Course Title: Provide myofascial dry needling treatment

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6135 Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy

Course Title: Provide myofascial dry needling treatment

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Term1 2014,
Term1 2015,
Term2 2015,
Term1 2016,
Term2 2016

Course Contact: Joshua Davies

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4333

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course is designed to provide the skills and knowledge to enable the participant to administer myofascial dry needling treatment. It assumes that the participant already has the competency to provide remedial massage treatment.
There are no licensing requirements related to this unit, but there are a range of local government, State and Federal laws and regulations that relate to its practice by a myotherapist.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Learners must complete the Diploma of Remedial Massage HLT50307 (or equivalent) prior to enrolling in this program.


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VU21418 Perform myofascial dry needling treatment


Apply the central principles and practices of myofascial dry needling treatment

Perform myofascial dry needling

Work within clinic and regulation guidelines

 Assess the client to determine if myofascial dry needling is indicated

Learning Outcomes

To be considered competent in this course, participants must be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of the philosophies and principles of myofascial dry needling practice
  • Work within the relevant clinic and regulation guidelines to achieve required quality standards
  • Provide clients with required information on myofascial dry needling
  • Record client record details appropriately
  • Communicate effectively in a one-to-one and group setting
  • Prepare the clinical environment for myofascial dry needing treatments
  • Carry out musculoskeletal and physiological assessment procedures relevant to myofascial dry needling
  • Apply myofascial dry needling techniques effectively on at least 10 occasions on a range of clients and on a variety of body areas
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of myofascial dry needling treatment on the client.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course forms part of the Advanced Diploma Remedial Massage (Myotherapy).
Primary assessment involves on-going practical and applied assessment in a clinical workplace or simulated environment such as a supervised student clinic.
Assessment is typically based around written and/or online tests, assignments, reflective journals, evidence portfolio’s, logbooks and/or practical demonstrations.
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Assessment is undertaken through successful completion of all assessment activities and classroom, project & industry participation.
Assessments are spaced across the duration of the course, in order for your teacher to provide you with progressive feedback.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An RMIT assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document, the Assessment policies and procedures manual (;ID=ln1kd66y87rc).