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Pelvic Floor Level 1 Part 1 - Remote Course - July 11-12, 2020 9:00am - 2:00pm Pacific Time

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Price: $250
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 8.75

This remote continuing education course provides live instruction in foundational content for the Pelvic Floor Level One course. Previously a three-day course, this course has been adapted to provide 1 day of online, lecture-based content, which will be paired with a 2-day lab intensive in-person class to fulfill the requirements in completing the Pelvic Floor Level One Course. Included in the remote course is a thorough overview of pelvic anatomy, concepts and techniques in trunk and pelvic evaluation and examination including the observation and retraining of movement patterns. Lectures will cover specific conditions including urinary incontinence and pelvic pain. Concepts related to trauma-informed care will also be included in this comprehensive introduction.  


This continuing education seminar is targeted to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapist assistants, registered nurses, nurse midwives, and other rehabilitation professionals. Content is not intended for use outside the scope of the learner's license or regulation. Physical therapy continuing education courses should not be taken by individuals who are not licensed or otherwise regulated, except, as they are involved in a specific plan of care.

Please Note: Those who were registered for a Pelvic Floor 1 course which was postponed due to Covid-19, and whose course has not been rescheduled yet, are invited to attend this remote Pelvic Floor 1 Part 1 course at no additional fee. Please contact us to verify eligibility and register if you would like to take advantage of this offer.

Required Readings

1. Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Urinary Incontinence
2. The International Pelvic Pain Society Patient's Booklet on Chronic Pelvic Pain
3. IUGA/ICS report on female pelvic floor terminology
4. Many participants find it helpful to review the anatomy of the pelvis and perineum
5. Gray's Anatomy for Students - Available at a 20% Discount for Herman & Wallace registrants (use discount code ELS25OFF). Registrants who already own a copy are not required to purchase an additional one. For those who are interested in making the shift to digital, there is an ebook version of Gray's Anatomy for Students through the above link.


Please Contact Us with any questions about the use of this text as a required reading in this course.


Special Considerations:
This course will be offered as a live, interactive remote course on Zoom, taught by an instructor who will teach introductory didactic lectures and answer questions. Participants in the two-day in-person course must complete this portion prior to attending. 



The times listed are for the morning offerings of PF1.1 All times are Pacific Time. 

Day One:

9:00 Log on, Zoom basics, introductions, goals, objectives
9:30 Pelvic Floor Anatomy & Function
10:15 Pelvic Floor Evaluation and Examination
11:45 Break
12:00 Managing Movement
1:00 Awareness of Trauma in Pelvic Rehab
2:00 Adjourn

Day Two:

9:00 Questions from Day 1
9:15 Urinary Incontinence
10:45 Break
11:00 Introduction to Pelvic Pain
12:00 General Treatment of Pelvic Pain
1:00 Questionns
1:15 Adjourn


Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the muscle layers and specific muscles of the pelvic floor
2. List the pelvic floor muscle functions
3. Describe pelvic floor muscle evaluation techniques utilizing observation, vaginal palpation, and SEMG biofeedback
4. List indications, precautions, contraindications, and universal precautions for pelvic floor examination and treatment
5. Identify the various types of urinary incontinence and behavioral treatment options available to the physical therapist
6. Begin to develop evidence-based treatment plans and progressive clinical goals for pelvic floor dysfunctions
7. Recognize key components of trauma-based care

Remote courses require Zoom video conferencing software. You can create an account and download the software to your computer at https://zoom.us/

We use the Pacific Time Zone for all of our start and end times. Please make a note of this and set your calendar accordingly.

A Zoom account is free to create. Before the meeting, we recommend having a practice Zoom session with a friend or colleague so you can test your microphone, video, and internet connection. You can participate in any remote course from the comfort of your home, but will need a stable internet connection in order to participate. We recommend downloading the software and practicing a call with a friend or colleague prior to your course with us. Zoom also offers video tutorials on their website at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials.

Still have questions about Remote Courses? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions on Remote Courses

Nicole L. Dugan, PT, DPT, MSOD, CLT-LANA, WCS

Nicole Dugan

Nicole L. Dugan, PT, DPT, MSOD, CLT-LANA, WCS graduated from Temple University’s MPT and DPT program in 1997 and 2003, respectively. At the onset of her career, she obtained clinical specialty and is now a board certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialist through the APTA and Certified Lymphedema Therapist through Lymphedema Association of North America. She spent 18 years working at Penn Medicine / Good Shepherd Penn Partners developing and mentoring in both the Pelvic Floor and Lymphedema rehabilitation program. While there, she oversaw the development and accreditation from the APTA for Women’s Health Residency Program. Nicole’s clinical specialties have allowed her opportunity to participate in multiple NIH funded multi-center research studies and publications. In 2015 Nicole joined Jefferson Health System in Philadelphia to focus on developing the Pelvic Rehabilitation program. With a focus on functional manual therapy, her clinical practice focuses on treating all genders for pelvic dysfunction, pregnancy/ postpartum/ bowel/ bladder and sexual dysfunction.

Nicole is dedicated to the multidisciplinary approach to managing patients with pelvic dysfunction. She is adjunct faculty at many academic programs including multiple Doctor of Physical Therapy programs, Jefferson Medical College, and Nursing school. She has been an invited speaker at international conferences on lymphedema management and pelvic rehabilitation. She provides pelvic rehabilitation services in Jamaica, WI through Medicine In Action medical mission. She is the co-founder of the Philadelphia Regional Pelvic PT Alliance which is a multidisciplinary organization focused on providing education and networking opportunities for Pelvic Therapists. When Niki is not working she enjoys travel, golf, and spending time with her husband and daughter.