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Functional Dry Needling® Level 2

$1,099 - $1,299

Contact Hours: 2 day: 25 hours/2.5 CEU/25CCU
3 day: 33 hours/3.3CEU/33 CCU

Length: 2–3 days

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––– Prerequisite
Functional Dry Needling® Level 1
For: PT, OT, DC, ATC, MD, DO, NP, PA, RN

FDN Level 2 is an intermediate level course that builds upon the skill set developed in FDN Level 1.   This course focuses on technical proficiency in foundational dry needling techniques in more complex regions of the body, expanding the skill set to bolster application in clinical practice. Musculature taught includes advanced spine, trunk and upper and lower quadrants.

Anatomy, safety, precautions, and psychomotor aspects of needling are reinforced alongside in-depth instruction in neurophysiology behind dry needling mechanisms and critical appraisal of current evidence.  FDN Level 2 is a hybrid learning experience that integrates online learning prior to the lab-based weekend intensive.

Course Objectives/Outcomes

After completing this course the participants will be able to:

  • Independently demonstrate needle insertion following infection control and safety guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control
  • Describe recognition and management of a pneumothorax or neural compromise –rare but serious potential adverse events that can occur with dry needling–as presented in the course
  • Describe neurophysiologic changes that occur with dry needling
  • Compare physiologic effects of dry needling and manipulation
  • Discuss benefits of electrical stimulation with dry needling
  • Discuss parameters of frequency, duration, pulse width in application of electrical stimulation with dry needling
  • Describe neurophysiologic changes that occur with the application of electrical stimulation with dry needling
  • Compare and contrast dry needling and other needling or manual therapies
  • Discuss concepts in methodology of dry needling literature
  • Discuss advanced techniques in dry needling
  • Independently propose a plan of care that includes dry needling when given a specific patient case example
  • Demonstrate appropriate application of dry needling in instructed areas of the spine and trunk
  • Demonstrate appropriate application of dry needling in instructed areas of the lower quadrant
  • Demonstrate appropriate application of dry needling in instructed areas of the upper quadrant

Note on prerequisites for this course: In addition to prerequisite course, participants must submit a log of 100 dry needling sessions (the log must include four muscles). Or, participants may successfully complete the course, Functional Dry Needling: Clinical Integration.


*If you do not see your profession listed above please email [email protected] to discuss whether you might be able to take the course.


While EIM is an AOTA approved provider, these courses have not been submitted for AOTA approval and thus CEU credit would need to be requested by the individual learner at this time.

At this time, EIM’s functional dry needling content is not available to PTAs

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  • Why EIM

    We’re reimagining health care education that takes you to the next next level. With learning that takes place where you are, evidence-based practice, and better outcomes for your patients, our education is transformative. That’s why EIM.

  • FDN 2 provided a good refresher on form, technique, and palpation skills to be more precise with treatments of the more intricate muscles. I'll definitely utilize these new skills and knowledge to treat more "difficult" or stubborn areas. Course Graduate

  • I am amazed at the differences in outcomes when you're not just looking at the location of pain but rather the whole picture and the neuro component to provide the long term relief not just the short term. Course Graduate


Important Updates Related to COVID-19 Precautions and Policies: Learn more about the steps we’re taking.

CEU and Cancellation Policy

If you are in need of a disability-related accommodation, please contact us here. We will process requests for reasonable accommodation and will provide reasonable accommodations where appropriate, in a prompt and efficient manner. For more information please see the Accommodation Procedures for Participants with Disabilities.

For the safety of our participants and to ensure the best experience possible, we require pregnant participants bring a model to be needled by their partner for this course. Please reach out to [email protected] for additional information regarding our pregnancy policy.

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