SoWH hosts 45+ continuing education courses across the United States geared toward Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and Student Physical Therapists. Course topics include: pelvic health physical therapy, pregnancy & postpartum physical therapy, gynecologic visceral manipulation, pediatric pelvic health, male pelvic health, menopause, urogenital and breast Cancer rehabilitation. Plan your course trip here!
On-Demand Home Study Modules & Online Courses
A variety of on-demand affordable home study modules and online courses are available to members and non-members that can easily fit into your schedule and budget! Upon registration, registrants receive a purchase confirmation followed by an e-mail with access instructions to the home study materials. The courses consist of case samples, readings, a multiple choice test and a certificate of completion upon successful passing of the course.
Live-streamed, virtual panels and talks ranging from 1-2 hours that address diverse topics that relate to the physical therapy profession. Over 200+ cross-industry practitioners (physical therapy and other) tune in to these webinars and have the chance to submit their own questions for the panelists or speaker.
Certificate Achievement in Physical Therapy (Pelvic or OB)
The Section on Women’s Health (SoWH) has developed the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic) and Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy (CAPP-OB) to certify that a Physical Therapist has completed a comprehensive education, training and testing program for the management of patients with diagnoses of pelvic health dysfunction, such as urinary incontinence and pelvic pain (CAPP-Pelvic) or the management of pregnant and postpartum patients experiencing musculoskeletal dysfunction and high risk pregnancy (CAPP-OB). The CAPP is awarded to Physical Therapists who complete three courses*, pass written and clinical testing requirements at each level and successfully complete a written case report.
Each year, SoWH hosts 1-2 day Pre-Conference courses before the annual APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). These full-day Pre-Conference sessions take a deep dive into pelvic and abdominal health physical therapy topics and are presented by topic experts and world-renowned Physical Therapists. By offering Pre-Conferences before the annual CSM meeting, attendees can take this opportunity to earn additional CEUs before the conference. Pre-Conferences are open to member and non-member Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and Student Physical Therapists.
Combined Sections Meeting 2-Hour Educational Sessions
Each year, SoWH hosts 20-26 two-hour educational sessions at the annual APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) after careful selection of expert speakers and review of proposed topics. Speakers present the latest evidence-based research in relation to pelvic and abdominal health physical therapy. CSM, itself, brings together over 12,000 innovative and dedicated professionals for the largest conference on physical therapy in the country. With programming designed by all 18 of APTA’s specialty sections (including Section on Women’s Health), you will not want to miss this upbeat conference! In between the educational session days, SoWH also hosts its annual membership meeting and various social and networking functions geared toward members and prospective members.
Specializations & Study Guides
Women’s Health Clinical Specialist WCS Exam Study Guide – Although we do not administer nor facilitate the WCS exam, we created a task force of members to generate a list of free and helpful tips and recommended readings to help others prepare for the exam. The topics and articles listed in our WCS Study Guide are not guaranteed to show up on the WCS Certification Exam nor is the Section on Women’s Health responsible for any of the exam content. The American Board of Physical Therapist Specialties (ABPTS) oversees the Women’s Health Clinical Specialist (WCS) board certification. The “WCS” post-nominal initials (meaning, letters behind one´s name) indicates that a physical therapist has proven that he/she has the knowledge, skill and experience exceeding that of an entry-level physical therapist and unique to the area of women’s health practice.
Student Clinical Affiliations
The following list shows the the current clinical sites and highlights the type of clinical experiences provided to the student at each site.
A Physical Therapist Residency is a planned program of post professional education for licensed PTs. Residencies are overseen by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). Residency curricula are developed from the Description of Specialist Practice (Women´s Health DSP) and includes didactic instruction and mentored clinical practice. Residencies generally range from 9-12 months in length. Upon completion, the PT resident should be prepared to provide skilled care for patients in women´s health and to take the Women´s Health Certified Specialist (WCS) exam upon completion. APTA highly advocates completing a residency program. As more programs are developed across the country, potential applicants will have an increased opportunity to complete a residency program. Those physical therapists deciding to complete a postprofessional program and sit for the specialist exam are more marketable as specialized practitioners. In addition, individuals who complete the program(s) may have the opportunity to become involved with residency programs (development, faculty, mentoring, etc.).
Entry-Level DPT Course Curriculum Guidelines
This document is based on survey research conducted by a task force of the Section on Women´s Health (SoWH), APTA. This survey was provided to all United States academic physical therapy programs and to all members of the SoWH in 2012. This document is an attempt to assist United States physical therapy programs with what women´s health content should be included in professional (i.e., entry-level) programs of study for the physical therapist student. This document is a guideline only; it does not carry any regulatory weight and is not an official publication of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), nor the American Physical Therapy Association.
The Section on Women´s Health (SoWH) is providing this guideline to all accredited physical therapist programs in the United States to assist in curricular planning and implementation in the area of women´s health. This is an updated version of the `Guidelines for Women´s Health Content in Professional Physical Therapist Education´, first published in 2005.