Pelvic Physical Therapy Level 1

Des Moines, IA US
October 23, 2015 to October 25, 2015



Course Introduction

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.

Target Audience

Licensed Physical Therapists, and Student Physical Therapists in their final year of school. PTA’s are no longer eligible to participate in any SOWH Pelvic Floor continuing education programs.

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.  You will need to initial and submit this electronic Attendance Agreement form prior to your arrival at the course.

Complete information on the attendance policy is included here.


Day 1:7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Day 2:8 am – 5:30 pm
Day 3:8 am – 3:30 pm


  1. Correctly identify the anatomy of the anterior urogenital triangle.
  2. Correctly identify the causes of pelvic floor muscle weakness.
  3. Palpate the muscles of the pelvic floor and diagnose problems associated with weakness.
  4. Correctly identify the causes and treatments of pelvic organ prolapsed.
  5. Identify and prescribe proper treatments for pelvic floor muscle weakness.


  • Lori Mize
  • Carina Siracusa

Continuing Education Hours

  • CEUs: 2.3  
  • Direct Access Hours: 1.5 Participants are responsible for ensuring this meets individual state requirements.


Required pre-reading is to be completed prior to the course. All pre-reading is available at this link.

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.  Complete information on course participation requirements is located here.

Participants who MUST provide their own lab partners include (but are not limited to, contact with 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


Aika Barzhaxynova
Program Manager, Section on Women's Health

Welcome to Des Moines

In Des Moines, you can experience the excitement of the city and explore rural Iowa’s charming beauty. Connecting with your peers, shopping, food and activities make great memories.  This affordable, cosmopolitan city has an impressive blend of world class art and premier attractions, such as the Science Center of Iowa and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.  Miles of trails to walk or cycle allow you to see the city and the beauty of its rivers and parks ~ just steps away from the conference.  Bicycles are available for rent through the BCycle program! When it comes to dining, our city offers incredible food prepared by talented chefs.  You will experience some of the finest tasting pork to Tai pizza.  Another added benefit is downtown’s four-mile, climate-controlled skywalk system (the largest skywalk system per capita in the world), our booming suburbs, and unique shopping in the East Village. Greater Des Moines is a growing metropolis with an array of attractions and entertainment in a setting that boasts a rich history, a thriving present and a very bright future, all while maintaining a special charm that touches all who visit.  Learn more about Des Moines at the following websites:


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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 23.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/23/2015 - 7:30am CDT
Event ends: 
10/25/2015 - 3:30pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Academic Center Floor 2
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 23.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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