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Online Home Study Courses

The following courses below provide electronic course materials (modules, handouts, exam, and certificate upon successful passing of exam) upon registration sent to participants via e-mail. Participants receive a purchase confirmation along followed by an e-mail with log-in access details from the Section on Women’s Health. If you do not believe you received the log-in access e-mail, contact

PT Management of Patients with Chronic Pelvic Pain

Karen Abraham, PT, PhD, OCS
Laura Scheufele, PT, BCIA-PMDB
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to physical therapy management of patients with chronic pelvic pain (CPP). This self-study module provides an overview of the pathology of CPP and common examination and intervention strategies for the management of these patients. The most recent evidence is presented along with “clinical pearls” based on the authors’ clinical experiences. Patient cases and a brief assessment are provided to facilitate application of the material to clinical practice. 

Contact Hours: 6
Item No. WHPTCPP STUDY  Order Online!
Price:  SoWH Member: $90.00  |  Non-APTA:  $130.00

PT Management for Osteoporosis: Prevention & Management

Carleen Lindsey, PT, MScAH, GCS, CEEAA and Nancey Johnson Bookstein, PT, EdD
This home study module is intended to give therapists a practical approach to comprehensive problem solving for the patient who presents with low bone density, and often a kyphosis, forward head, and protracted shoulder girdle. Skeletal anatomy and physiology as well as bone strength measurement strategies are presented. The scientific basis for current pharmacological treatment is discussed as well as surgical approaches for treating vertebral fractures. Evaluation and treatment planning are covered in great detail. Physical therapy interventions feature postural and resistance exercises, activities of daily living as exercise, and also some manual therapies. This course has been designed for the therapist to immediately apply the information in the clinical setting to patients with kyphosis, osteoporosis, and/or postural restrictions. The appendix section includes a large number of print-ready exercise interventions.

Item No. WHPTCPP STUDY  Order Online!
Price:  SoWH Member: $60.00  |  Non-APTA:  $100.00

The Anatomy and Physiology of Intra-abdominal Pressure

Ross McClung, PhD and Ann Dunbar PT, MS

A growing body of research continues to elucidate the role of intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) in trunk stabilization. Where IAP may lead to secondary medical problems (e.g. obesity causing secondary IAP contributing to gastroesophageal reflux disease, urinary incontinence, and increased pleural pressure), it also has a role in stabilizing the trunk and reducing spinal loading. The Home Study begins with a live dissection review of the anatomical structures that contribute to IAP and is followed by a lecture discussing the relationship of IAP to other physiological processes and health states such as respiration, obesity, and pregnancy. The scientific basis for spine stabilization will be reviewed. Clinical application enhancing the function of core stabilizers will be briefly presented. 

Contact Hours: 1.5

Item No. WH-IAP STUDY   Order Online!

Price:  SoWH Member: $50.00  |    Non-APTA:  $90.00


Rebecca Stephenson, PT

The Section on Women’s Health is offering a new study module that aims to assist the practitioner who needs additional information on the basics needed to treat pregnant women. This home study covers anatomy, physiology, examination and treatment. Topics include: contraindications to exercise during pregnancy, examination strategies, Vena Cava syndrome, biomechanics of pregnancy, identifying treatment strategies for musculoskeletal dysfunctions, differentiating between low back and SIJ pain, and nerve palsies.

Contact Hours: 2
Item No. WH-OB STUDY Order Online!
Price:  SoWH Member: $50.00  |  Non-APTA:  $90.00

EMG Homestudy

This 2 ½ hour home study course is intended to give the practicing physical therapists a working knowledge of surface electromyography (SEMG) instrumentation. Quality treatment of patient with pelvic dysfunction requires a comprehensive understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and many treatment modalities. SEMG is only one part of a complete treatment. However, incomplete knowledge of SEMG can result in poor or incorrect application, interpretation, or treatments. Strong knowledge of instrumentation will enhance the quality of SEMG treatments and patient outcomes. This material will describe basic concepts applicable to all forms of SEMG. It is intended to familiarize the reader with basic SEMG instrumentation concepts. Fundamentals of electronics and definitions of important terms pertaining to components of instrumentation and other components and their effects in the recording environment are presented. The goal is to present the reader with essential terms and enough information to be able to identify noise and artifacts in clinical situations, and, to assist in scrutinizing research papers with increased rigor. This module is necessary to complete the didactic education for the BCIA pelvic muscle dysfunction certificate. 

Contact Hours: 3

Item No. WH-EMG-STUDY   Order Online!

Price:  SoWH Member: $50.00  |  Non-APTA:  $90.00

Medical Management & PT Management of High-Risk Pregnancy

This course is designed to provide an overview of the common medical conditions that place a pregnant women into a high risk category. Medical management, nutrition management, and physical therapy examination/evaluation and interventions for these medical conditions is also included. The effects of long-term bed rest, both physically and psychologically, are discussed. Lastly, common psychosocial issues for the mother and family members is addressed and includes information on referral sources for support services during a challenging pregnancy. Contact Hours: 4

Item No. WH-HSHRP   Order Online!
Price:  SoWH Member: $60.00  |  Non-APTA:  $100.00

Introduction to Male Pelvic Health Part 1: Urinary Incontinence

Daniel Kirages, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

New Online Course Offering from the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy! This 2 hour online course is designed for physical therapists looking to enhance their knowledge base for evaluating and treating men with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction resulting in urinary incontinence.  Register online here!

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