Course Title: Provide myofascial dry needling treatment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: COTH5012

Course Title: Provide myofascial dry needling treatment

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6159 - Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy

Course Contact: Joshua Davies

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4333

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisites for this unit

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to administer myofascial dry needling treatment.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21879 Provide myofascial dry needling treatment


1 Apply the central principles and practices of myofascial dry needling treatment.

Performance Criteria:


1.1 Myofascial dry needling treatment principles and role of therapy and the therapist are specified to the client

1.2 Myofascial dry needling treatment principles and practices are evaluated in relation to the client’s health conditions

1.3 Recent developments and current best practices principles are integrated into the treatment

1.4 Measures to reduce risk, improve safety and enhance treatment outcomes are employed by the therapist


2 Work within clinic and regulation guidelines.

Performance Criteria:


2.1 Clinic’s guidelines and relevant legal and regulatory requirements for myofascial dry needling treatment are identified and adhered to

2.2 All relevant documentation is sourced and organised to communicate the key regulatory requirements to other relevant work personnel

2.3 A strategy/response to a range of given clinical scenarios is developed to ensure that appropriate guidelines are followed

2.4 Clinical guidelines are developed to ensure skills and practices are periodically reviewed & maintained


4 Perform myofascial dry needling

Performance Criteria:


4.1 The work environment is correctly prepared to conduct myofascial trigger point needling

4.2 Required resources are organised for effective treatment

4.3 Needles, cotton buds, biowaste and sharp’s disposal units are placed correctly

4.4 Myofascial dry needling is performed with the correct clinical procedures to ensure treatment goals are achieved

Learning Outcomes

See Elements of competency 

Details of Learning Activities

All class learning materials, notes and other key learning resources can be accessed via myRMIT at 

A combination of activities will support student’s learning in this course, such as:
• Face-to-face &/or online lectures to cover theoretical and practical concepts for each topic in the course
• Students will learn to apply their skills and knowledge to work integrated learning (WIL) in the student & clinical practice environment, during simulations and classroom based learning
• Work experience &/or placements observation of performance in the workplace will be a valuable part of your learning experience
• Tutorial activities (individually and in teams) to discuss, debate, critique and consolidate your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts within specific topics
• Online discussions and activities to support and collaborate with other students in your course and debate and discuss ideas
• Utilise and develop critical research and cognitive skills to find credible sources of health information
• Self-directed study time (eg. readings or activities around theory) to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts
• To further facilitate learning students are strongly encouraged to use a range of communication tools between themselves and their course instructor as well as between themselves and fellow students by using the online learning platform
• It is strongly recommended that students partner up with fellow students in order to practice assessment, treatment and palpation techniques

Teaching Schedule

Learning Schedule

Myofascial Dry Needling 2017 – Semester 2


Class Topics and Assessments

6th July

Orientation: Subject guide discussed, MDN and Acupuncture explained, legal and ethical considerations.

13th July

Infection Control Policy and Procedures

Handling needles

20th July

Pain Physiology, Trigger Point Theory and   Dermatome Theory

27th July

Dermatome Needling: Upper and Lower limb

9th Mar

MDN: Tibialis Anterior and Gastrocnemius

3rd August

MDN: Rectus Femoris, Vastus Medialis and Vastus Lateralis

10th August

MDN: Biceps Femoris, Semimembranosus, Semitendinosus, Soleus

17th August

MDN: TFL, Gluteus Medius, Peroneals

24th August

MDN: Piriformis, Gluteus Maximus, Adductor Longus, Adductor Magnus

31st August

Mid Semester Break

7th September

MDN: Quadratus Lumborum and Erector Spinae Group

14th September

Practical Case Study Test 1

21st September

MDN: Rhomboids, Levator Scapulae, Upper Trapezius, Deltoids

28th September

Scientific Evidence: Facilitation and MDN of  Upper Trapezius, Lower Trapezius, Teres Minor, Multifidus

5th October

MDN: Splenius Capitus & Cervicis, Semispinalis, Teres Major, Supraspinatus,  Infraspinatus

12th October

MDN: Biceps, Brachioradialis, ECRL, ECRB, ECU and Supinator

19th October

MDN: Triceps, FCR, FCU, Flexor Digitorum,Pronator Teres and Hand


MyoAxRx Practical Assessment 3 – MDN component

26th October

MDN: SCM, Masseter and Temporalis

Class Treatment Record to be submitted

2nd November

Practical Case Study Test 2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may consist of written tests, in class activities, presentations & written reports.


Assessment Tasks


Task 1

Practical Assessments x2

Task 2

Clinic Observation Skills Checklist

Task 3

Class Treatment Record

Task 4

Assignment – About MDN

Task 5

MyoAxRx Prac Ax3


To be deemed competent you must demonstrate an understanding of all aspects required of the competency. Assessment methods have been designed to measure your achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over multiple tasks.


Assessment Mapping Matrix



Performance Criteria Covered

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Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks


  • You will need to be deemed satisfactory in ALL aspects of each assessment task in order to achieve competency for this course.



  • Practical Assessments


These tasks are a practical assessment of your trigger point needling skills and knowledge.

Practical Case Study test 1 – Lower Body Thursday 14th September 2017

Practical Case Study test 2 – Upper Body Thursday 2nd November 2017



  • Clinic Observation Skills Checklist


There are a number of tasks to be completed within the Myotherapy student clinic by your last shift in the student clinic to demonstrate your practical application in a clinical setting.



  • Class Treatment Record


During all MDN classes you will be required to fill in a treatment record sheet. On this document you will gain written consent from your partner in each class and fill out the treatment performed. You will submit this document at the end of your final MDN class on: Thursday 26th October 2017



  • Myofascial Dry Needling Information Web Page


See assessment tool on Blackboard for details of this assessment.



  • MyoAxRx Practical Assessment 3 – MDN component


Part of the practical assessment for this unit will occur in MyoAxRx practical assessment 3. You will use the skills and knowledge acquired in MDN to treat scapulohumeral rhythm after assessing your partner with the skills and knowledge leant in MyoAxRx.

Assessment Matrix

Course Overview: Access Course Overview