Background & History
This document is based on survey research conducted by a task force of the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (APTA Pelvic Health). This survey was provided to all United States academic physical therapy programs and to all members of the Academy in 2012. This document is an attempt to assist United States physical therapy programs with what women´s health content should be included in professional (i.e., entry-level) programs of study for the physical therapist student. This document is a guideline only; it does not carry any regulatory weight and is not an official publication of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), nor the American Physical Therapy Association.
The Academy is providing this guideline to all accredited physical therapist programs in the United States to assist in curricular planning and implementation in the area of women’s health. This is an updated version of the ‘Guidelines for Women’s Health Content in Professional Physical Therapist Education’, first published in 2005.