July 11, 2019 to complete the remainder.  While the language is specific to the 54 hours, all Illinois licensed PTs who plan to include dry needling in their personal scope of practice should make sure that they can document accomplishment of all of the requirements, and keep this information in perpetuity. 

Additional changes were made to the continuing education section of the administrate rules:

  • Licensees can now earn up to 10 hours of CE credit by being a clinical instructor for PT students. Up to 5 hours of CE credit may be obtained by being a clinical instructor for PTA students.   Credit hours are determined by 1 hour of CE earned per 120 student hours.  CE credit hours for clinical instruction will be awarded by the student's academic institution.
  • Virtual attendance at live professional presentations, provided the participant is able to communicate in real time with the speaker and other participants is no longer considered self – study.  This means that live participation in educational programs such as IPTA’s #ThirdThursday and Spotlight on Research will no longer fall under the 20 hour for PT/10 hour for PTA self study limitations; however; viewing a recorded #ThirdThursday session and completing the online test will still be self-study.
  • Given that virtual attendance greatly enhances opportunities to participate in continuing education programs, waivers for completion of CE for any license renewal cycle may be given to licensees who are in full-time service in the armed forces of the United States of America during a substantial part of the prerenewal period or extreme hardship that will be  determined on an individual basis.  This may include temporary incapacity due to illness documented by a statement from a currently licensed physician or temporary undue hardship such as being disabled and unable to practice physical therapy on a temporary basis.



Have questions on Dry Needling?

IPTA launches new member-only dry needling community. Check it out now.

Our dry needling community is now available for members to join and provides information and resources on the practice of dry needling.

Included in this community are Frequently Asked Questions, Dry Needling resources, and a forum for member to member interaction. The forum can be used as a platform for connecting PTs with general supervisors for dry needling practice.

Click here to access the IPTA Dry Needling community, or type in into your search bar. You must be logged into the IPTA website in order to access this community. Once you are on the page - you may join the community by clicking "Join Group".





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