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Section on Women's Health – Pelvic Floor Level 1

Friday, July 11 at 8:00 AM
Des Moines University, Academic Center, 2nd floor, Des Moines, IA, 50312 Show Map



This 3-day course provides physical therapists with practical knowledge and skill in the treatment of female urinary incontinence, with an introduction to the treatment of pelvic pain. Instruction in pelvic floor muscle anatomy, function, physiology, and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction will provide the clinician with skills for immediate clinical application and build the base for future courses. This course is the first prerequisite in the series of three pelvic floor courses designed to give the practicing clinician a comprehensive knowledge base in pelvic physical therapy. Course content is evidence-based, promoting the use of reliable tests and validated outcome measures. Instruction and lab practice intravaginal examination of the pelvic floor is a key component of this course. Participants will perform and experience intra-vaginal EMG biofeedback and electrical stimulation.  Skills integration testing is performed at the end of the third day.

Course hours

Day 1:   7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Day 2:   8 am – 5:30 p.m.
Day 3:   8 am – 3:30 p.m.


Lori Mize, PT, DPT, WCS

Barb Settles-Huge, PT


Required pre-reading is to be completed prior to the course.


Licensed physical therapists, and student physical therapists in their final year of school.

Note: PTA’s are no longer eligible to participate in any SOWH Pelvic Floor continuing education programs.

Lab participation requirements

Participants will be working in groups of 3 during labs. This course includes extensive labs with intravaginal assessment and examination.  All participants must participate in labs as both “clinician” and “patient.”  Participants who cannot participate as lab subjects are required to provide their own lab partners.  Failure to participate as a lab subject, or to provide required lab partner if needed, will result in forfeiture of course completion and registration costs.

Participants who must provide their own lab partners include (but are not limited to, contact info@womenshealthapta.org if further questions):

  • All male participants
  • Pregnant women (except with written physician permission for full participation)
  • Active vaginal infections
  • Active STD or herpes lesions
  • Active bladder or rectal infections
  • Severe pelvic/vaginal/rectal pain that inhibits examination
  • Lack of prior vaginal exam by a physician
  • Active OB/GYN cancer 

Attendance requirements

Participants are expected to stay through the entire course; please make your travel plans accordingly.  Deduction of CEU certificate hours and ineligibility to participate in the CAPP process will occur for participants who leave the course early.





Denise Jackson
Executive Director, Section on Women’s Health
Association Management Group
8400 Westpark Drive
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 610-0259


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