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Program Overview

The objective of the ODN-3 course is to review and expand upon all course materials of the ODN-1 and ODN-2 courses. In addition, students will expand their knowledge of head, neck, face, jaw and shoulder pain syndromes through focused lectures and practical laboratory sessions. The course includes a comprehensive review of relevant and pertinent pain sciences, including sensitization. This is a one – day course, which will prepare the participants for the Orofacial Dry Needling Certification Examinations.


Completion of the ODN-2 course.

Eligibility Requirements

The course is designed for physical therapists, dentists, physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, and chiropractors. All participants are expected to participate in the hands-on portions of the courses. Entry-level physical therapy students are not eligible for the dry needling courses, but dental residents and physical therapy residents are welcome to attend.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role of pertinent pain sciences in clinical practice
  • Identify select muscles of the head, face, neck and shoulder by surface anatomy and by function
  • Identify the features of the trigger point by physical examination and apply this knowledge to individual muscles in the head, face, neck, and shoulder regions
  • Perform muscle and region-specific manual therapy treatments to inactivate myofascial trigger points and restore movement patterns         and posture, integrating various treatment techniques including dry needling and manual trigger point therapy
  • Understand the basic principles of dry needling and trigger point injections
  • Understand the implications of the OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Standard for the clinical practice of dry needling


Note: Actual times may vary with each program at the discretion of the instructor. Coffee breaks are provided; meals are on your own.

Day 1 7:30–8:00 Registration
8:00–9:00 Lecture – Introduction to dry needling – Rules of needling –
OSHA Blood Borne Pathogen Standard
9:00–10:30 Practicum – Review of dry needling techniques –
neck and shoulder muscles I
10:30–10:45 Coffee/tea break
10:45–12:30 Practicum – Review of dry needling techniques –
neck and shoulder muscles II
12:30–1:30 Lunch break
1:30–3:00 Practicum – Review of dry needling techniques –
orofacial muscles muscles I
3:00–3:15 Coffee/tea break
3:15–4:00 Practicum – Review of dry needling techniques –
orofacial muscles muscles II
4:00–5:00 Lecture – Putting it all together


The course program consists of three 2-day courses, which must be attended in order.

ODN-I:  The Neck
ODN-2:  The Head and Face
ODN-3:  Clinical Integration and Certification Examinations