Questions about Continuing Education Courses
Questions about Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC)
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Many therapists who are just getting started with pelvic rehab take our most popular course, Pelvic Floor Level 1. This course is designed to instruct in immediately-applicable clinical skills of evaluating and treating pelvic floor dysfunction, inclusive of internal pelvic floor evaluations, using biofeedback and external palpation. It is highly recommended for the therapist who wants to begin seeing patients with uro-gynecologic pain conditions and incontinence. This thorough introductory course was created so that, upon completion of the course, participants can begin to treat a patient with pelvic floor issues the next day, using the skills learned at the course.
Beyond the Pelvic Floor 1, we offer a number of Beginning Level courses (courses with no pre-requisites) that cover a vast array of topics and target patient populations.
If you would like additional guidance on which course offering best fits your goals and target patient population, please contact us! We are here to guide you into an event that best suits your needs.
No. If while attending a course you are on your menstrual period, we supply Softcups at our courses which will allow you to participate in full at the course.
If you still prefer not to be a model during labs, you may choose to opt out.
If you would like more information on the provided products, you may visit the link here: http://softcup.com/
H&W courses are classified as Beginner (no prerequisites) Intermediate (one prerequisite) or Advanced (two or more prerequisites). Beginner-level courses can be taken by licensed therapists without any prior coursework. Therapists interested in registering for any Intermediate or Advanced course must review the prerequisites on the course description page and honestly assess/report their own fulfillment of the published prequisites. Courses that have Pelvic Floor Level One as a prerequisite require a working knowledge of performing internal assessments. It is never recommended that a participant skip this introduction without prior training or experience performing internal exam.
Clinical experience or alternative coursework may be a substitute for the published course requirements, and it is recommended that a therapist considering opting out of a published prereq review the objectives of the required course and assert that said objectives have been met. Because it is impossible to verify participant's past experience and training, H&W is not able to verify satisfaction of prerequisites during registration, and it is the responsibility of the registrant to follow the published requirements. H&W highly recommends following the recommended/required course work in order, and will not give refunds or special arrangements for therapists who elect, at their own discretion, to take courses out of the published, recommended order.
As always, it is the responsibility of a course participant to guarantee that they are legally able to conduct the techniques taught in a Herman & Wallace course prior to participating. Herman & Wallace values the place Licensed Massage Therapists (LMTs) have in the healthcare industry. However, we have consulted with legal counsel, and at the advice of our legal counsel, we are not accepting registrations from LMTs at this time. If regulation of the LMT profession changes, we will revisit this policy with our legal counsel and amend our attendance policies accordingly.
The Herman & Wallace Institute welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina and other female anatomy is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses. This includes male therapists, as well as female therapists who do not have a vagina, or those who identify with another or no gender. H&W does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran
Some of our courses include lab-work in which participants work in partners to practice internal vaginal examination. During these labs, no participant will be required to partner with any other one participant. Male participants who want to be assured of having a lab partner, therefore, may wish to bring a lab model, similar to those participants who cannot participate fully in labs because they are pregnant or have another medical consideration. This is not required, as requiring one gender to bring a model and not another is a discriminatory practice.
Participants who are uncomfortable partnering with a male participant, or who wish to work in another part of the room for additional modesty, are encouraged to voice these preferences to the instructors, who will be happy to make efforts to accommodate.
For courses which include lab work, participants should understand that they will be evaluated by students who have never before performed these examinations. H&W does not recommend that participants be evaluated or act as a model for internal examinations if they are pregnant or have other medical conditions that limit examinations or vaginal penetration.
Vaginal examination and internal myofascial manual therapy prior to 32 weeks gestation is not the common standard of medical practice. Participants who are pregnant who wish to participate fully in the entire course including in lab must bring a clearance letter from their physician allowing them to participate in the labs is required. Clearance letters should come from the participant's OB/GYN and be on rx form or stationary.
Participants who are pregnant also have the option of bringing their own lab model for examination, or they have the option of working in a group of three during lab times. Course instructors will facilitate participants observing as a part of a group of three at the course event. Please understand that hands on lab time for participants observing in a group of three may be more limited.
Herman & Wallace continuing education courses are attended mainly by physical therapists. However, we see ourselves as a resource for all health care practitioners seeking to improve patients' quality of life, and other professionals are welcome in our courses so long as the content covered in any given course that one attends is within that person's scope of practice. It is the responsibility of course registrant to check with their state boards to ensure that the content of a Herman & Wallace course that they attend is within their state-specific scope of practice
The following is a "non-exhaustive" list of practitioners who are welcome to take our courses:
|Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)||Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)||Nurse Midwives (CNM)|
|Nurse Practitioners (ARNP)||Occupational Therapists (OT)||Occupational Therapists Assistants (OTA)|
|Physical Therapists (PT)||Physical Therapists Assistants (PTA)||Doctor of Medicine (MD)|
|Physicians Assistants (PA)||Registered Nurses (RN)|
By "non-exhaustive" we mean that these are simply the most common registrants that we see in our courses. Potential registrants who are not licensed in one of the above professions and wish to attend a given H&W course must contact their state licensing board and ask for written clarification on whether or not the content of the course they wish to attend falls within their scope of practice. Herman & Wallace will require written confirmation from a given professional's state licensing entity in order to allow a professional not listed above to attend a given course. Every state has different rules governing the scope of practice of the hundreds of types of healthcare practitioners. For this reason, Herman and & Wallace requires this written notice.
Herman & Wallace values the work of Licensed Massage Therapists (LMTs) and the place LMTs have in the heathcare industry. However, we have consulted with legal counsel, and at the advice of our legal counsel, we are not accepting registrations from LMTs at this time. If regulation of the LMT profession changes, we will revisit this policy with our legal counsel and amend our attendance policies accordingly.
The best way to determine which course to take is to review the Course Overview and Objectives on each individual course page and ask yourself what your treatment goals (in both the long and short term) are. What patient population are you targeting? All courses list the learning objectives, which will give you a lot of information about what you'll be learning at a given course.
Also, review the prerequisites listed on the course page. Some courses are part of a series and it is not recommended that they be taken out of order (see above regarding info on prerequisites). On the Continuing Education Courses mainpage, you can click the Experience Level tab to see courses organized by level of difficulty.
If you would like additional guidance on which course offering best fits your goals and target patient population, please contact us! We are here to guide you into an event that best suits your needs.
The goal of Herman & Wallace Institute courses is to teach skills that are immediately applicable to a clinical setting. An important part of learning this skill set and preparing for certification is taking time to apply what you learned with patients in a clinical setting.
Some participants, therefore, choose to leave several months between PF1 and their next course. Some, however, choose to condense their coursework over a shorter period of time. Much depends on the participants individual goals, availability and learning style.
Beginning in 2013, the Institute began offering three courses related to the pregnant and postpartum patient. These courses are:
This continuing education series is designed as three separate two-day classes designed to give the learner a broad knowledge base of issues encountered in physical therapy during the pregnancy and postpartum periods. There is no prerequisite for any of the courses, however, it is recommended that the participant have experience and at least one course in pregnancy and post-partum issues prior to taking the “special topics” course.
If you previously attended the Pregnancy and Postpartum course, you may take either the PREG course or the POST course (as they both include new information) or you make take the Special Topics course.
You can find information about Required Readings on the "Description" tab of any course, under the Required Readings heading.
You can find information about Prerequisite requirements on the "Description" tab of any course, under the Prerequisite heading.
The Pelvic Floor Series Capstone is the advanced course of the Pelvic Floor series and is designed to build on the skills learned in Pelvic Floor Levels 1, 2A, and 2B The course assumes a working knowledge and anatomical understanding of material presented in Pelvic Floor Levels 1, 2A, and 2B, and it will build from that knowledge. Please take time to review those course manuals before attending.
No. Pelvic Floor Level 2A and Pelvic Floor Level 2B can be taken in any order.
These two courses were once part of a single course, called PF2 that was broken into two parts to accommodate the amount of information presented. Participants may therefore taken these courses in either order.
Pelvic Floor Level 1 is a pre-requisite for both Levels 2A and 2B
We post course events as they are confirmed and on contract. If you do not see a confirmed date for a coure you've been wanting to take, we may be waiting for a contract to come back, or are actively seeking site hosts for a given offering. (Consider contacting us about hosting an event in your area!) We'd be happy to let you know the status of any events which are in the works but not yet posted on our site.
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Course prices are listed on several pages on our site. The Continuing Education Coures page lists all of our current course offerings. Click on any course to see course prices, along with schedule breakdown, objectives, pre-requisites and special considerations, and a list of all of the available scheduled events.
We offer discounts for a number of instances and scenarios, please feel free to contact us for info regarding available discounts.
Herman & Wallace provides a course roster to participants for this very purpose, although these rosters are not always distributed before participants have made hotel reservations. You can always contact the institute, and we can forward your inquiry about hotel sharing to the other course participants .
Once you complete your course registration, you will receive your confirmation, sent to your registered email, within minutes. In keeping with our committment to being GREEN, no confirmation will be sent by via snail mail.
If a course is full, you will not be able to register online. The registration link will be disabled and SOLD OUT will appear prominently next to the course title.
If the course is not listed as SOLD OUT on the website, there are still seats available.
This information will be in your confirmation letter. Once we process your registration, we will email you your confirmation letter (we will not send anything via snail mail). The letter will contain the exact start and stop times of the course, directions to the course site and all other pertinent travel and lodging information. Although we try and negotiate group discounts, arrange shuttles, or at least find hotels to reccommend for all our courses, please understand that this is not always possible. In the case that we are unable to make a hotel suggestion, we recommend using hotels.com or a similar site. We are always happy to help you to the best of our ability
It is up to participants to coordinate their own travel and lodging arrangements. For each coures, the Institue recommends one or several nearby hotels. When available we also negotiate group discounts at hotels and complimentary shuttle service from the hotel to the course. This information will be laid out in detail in your confirmation letter.
If a course no longer has any open seats, the course's SOLD OUT status will be clearly displayed on the continuing education courses page. If there is no mention of a course being full, then the course is still open and seats are available.
Yes. It is not uncommon for participants to cancel their registrations due to sudden illness, family emergency, or other unseen life events. We are happy to keep your name on the wait list if the course is full, in the hopes that a space may become available.
Registrations are first come, first served. There are three methods for registering for a H&W course:
1. The fastest and easiest way to complete the process is to register and pay online. We accept Visa, Mastercard and Discover. All course-event pages have a big yellow Register button. Click this to begin your registration process and fill in your information.
2. Registrants may also call us at (646) 355-8777 and complete the registration process over the phone. Our offices are open Mon-Fri from 9 AM to 5 PM PST.
3. Registrants may also pay by check via mail. In order to register in this manner, registrants MUST contact us (via phone, email, or web submission form) and request an invoice for the course that they wish to attend. On the course-event page, under the Register button, there is a button to "Request Invoice for this Course". You MUST receive an invoice from us with a confirmation number on it in order to be ensured a seat in the course.
Checks sent to us without a corresponding invoice will be automatically deposited, but this deposit does NOT guarantee a registrant's seat in a course. For complete details on paying and registering, see our terms and conditions of attendance.
Checks for open invoices may be sent to the Institute should be addressed to:
Herman & Wallace
113 Cherry St #71393
Seattle, WA 98104
We accept mailed checks to pay for registrations for which the registrant has received an invoice. In order to register via mailed check, registrants MUST contact us (via phone, email, or web submission form) and request an invoice for the course that they wish to attend. On the course-event page, under the Register button, there is a button to "Request Invoice for this Course". You MUST receive an invoice from us with a confirmation number on it in order to be ensured a seat in the course.
Checks sent to us without a corresponding invoice will be automatically deposited, but this deposit does NOT guarantee a registrant's seat in a course. For complete details on paying and registering, see our terms and conditions of attendance.
Checks for open invoices may be sent to the Institute should be addressed to:
Herman & Wallace
113 Cherry St #71393
Seattle, WA 98104
We extend a 10% discount off the registration for each course to students enrolled in a PT program at an accredited institution. This discount applies only to non-licensed students who are working towards their PT license at the time of registration. This discount does not extend to doctoral students or other already-licensed PTs seeking additional degrees.
To get this discount when checking out online, use the code 2020Student. (Note, this code is only valid for non-licensed students. The H&W admin team will verify that registrants signed up with this code are, indeed, current students prior to their attendance of the course).
For more information, visit our discounts page.
For three or more courses, we can offer 10% off the regular price of registration. However, this discount only applies to those that wish to pay for three or more courses at once. Registration and payment must be received at the same time in one check or one envelope with multiple checks.
If you would like to register for multiple courses for a discount, please contact us so that we may send you an invoice and detailed price breakdown.
For more information on this discount or other discounts that we offer, visit our discounts page.
First off, thanks for completing our survey! We were thrilled to see over 400 people respond. This data is crucial for our creation of our PTPC exam and we so appreciate your input!
If you would like to use your $50 discount for a product or course registration, please Contact Us and we'll take care of you.
You can also visit our discounts page for more information on the discounts we offer.
We offer a 10% discount for three or more participants that register as a group. For six or more participants, Contact Us in order to be invoiced properly. We will ONLY extend this discount to registrations that are received at the same time. Select "Register as a Group" when completing your online registration. It is not possible to receive this discount if registrants send in their forms or online registrations at different times.
For more information on this discount and the other discounts that we offer, visit our discounts page.
Unfortunately not. Your credit from course B will remain on your account, and will remain valid until it's expiration date according to our terms and conditions of attendance, but we cannot refund you the amount of your credit "as if" you had applied it toward your registration fee for course A. Our cancelation and transfer policies are some of the most lenient in the industry, and it takes significant registrant service resources to keep all of our cancelations and credits organized across the thousands of registrations we process each year. Offering refunds in this manner would negatively impact the quality and value of service we are presently able to provide.
If you have a credit with us, and you'd like to apply it towards a registration in an upcoming course, contact us prior to registering so we can create an customized invoice for the proper amount.
If you registered for the course less than 60 days ago AND the course is more than 30 days away, you can cancel your registration and receive a refund, less a $75 administrative fee, OR you can cancel your registration and transfer to another course at no financial penalty.
If you registered more than 60 days ago, OR the course is less than 30 days away, you are no longer eligible for a refund, but you can still transfer to another course or convert your registration fees to future-course credit at no financial penalty.
For detailed information on the cancelation and refund policy, see the relevant section of our terms and conditions of attendance.
Important information about participation, cancellations, refunds, transfers, continuing education relicensure requirements, and eligible attendees can be found here in our terms and condition of attendance.
When you arrive at the course location (you can find the information on how to find the room in the Location/Lodging tab on the Course-Event page where you completed your registration and downloaded the prereadings), there will be a table to check in. Please sign the Sign In sheet, and grab a manual and a name tag. A representative at H&W will be checking the Sign In sheet against the roster to make sure everyone is there so they can alert the admin team if anyone is missing. Please be sure to sign in!
We invite you to include your name as well as your preferred gender pronouns on your name tag.
Why Include Gender Pronouns on My Name Tag?
At H&W courses, we strive to provide an inclusive and supportive learning environment to all participants. We invite participants to list the gender pronouns by which they prefer to be addressed on their name tags.
Often, people make assumptions about someone's gender based on that person’s appearance or name. These assumptions aren’t always correct. Additionally, the act of making an assumption sends the message that people have to look a certain way to demonstrate their gender. Using someone’s correct personal pronouns is a way to respect them and create an inclusive environment, just as using a person’s name can be a way to respect them. We invite you to help foster an environment of mutual respect by listing your pronoun on your name tag and observing the preferred pronouns of others.
Many H&W courses, including the Pelvic Floor Series, include hands-on lab work in which participants will be trained to perform pelvic floor muscle examinations. After an introduction to pelvic floor anatomy, the rationale, indications and contraindications of internal examination will be reviewed. Pelvic floor lab work includes external genitalia identification, palpation externally of pelvic floor muscles and surface anatomy, digital vaginal or rectal palpation of the pelvic floor muscles and pelvic floor muscle testing/pelvic prolapse evaluations.
Labs will take place in a large open room with an instructor to participant ratio of 1:10. During lab time, participants will be asked to work in pairs, taking turns acting as both "models" and evaluators. No one participant will be required to partner with any other one participant during labs. Privacy screens are not a part of lab room set up, and sheets are provided for privacy draping. Instructors and lab technicians will make their way around the room to offer guidance and answer any questions.
H&W welcomes all professionals who are appropriately licensed at our courses. Being born with a vagina is not a prerequisite for attending or participating fully in our courses which cover internal vaginal exam, nor is being born with male genitalia a prerequisite for attending a course which covers examination of those with male anatomy. H&W also recognizes and affirms trans and non-binary participants and strives to foster an inclusive environment which welcomes all appropriately licensed professionals.
Participants who are pregnant, have medical considerations or for any other reason choose not to participate in labs as a model are able to act as an observer in group of three participants. Those who opt out may not have the opportunity to complete all the lab activities, though they will be able to observe. (The lab time is allocated for groups of two so there may be little time for a third in the group to learn all the techniques instructed.)
Check the Location/Lodging tab of the course page.
This tab contains information on:
No. Unlike some continuing education seminars, there is no additional charge to participants for the course manual. A printed manual in a 3-ring binder is included in the cost of registration.
Participants are encouarged to wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes to our courses. For courses with internal lab work, a flowy skirt for women is recommended.
H&W welcomes all who are appropriately licensed to attend our courses. A model is not required in order to attend a H&W course or participate in lab time.
For those participants who are pregnant or have medical concerns regarding participating in internal labs, it is an option to bring a person to act as a model at the course. Models may only be present during lab time. If this is not an option, participants will have the option to work in groups of three during lab time.
In the past, some registrants have inquired as to whether they may bring patients to act as models, particularly in the Male PF course. This practice, however, is not permissible. The liability insurance held by our instructors for these courses licenses them to teach, not treat during course times. It is, therefore, an uninsured liability to have patients act as models during course labs.
Additionally, if a therapist wishes to act as a model and wishes to be present in the course during non-lab times, the therapist must be a paying, registered participant.
At this time, we do not have male models during labs in this course. In previous classes we have been fortunate to have male participants who have been gracious models, though this is at the discretion of the male participant and is by no means a certainty. The course also includes video footage of assessment and treatment of the male patient. Female participants to this course are welcome to bring a partner or other male during lab times if they are interested - provided that this individual is not a patient.
There are two ways to host a Herman & Wallace course at your facility.
The first is doing a public course. Public courses are usually held at sites that can accommodate around 30-40 participants. For a public course, the Institute handles all marketing and promotion of the event, collects all registrations and monies, and take care of things like shipping all supplies to the facility, making sure the manual and paperwork are made and delivered to the site, etc. and your site provides the space. Onsite, there is a host contact person, who job it is to set up the room, accept shipments of supplies, buy groceries (which the Institute reimburses for) etc.
The second option is to do a private course - for those sites that wish to host a smaller event exclusively for in-house therapists. For private events, the Institute does not market the course or put registrations on our website, and the site pays a flat fee to the Institute. The rate for private courses varies based on a number of factors, and we are happy to provide you with a quote for private events at your site.
Those interested in hosting private or public events should Contact Us through the Host a Course page.
We typically plan our schedule for next year in the spring and summer of the previous year. Meaning, if you would like to host a public event in a given year, it is best to contact us in the year prior (for the difference between public and private events, please see "What are my options for hosting a course?").
For private events, we have much more flexibility and are able to accommodate more last-minute requests.
We offer free spots to therapists on site in exchange for hosting a public course. (For the difference between public and private courses, see "What are my options for hosting a course?".) Opportunities to lab assist are also available to more experienced therapists at host sites, as a group discounts for additional participants from onsite.
There are two ways to host a course. The first is hosting a public course. Public courses are usually held at sites that can accommodate about 40 participants. For a public course, the Institute would handle all marketing and promotion of the event, collect all registrations and monies, and pay the costs for food, manuals, biofeedback and disposable equipment, instructor travel and payments, etc.
There is no charge from the Institute for hosting a public course. Likewise, the Institute does not pay for the room rental at hosting sites - as our hosts are those with a vested interest in educating their on site staff so they "trade" the space for comped spots (one free spot for a course with 12 or more paying participants, two free spots for courses with more than 20). Typically, we offer these comped spots in lieu of paying a fee to use the facility, which makes it a win-win for the locations with on-site staff they wish to train.
The second option is to do a private course - for those sites that wish to host a smaller event exclusively for in house therapists. For private events, the Institute does not market the course or put registrations on our website, and the site pays a flat fee to the Institute.
If you would like to host a Herman & Wallace course at your site, please fill out this form and email to the address on the form.
For our records, we strongly preferred emailed documents over mail or fax (it's also more GREEN!)
Credit earned by serving as a lab technician at a Herman & Wallace course is valid for 2 years from the date it was earned. The date the credit was earned is day after the final date of the course at which the person served as a lab technician.
If a lab technician wishes to use this credit to register for a future course, that future course must have a start date within 2 years of the date that the lab technician credit was earned. If a lab technician wishes to use this credit for downloadable products or job board posts, those purchases must be made within 2 years of earning the credit. If a technician wishes to use this credit for a PRPC application fee or exam administration fee, the lab technician must submit this PRPC application within 2 years of having earned the credit.
We are always looking for experienced therapists to assist our primary instructors at our courses, which is a great opportunity to earn CEUs, course credit, and knowledge and skills. Acting as a lab tech is also an excellent way for those interested in teaching someday to gain experience.
If you would like to assist at one of our courses, please complete this form and email it along with a recent copy of your CV to the Institute admin using the address on the form. We do not accept inquiries via snail mail or fax.
Yes! Acting as a lab technician is one component of the requirements to join the H&W faculty. In order to apply to join the faculty, the applicant must have acted as a lab tech at a minimum of two courses per year for the last two years. H&W will check our records to verify the applicant received majority positive eval scores from participants and favorable reviews from instructing faculty.In addition, applicant’s CV must demonstrate that the applicant possess:
Herman & Wallace partners with Medbridge Education to host our online course content. You can either pay for each individual course or take out an annual subscription to Medbridge's entire course library! If you are interested in an annual subscription, Contact Us about possible discounts.
To learn more about how Medbridge Online Courses work, click here.
After you purchase an online course, you will be able to access it for one year.
Our partner in producing online courses, Medbridge, strives to gain approval for courses in all states.
To check the status of approval for a specific course, please preview the course of interest in the course list. Once you have selected the course to view more details, you will find a “State Approval” map at the bottom of the page. You may then view a list of approved states and download the approval statements for that particular course.
Approvals vary by course, but all courses are currently accepted or are pending approval in the following states:
Alaska (AK), Arizona (AZ), California (CA), Colorado (CO), Connecticut (CT), District of Columbia (DC), Delaware (DE), Georgia (GA), Hawaii (HI), Idaho (ID), Indiana (IN), Iowa (IA), Maine (ME), Massachusetts (MA), Michigan (MI), Missouri (MO), Mississippi (MS), Montana (MT), North Carolina (NC), North Dakota (ND), Nebraska (NE), New Hampshire (NH), Oklahoma (OK), Oregon (OR), Pennsylvania (PA), Rhode Island (RI), South Carolina (SC), South Dakota (SD), Utah (UT), Vermont (VT), Washington (WA), Wisconsin (WI), Wyoming (WY), Virginia (VA)
State approval information for each online course is displayed on course page on Medbridge's website.
You will receive your certificate upon the completion of your course. Once you complete the full course, you will be requested to fill out a short feedback form. You will then be able to download and save or print your certificate.
No, you may take the course at your own pace. The modular format allows you to easily watch a 30 minute video and complete a module, so you can easily watch a module when you have a spare minute, such as on your lunch break. When you pause your course, our system will save where you left off. You may continue the course from that point the next time you login.
No, you do not need to be online at a particular time to watch your online course. When you purchase a course, it will be available in your account for 90 days. You may login to the website at any time to take the course.
You can request that Herman & Wallace submit such an application by contacting us.
If Herman & Wallace elects to not subimt such an application, you can apply directly to your state licensing entity individually, and Herman & Wallace will reimburse you for the expense of doing so, according to the details set out in our Terms and Conditions of Attendance.
If Herman & Wallace had a policy of submitting an application for every course to the licensing entity of every registrant in each course, we would have to significantly scale back the number of courses that we can sponsor and the level of service that we can provide our registrants. We sponsor over 150 events per year, many of which are attended by over 35 registrants. Guaranteeing that Herman & Wallace will submit an application to have all courses approved by the licensing entity of every registrant in a given course would take too many resources away from other aspects of providing service and value to our registrants.
Some states require applications be submitted 21 or 30 days before the start of a course in order to be considered. So if a registrant from a state with such a requirement registered for a course less than 21 days before the start of the course, there is no way we could stand behind a guarantee that we could submit an application to that state's licensing entity and that application would be approved in time.
Furthermore, we have learned that many of our registrant attend 300%-400% of the minimum number of hours continuing education required by their state. Many of these registrant do not care if we apply to have a course approved. If we had a policy of submitting an application to have all courses approved by the licensing entity of every registrant in a given course, and someone who was already completed the minimum number of hours required by their state registered for this course, and this person was the only registrant from their state in this course, then Herman & Wallace would be bound to submit an application that no one requested or valued. Such applications would represent an increase in the cost of course sponsorship, which will ultimately increase the price of all services and products that we offer, which is against the best interest of our registrants.
We have a very comprehensive policy of when we will submit an application to have a course approved, AND if we are not applying to have a course approved that you are attending, we will almost always reimburse yor for the cost of applying individually. See our terms and conditions related to continuing education approval for exact details on this matter.
There are a couple of reasons that we do not guarantee that we will submit such an application upon request:
1. Often potential registrants will tell us that they will not register for a course unless we submit an application to their state licensing entity. We go through the effort to submit such an application, and then the potential registrant who made the request that we submit an application ends up not attending the course in question. If no other registrants from this person's state are attending the course, then Herman & Wallace has just spent a good deal of time and resources on an application that no one cares about. Wasting such time and resources drives up the cost of other products and services, which ultimately punishes our registrants.
2. Most states that have a process wherein individual licensees can apply to have a course approved by the state licensing entity charge individual licensees significantly less than they charge course sponsors to submit an application. When there are only one or two registrants from a given state attending a given course, it makes financial sense for the licensee to apply on individually and then for Herman & Wallace to reimburse the licesee for the cost of the application. If Herman & Wallace had a policy of guaranteeing that we would submit an application for a given course to the licensing entity of every registrant in that given course, our costs of sponsoring each event would dramatically increase. Such increased costs will ultimately increase the price of all services and products that we offer, which is against the best interest of our registrants.
Herman & Wallace will send you any and all information that you require to submit such an application. Please send requests at least 7 business days before your plan to submit your application. Herman & Wallace will send you this information in a timely manner, so that you can submit this application before any deadlines imposed upon you.
Contact Us to request any such information.
According to Herman & Wallace Terms and Conditions of Attendance, "It is the responsibility of each registrant to know the laws and regulations of the state in which they are licensed." Herman & Wallace is not responsible for informing you about the laws and deadlines related to continuing education course approval in your state. As detailed in the Terms and Conditions of Attendance, you can either requiest to have such courses approved, or you can submit an individual application for which Herman & Wallace will reimburse you.
If you attended a Herman & Wallace course outside of the state in which you are licensed to practice, and this course was not approved by your state licensing entity, and the deadline has passed for you to submit an application for approval, it is unlikely that your state licensing entity will count the time that you spent in this given Herman & Wallace course toward your continuing education re-licensure requirements. Most states have a process wherein you can request a waiver from the continuing education requirement for re-licensure, but the instances in which a licensing entity will grant such a waiver vary greatly from state to state.
To avoid this situation, familiarize yourself with the laws of the state in which you practice, and be sure to meet all deadlines set forth in such laws.
No. The PRPC is an indication of your skills as a pelvic therapy specialist, not a certificate of course completion. Those therapists who are qualified to sit for the exam and pass it will be awarded PRPC.
That being said, Herman & Wallace does offer many courses and resources that can help you to prepare for the certification exam. When planning one's continuing education for the year, it would be wise to take into account which courses cover the topics most pertinent to the exam. We are more than happy to provide guidance as to which courses will best prepare you based on your previous experience/courswork.
If you want to sit for the PRPC examination and aren’t a resident of the United States, you are still encouraged to apply. International applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. There are Kryterion testing centers in most countries around the world.
In order to take the Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification exam, candidates must meet the following requirements:
b. Must be licensed as a Physical Therapist (PT), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), Physician (MD), Registered Nurse (RN), Occupational Therapist (OT), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), Doctor of Chiropractic medicine (DC), Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), or Physician’s Assistant (PA-C) with an active state-board license to practice. If an individual wishes to sit for the exam who does not have one of these licenses, they can apply to sit for the exam and eligibility will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
In order to earn PRPC, an applicant must:
H&W complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and will work with its testing partners to provide reasonable accommodations for those who have disabilities and request accommodations. Requests for examination accommodations must be made in writing.
To be eligible to sit for the exam, all applicants must have completed 2000 hours of direct pelvic patient care in the past 8 years, 500 of which must have been completed in the last 2 years. Patient care hours can only be earned by a licensed clinician, and hours spent with patients prior to licensure do not satisfy this requirement.
Definition of Pelvic Patient Care
For purposes of this application, pelvic patient care includes hours spent on direct patient care related to conditions of pelvic pain, pelvic girdle dysfunction, conditions of bowel, bladder, and sexual dysfunction that relate, in whole or in part, to the health and function of pelvic structures and the pelvic floor. Other conditions that qualify as direct pelvic patient care may include dysfunctions of the abdomen, thoracolumbar spine, or the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex. These hours can include care for pediatric, adolescent, adult, and aged patients of any gender.
Definition of Direct Patient Care
There is no comprehensive list of activities that encompass direct patient care. A general guideline is that direct patient care includes any time spent by a clinician that has a direct influence on the care of a specific individual patient. This time may be paid, or provided at no cost. While time spent on the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, or intervention of an individual absolutely qualifies as direct patient care, there are other activities that applicants may apply toward this requirement. Applicants who have a question about whether or not a certain activity qualifies as direct patient care should contact H&W for a clarification.
All clinicians holding a license as a: Physical Therapist (PT), Physician (MD), Registered Nurse (RN), Occupational Therapist (OT), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), or Physician’s Assistant (PA-C) are automatically approved to apply for PRPC. If an individual wishes to sit for the exam who does not hold one of the above licenses, they may request permission to apply to sit for the exam, and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
If an applicant submits an application and application review fee, and decides to no longer pursue certification, they may convert their application review fee toward credit to be used towards a future H&W continuing education course. This credit is valid for 36 months from the date that H&W receives the application review fee. Should the applicant fail to use their credit toward a H&W course within 36 months, H&W will absorb the credit, no refund will be offered, and the applicant may no longer apply said credit toward a continuing education course.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all forms are completed according to instructions. Mailed-in application forms must be typewritten (printed from a computer). Hand-written applications will not be considered. In addition, it is imperative that the applicants enter their name on the application exactly as it appears on BOTH forms of identification the applicant intends to present at the testing center.
Applicants wishing to send in a physical application should mail the completed application forms, applicable review fee, and hard copy application processing fee described in Section 3.5 below in a single mailing to:
Herman & Wallace
PRPC Review Board
113 Cherry St. # 71393
Seattle, WA 98104
The PRPC application contains a worksheet that applicants must fill out to report their hours of direct pelvic patient care. No additional documentation is required beyond this worksheet upon submission of an application.
However, Herman & Wallace will conduct randomized audits of applicant worksheets. Applicants who's applications are audited must provide additional documentation of their hours of direct pelvic patient care. For more details on the PRPC audit procedure, see section 3.2 of the information booklet.
The PRPC examination was developed by psychometrically-valid, legally-defensible processes. This includes the creation of a Job Task Analysis survey by a group of Subject Matter Experts, administering the survey to a large sample of practicing therapists in the field, psychometric analysis of the data to create a test blueprint based upon the knowledge and skills determined by the survey, item writing, beta testing of items and then administration of the exam. For this process, H&W worked with Kryterion, a psychometric certification development company, to ensure the highest standards of credentialing were being met.
It is a common misconception that board certifications created by the ABPTS (OCS, WCS, etc) are "approved" or "validated" by the American Physical Therapy Association. This is not the case. The specialization certifications developed by the ABPTS were developed by the same psychometrically-valid and legally-defensible methods for establishing the minimally-competent practitioner that Herman & Wallace used for the PRPC exam. The APTA is not a credentialing body; it does not validate, create nor approve certification exams.
There are a number of bodies which do accredit certifications, however, including The Institute for Credentialing Excellence (http://www.credentialingexcellence.org/). PRPC, and other exams created using the steps described above, would be eligible for accreditation through this body, based on the rigorous psychometric standards applied when creating the exam, as would other certifications created via this long and detailed method.
The validity of the board certifications offered by the ABPTS derives from the psychometric process by which the exams were created, as does the validity of PRPC.
We accept PRPC applications year-round, and as those applications come in, applicants who express interest in joining a study group will be placed in a group with others who have applied around the same time in order to best coordinate study plans.
If you prefer to begin reviewing early, we encourage you to apply early in order to be placed in a group!
If after submitting an examination fee an applicant wishes, for any reason, not to sit for the exam administration for which they've been approved, the applicant may request a refund of their examination fee by both:
A. Contacting H&W via email or web form submission. In order for H&W to honor such a request, the request must be received more than 72 business hours from the applicant’s scheduled exam appointment date and time, AND
B. Calling Kryterion HOST Location Test Taker Scheduling Support at 1-800-403-6199 or 1-602-659-4708. The call must be made more than 72 business hours from the applicant’s scheduled exam appointment date and time
If the applicant has yet to schedule a testing date, the request for cancellation must be received within 10 days of the final day of the testing window
Upon receipt of email or web form submission notification to cancel an examination administration, and so long as that notification is received by the aforementioned deadlines, the applicant may select one of the following options:
1. To receive a refund for 85% of the exam fee,
2. Convert 100% of their examination fee (no financial penalty to the applicant) to credit for H&W continuing education courses or downloadable products. This credit is valid for 36 months from the date that H&W receives the examination fee. Should the applicant fail to use their credit toward a H&W course within 36 months, H&W will absorb the credit, no refund will be offered, and the applicant may no longer apply the credit toward a continuing education course, OR
3. As long as the applicant has not already delayed exam administration according to the terms of section 3.7, the applicant may elect to delay sitting for the exam and wait until the next exam administration. In this case, H&W will hold their exam fee and apply it toward exam administration in the following year. If the applicant has yet to attend a H&W continuing education course, the applicant may elect to convert a fraction of their exam fee into credit for a H&W continuing education course and the balance toward the “having attended one or more H&W continuing education courses” exam fee for the next testing window. Should the sum of the price of the continuing education course(s) the applicants attends and the exam fee debited against the applicants balance be less than the exam fee originally paid by the applicant, the difference of the sum of “the price of the continuing education course(s) and the exam fee” and the original exam fee paid by the applicant shall be converted to credit be be used toward future H&W continuing education courses and/or downloadable products.
The passing score for the certification exam will not be released to the public. Final scores will also not be sent to practitioners who complete the exam. A passing scores means that the practitioner has met the standard to be recognized as a Certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner, and the total scores are not released so as to avoid any one individual being "more qualified" than others. Percentage scores will be sent out that break down how test takers perform in each "knowledge domain".
The PRPC examination will be offered at all Kryterion Testing Host locations.
You can find the nearest Kryterion testing center to you by visiting this URL: http://kryteriononline.com/host_locations/.
Test takers are able to flag questions for review and go back to them during their exam session. The proctor is supposed to give them 3 pieces of paper and 2 pencils for use during the exam (they will be collected at the end of the exam). The test takers are also allowed to bring a battery operated calculator into the exam session (but nothing else).
If an applicant sits for the exam and does not receive a passing score, the applicant must submit an application for re-examination to be eligible to sit for the next scheduled exam administration. Applications for re-examination are only eligible for the exam administration immediately following the exam administration in which the applicant did not receive a passing score. Applicants who did not receive a passing score, and did not submit an application for re-examination, may re-apply to sit for future examination administrations but they must submit a new application and application review fee, just as any normal application must.
The certification exam is offered twice per year. The test will be available May 1-15 and November 1-15.
The PRPC exam will cover Knowledge and Skills related to evaluating and treating pelvic floor dysfunction in men and women throughout the life cycle. The exam is multiple-choice, and each question will have four possible answers (A,B,C, or D) with only one option being the correct answer. There is no written portion of the exam.
The test blue print breaks down accordingly (the % is the percentage of questions on the exam which will focus on this knowledge domain)
Anatomy - 15%
Physiology - 20%
Pathophysiology - 20%
Pharmacology - 5%
Medical Interventions and Test - 5%
Tests and Measures - 5%
Interventions - 20%
Professional and Legal Requirements - 5%
Across all topic areas listed above, 25-30% of the exam items will require the applicant to read a hypothetical patient case scenario and answer questions based on their analysis of the case scenario.
H&W does not presently offer a PRPC preparatory course. There are no continuing education courses that applicants must attend in order to apply for PRPC, such a requirement would be a violation of psychometric best practices.
Those applicants who indicate on their application that they are interested in joining a study group will be put in touch with other applicants who have expressed a similar interest so that they may form a study group.
Once an applicant is approved to sit for the exam, H&W will send them a copy of the results of the Job Task Analysis, as well as a copy of the test blueprint which contains a detailed list of knowledge and skill statements. All of the questions on the examination must measure one or more of the knowledge and skills in the test blueprint document.
Once an applicant is approved to sit for the exam and H&W has received the applicant's examination fee, H&W will send the applicant a voucher number via email. Applicants must have this voucher number before contacting a Kryterion Host Locations to schedule a testing appointment. Appointments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, applicants should schedule an appointment as soon as possible after receiving a voucher number. Delays in scheduling may result in an applicant not being able to make an appointment at a preferred test site or preferred test date. Applicants should report any problems in scheduling a testing appointment to Kryterion as soon as possible.
Kryterion Host Locations can be located by checking this link: http://www.kryteriononline.com/Locate-Test-Center
PRPC examinations are administered by computerized testing. The examination questions are presented on computers and applicants provide their responses using a mouse or keyboard. Approved applicants should contact Kryterion as soon as possible once they have their voucher code to schedule a testing appointment. Applicants may take the test on any day that it is offered during the testing window, provided that there is space at the Kryterion test center of choice.
Applicants will have 240 minutes to complete the certification exam. Applicants may take short restroom breaks while sitting for the exam, however the 240 minute time limit will not stop during such breaks. Applicants will not be allowed to access any cell phones, computers, tablets, books, or any personal items during such restroom breaks.
Test Center Administrators are required to report any irregular behavior by an applicant during the examination. Evidence of unethical behavior, cheating or subversion of the exam will result in the applicant being deemed ineligible for certification and his/her fees will not be refunded.
Passing applicants may begin using the credential designation after their name on business cards, email signatures, and professional correspondence. Passing applicants will also receive an official certificate identifying them as a Certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner.
Applicants raw exam scores are not reported on the score reports to prevent misuse of the scores.
Those who apply to sit for the exam and whose applications are accepted will be sent the following study materials:
Both the PRPC and the specialization exam are forms of professional certifications. The Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC) specifically identifies the bearer as a specialist in the pelvic health field, and it covers both women’s and men’s pelvic health throughout the life cycle. The WCS (Women’s Health Clinical Specialist) certification indicates a specialty in treatment only for women, and it covers women’s health more generally.
You do not have to choose one over the other as they are two different distinctions (PRPC was developed and offered by H&W, the WCS was developed by the ABPTS). You can be both PRPC and specialized in women’s health just like you can be a Certified Manual Therapist (MTC) and an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS).
The PRPC Certification is valid for 10 years, and all licensed therapists who wish to renew their certification will need to re-take the examination ten years after they are first certified.
Both the PRPC and the specialization exam are forms of professional certifications. You do not have to choose one over the other as they are two different distinctions (PRPC is developed and offered by H&W, the WCS was developed by the ABPTS). The PRPC is a certification of practical and didactic expertise pertaining to pelvic floor dysfunction. The specialization exam is a didactic exam that encompasses all aspects of women’s health physical therapy. You can be both PRPC and specialized in women’s health just like you can be a Certified Manual Therapist (MTC) and an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS).
Certifications offered by the APTA are only available to Physical Therapists, whereas Heramn & Wallace's PRPC certification will be available to the professionals qualified to take courses through the Institute.
For a full breakdown on the differences between PRPC and Specializations available from ABPTS, please see this comparison chart.
There is an important difference between a certificate and a certification or credential. Certificates are not held to the objective standards required of other types of credentialing. Credentialing is the umbrella term that includes the concepts of accreditation, licensure, registration and professional certification.
A Certificate of Attendance is issued after an individual attends or participates in a particular continuing education course. No knowledge is assessed and the recipient is not required to demonstrate competence according to professional standards.
A Knowledge-Based Certificate recognizes a relatively narrow scope of specialized knowledge used in performing tasks required by the profession. It is issued after the individual passes an assessment instrument.
Professional Certification is the voluntary process by which a non-governmental entity grants a time-limited recognition to an individual after verifying that he or she has met predetermined and standardized criteria. It is the vehicle a profession uses to differentiate among its members. The holder is called a certificant. Herman & Wallace's Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification falls into this category of credential.
Specialization is a term related to the professional certifications offered by the ABPTS.
*Adapted from the "NOCA Guide to Understanding Credentialing Concepts"
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