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CAPP Certificate Program

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Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic)

The Section on Women’s Health (SoWH) has developed the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic) 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.  The CAPP is awarded to physical therapists who complete the required courses of training in pelvic physical therapy, pass written and clinical testing requirements at each level and successfully complete and “pass” a written case reflection.

Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy/Postpartum Physical Therapy (CAPP-OB)

The Section on Women´s Health (SoWH) has developed the Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy (CAPP-OB) to certify that a physical therapist has completed a comprehensive education, training and testing program for management of pregnant and postpartum patients experiencing musculoskeletal dysfunction and high risk pregnancy.  The CAPP is awarded to physical therapists who complete the required courses of training in pregnancy and postpartum physical therapy, pass written and clinical testing requirements at each level and successfully complete and “pass” a written case reflection.

 

Download the CAPP Candidate Guide

 

Eligibility Requirements

1. You must be a licensed Physical Therapist

2. For those pursuing CAPP-Pelvic Certificate

2a. For those pursuing CAPP-OB Certificate in 2018 * (RETIRING DECEMBER 31, 2018)

2b. For those pursuing CAPP-OB Certificate in 2019 (EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2019) *NEW REQUIREMENTS*

Case Reflection Review Timeline

Review QuarterApplication Submission DeadlineResults Sent to Authors
SpringFebruary 15May 15
SummerMay 15August 15
FallAugust 15November 15
WinterNovember 15February 15

Upon submission of your application and case reflection, you will receive a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours of submission receipt. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail from the SoWH or have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Submission Forms & References

CAPP Practitioner Directories

View CAPP-Pelvic Certificate Recipients

View CAPP-OB Certificate Recipients

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who is eligible to pursue the CAPP?

Licensed Physical Therapists (PTs)

Stay tuned for progress updates on the PTA (Physical Therapist Assistant) Pathway Program.

Q.  I have taken some of my pelvic courses from another educational institution. Can I pursue the CAPP through the SoWH? Only physical therapists who have completed all the required CAPP courses through the SoWH may pursue the CAPP certificate. This requirement is in place for the following reasons:

The SoWH’s CAPP reflects completion of specific didactic coursework, successful check-off of essential skills during the course labs, successful passing of a case scenario at the end of each course, and passing of a written test at the completion of each course.

The CAPP course materials are created through a rigorous consensus process by an expert committee. 

The SoWH is not able to monitor the didactic information, skills instruction, and testing methods provided by other institutions. Hence, the CAPP can only confidently be awarded to those who have completed the process with the SoWH.

Please note that if you have taken a similar course to the Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 course at another institution, you can fast-track the PH1 requirement. The Section on Women’s Healthis offering the opportunity for practitioners who have taken a similar/equivalent Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 course from another institution to enter the SoWH’s Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic) program.For more information about this course that allows you to fast-track the PH1 requirement, please visit our page PH1 Bridge Course Dates and Locations.

Q.  I took some levels of my Pelvic coursework through SoWH, and some levels through a different institution. I would like to complete the CAPP. What do I need to do? First, did you complete the skills and written testing for CAPP when you took the SoWH Pelvic courses? If you answer “yes,” then you would just need to go back and take the courses through SoWH that you have not already taken. For example, let’s say you took Pelvic Floor Level 2 and Pelvic Floor Level 3 through the SoWH, and successfully completed the CAPP skills checks/testing during each course, and passed the written test after each course. Then you would just need to go back and take the Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 course and skills/written testing in order to qualify to pursue the CAPP or complete the Level 1 Bridge course.

If you did NOT complete the skills check or written testing for the CAPP when you took your pelvic courses, you would need to contact the Director of Education ([email protected]) to determine what you would need to do to meet the requirements. Additionally, you would also take the courses from SoWH that you had not taken yet with successful completion of skills check, scenario testing, and written test as described in the CAPP process.

Q.  I have previously taken pregnancy courses outside of the CAPP. Can I skip the OB-Fundamentals course? To complete the CAPP-OB, you must complete all OB courses in ANY order from Section on Women’s Health. These three courses include: Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy, Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum and Considerations and Interventions for Intrapartum Support). All courses must be taken through the Section on Women’s Health.

Q.  How much of the course can I miss and still pursue the CAPP? This question comes up frequently in regards to travel. It is strongly recommended that you travel near the course location the day BEFORE the course begins, and that you plan to attend the ENTIRE course to the end. Missing 10% or more of the course time causes both a reduction in CEU hours and disqualification to pursue the CAPP. Missing part of the course for ANY reason does not change this disqualification. Additionally, the required CAPP practical testing occurs on the final day of the course and missing this testing would disqualify one from pursuing the CAPP. Missing this testing also disqualifies one for pursuit of the CAPP.

Q.  How much extra does the CAPP cost? Currently, there is no additional cost for the CAPP beyond the cost of registering for the CAPP

Q.  I am not interested in pursuing the CAPP. Do I still need to participate in the CAPP testing process? There is no additional cost however the CAPP practical testing at each course is required to obtain the full credit (CEUs) for that course.The only difference in working toward the CAPP certification is the additional requirement to successfully complete and pass a CAPP Case Reflection after completing all the courses in the series of the program. Anyone who is uncertain of pursuing the CAPP is strongly encouraged to successfully complete all the steps and testing at each course, as doing so does not add cost while providing valuable, rich learning experiences to the course. If these steps are not successfully completed and you later decide you do want to pursue the CAPP, you may find that you will need to retake a course in order to complete the full requirements for that course. It is much easier and provides a richer learning experience to complete all the requirements along the way.

Q. I am pregnant. Will I be able to attend the Pelvic or OB courses during my pregnancy or postpartum?

For OB (Pregnancy and Postpartum) courses, YES you are able to attend and should be able to participate in the course without restrictions if you are experiencing a healthy pregnancy without complications.

For Pelvic courses YES, but with the following caveats:

– You may only participate in labs if your physician, midwife, or other health care provider who is overseeing your pregnancy provides written consent for you to participate in the internal pelvic (vaginal or rectal, depending on the course) labs. Consent forms are located here. However, for the safety of the pregnancy, the SoWH strongly recommends that pregnant women do not participate in labs and encourages instead to obtain a live model.

– If a pregnant participant prefers, or if her health care provider does not consent to participation in internal labs, then a pregnant or postpartum participant may still attend the course IF she provides a live model to substitute for herself during the labs. If you plan to bring a live model, please declare this here in our Lab Declaration Form so that we can best prepare for you and your model’s arrival at the course.

Q.  I am from or live in another country. What value does the “CAPP” certificate hold for me? The CAPP holds value for Physical Therapists who live or work outside the United States. Here are some highlights:

The SoWH is a member of the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Women’s Health (IOPTWH), thus holding international recognition.

The SoWH is the national professional organization of Women’s Health physical therapists in the United States, setting the standard for women’s health physical therapy.

Participating in the CAPP process provides a richer learning experience, as participants engage more fully to complete the required practical testing, written testing, and written case reflection.

Several countries are offering the SoWH CAPP courses in their country as they see value in the SoWH’s certificate course series for reasons highlighted. As such, the CAPP certificates are increasingly recognized internationally.

If you are already planning to attend the CAPP courses, why not pursue the CAPP? As noted previously in these FAQs, the CAPP can be obtained at no additional cost, and most of the requirements are met just through successful completion of course.

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