Terms & Conditions

Course Registration and Course Participation

By registering and attending one or more of our courses, you (the Attendee) attest that you understand and agree to the terms outlined in the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (“Academy”) Terms & Conditions listed below.

  1. I fully understand and agree to adhere to the Cancellation Policy (Read Cancellation Policy)
  2. I understand that the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy will not be held responsible financially or otherwise by my not adhering to the following attendance requirements.
  3. I understand that not following these requirements may result in loss of CEU credits, course registration costs and travel expenses.
  4. I understand I am expected to attend the entire course and should make my travel and hotel plans accordingly.
  5. I understand that missing portions of the course or the testing activities at the end of the course will result in reduced CEU credits and ineligibility for receiving the CAPP (if taking a CAPP-Pelvic or CAPP-OB course).
  6. I understand that the pre-reading for this course is required to be completed prior to this course, and not completing the pre-reading may result in my difficulty comprehending and absorbing materials presented at the course. I understand that it is my responsibility to check that I have access to all the course materials prior to the scheduled course and that I contact the Academy office for assistance if I experience trouble with login or accessing the course materials.
  7. I understand that if I am a lactating mother and need to pump during the course, that I will plan to do so during breaks and lunch so as to not decrease the credit hours. I will contact the Academy Office in advance to coordinate providing a space at the course site for me to pump.
  8. I understand that if I have any religious observances occurring while I am at the course, I will inform the Academy one month in advance so that any special circumstances can be taken into account if possible. While the Academy will make the best effort to accommodate me, I understand that missing portions of the course may reduce the number of CEU hours I receive and make me ineligible for the CAPP (if taking course for the CAPP).

Lab Participation

    1. IF I AM A MALE PARTICIPANT: I understand that due to the sensitive nature of these courses that I must provide a live female model to serve as my “patient” for labs for CAPP-Pelvic courses (PH1, PH2 BD, PH2 PP, PH3) and other courses that require internal exams (GVM). I understand that I can fully participate without a live female model in CAPP-OB courses (OBF, OBA, OBI, SIJ) and lecture-only courses. I understand that there are NOT any internal vaginal or rectal techniques taught or practiced at this course. However, there are external techniques taught for the pelvic floor and coccyx and I am required to participate in these labs. 
    2. I understand that if I am a female participant, I will be required to participate in course labs as a “patient” and as a “therapist” for all intravaginal (PH1, PH2, and PH3) and all intrarectal (PH2 and PH3) examinations.
    3. I understand that I must provide a live female model to stand in for me at PH1, PH2, PH3, GVM courses if I am not able or choose to not participate in the labs as “patient” (I must still participate as “therapist”).
    4. I understand I am responsible for securing my patient model. (Resources for locating models include medical schools, allied health schools, or universities near the course location. Or I may bring a friend or family member with me to serve as my model. One model may be shared by two participants.)
    5. I understand I will still be expected to participate in labs while I am on my menstrual cycle and will be provided a menstrual cup to hold back menstrual flow in order to allow participation in lab examinations.
    6. IF I AM A PREGNANT FEMALE PARTICIPANT: I understand that I cannot participate as a “patient” in labs for CAPP-Pelvic courses and the GVM course unless my physician provides written permission for my FULL participation after reading the course and lab outlines. If I do not have written physician permission, then I must provide a live female patient model to stand in for me. (Due to the repetition and extensive nature of these labs, the Academy recommends that pregnant participants provide a model to standing their place.)
    7. IF I have any of the following contraindications for participation in the labs, I understand I must provide a live female model to stand in for me:
      • 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

Eligibility

  1. IF TAKING PELVIC HEALTH PHYSICAL THERAPY LEVEL 1: If I am a Student Physical Therapist (SPT), I understand I may take this course and participate in CAPP testing if I am in my 2nd or final year of physical therapy school. I also understand I am eligible to take the Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 2 Bowel Dysfunction and Pelvic Pain courses but not eligible to proceed to the Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 3 course until I have graduated and have become a licensed Physical Therapist.
  2. IF TAKING PELVIC HEALTH PHYSICAL THERAPY LEVEL 2: I am a licensed Physical Therapist (PT), Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), or a Student Physical Therapist (SPT) in my 2nd or  last year of a DPT Program. I understand that Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 (PH1) is a required prerequisite to taking the Pelvic Health Physical Therapy level 2 course, and I attest that I have taken Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 prior to attending the Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 2 (PH2) course. I understand that the Academy strongly recommends and desires that I have 6 months or greater of consistent experience in managing patients with pelvic floor dysfunction prior to attending this course. I understand that personal experience will enhance my course experience, my participation abilities, and my absorption and integration of progressive skills and knowledge. If I have taken a PH1 course through another educational institution and I choose to test out of PH1 in order to take PH2, then I understand that I am NOT eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic), as the CAPP certificate is specific to the didactic and skills testing offered in Academy courses. (I will become eligible if I take PH1 or PH1 Bridge Course  through the Academy in the future and complete all other requirements).
  3. IF TAKING PELVIC HEALTH PHYSICAL THERAPY LEVEL 3: I understand that Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1 and Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 2 courses are required prerequisites to taking this course, and I attest that I have completed these prerequisite courses prior to attending the Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 3 course. If I am a Student Physical Therapist (SPT), I understand I am NOT eligible to register for this course. If I am an SPT, I may attend this course after graduating and becoming a licensed Physical Therapist (PT) or Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). If I am a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), I understand that I am allowed to take Pelvic Health Physical Therapy Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 courses but I am NOT eligible to complete the the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic). I understand that the Academy strongly recommends and desires that I have 1 year or greater of consistent experience in managing patients with pelvic floor dysfunction prior to attending this course. I understand that personal experience will enhance my course experience, my participation abilities, and my absorption and integration of progressive skills and knowledge.
  4. IF TAKING FUNDAMENTAL TOPICS OF PREGNANCY & POSTPARTUM PHYSICAL THERAPY (OBF): If I am a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), I understand I may take this course but that I am NOT eligible to participate in the CAPP testing process and receive the CAPP designation. I also understand that I can take the CAPP-OB courses in any order (OBF, OBA, OBI). If I am a Student Physical Therapist (SPT), I understand I may take this course and participate in CAPP testing if I am in my 2nd or FINAL year of physical therapy school. I also understand that I am NOT able to attend OB-Advanced until I have graduated and ama licensed physical therapist. If I am a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), I understand I may take this course but that I am NOT eligible to participate in the CAPP testing process and receive the CAPP designation. If I am a Student Physical Therapist (SPT), I understand I may take this course and participate in CAPP testing if I am in my 2nd or final year of physical therapy school. I also understand that I am NOT eligible for the CAPP-OB certificate case reflection step until I have graduated and am a  licensed Physical Therapist.
  5. IF TAKING ADVANCED TOPICS OF PREGNANCY & POSTPARTUM PHYSICAL THERAPY (OBA):
    I understand that the Academy strongly recommends and desires that I have 6 months or greater of consistent experience in managing patients who are pregnant or postpartum prior to attending this course. I understand that personal experience will enhance my course experience, my participation abilities, and my absorption and integration of progressive skills and knowledge.

Consent & Release

  1. I understand the procedure, indication, contraindications, precautions and consideration for these tests, measures, and interventions will be discussed during the Academy course (“Course”). I am voluntarily participating in this Course and I understand that if I have any questions with regard to demonstration procedures that may be performed on me during any portion of the Course, I will ask.
  2. I understand the risks associated with external and internal tests, measurements, and/or interventions that are part of the Course are of no greater risk than from a gynecologic examination and may include the following listed below. In addition, the risks of external procedures are listed below.
    A. Unexpected emotional reaction to manual therapy techniques
    B. Musculoskeletal soreness and joint soreness including the abdomen, buttock, legs, pelvic joints and coccyx
  3. I understand these tests, measurements, and/or interventions that may be part of the Course are being performed for the sole purpose of demonstration and practice by participants and are not intended to be diagnostic or therapeutic for me personally.
  4. I recognize the instructors and laboratory assistants who are assisting participants and/or performing the tests, measurements, and/or interventions are available for me to ask any questions I may have pertaining to Course participation.
  5. I understand I am free to withdraw my consent and discontinue my voluntary participation in the Course at any time.
  6. I hereby forever release, indemnify and hold harmless the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (Academy) and the APTA (“Associations”), and their officers, directors, members, employees, consultants, and agents, as well as the facility and staff where the course is being held, from any and all claims, demands, suits, costs, expenses, (including reasonable attorney fees) of whatever nature and description arising out of, related in any way, or in connection with the development, marketing, promotion, management, production, operation, quality, installation, security, safety, or service in connection with the Course.
  7. If I have have any relevant physical, emotional and medical conditions, limitations, or sensitivities that may impact my participation, I understand I must communicate with the Academy about them before registering for the course.
  8. I affirm I answer fully and accurately all questions about my health asked by the individuals conducting the Academy Course listed above, and that I have disclosed all information concerning my health that is relevant to my participation in the Course before registering.
  9. If I am pregnant or have had any recent surgical procedures, my physician has read the above Consent & Release terms and provided signed, written consent for my participation in the lab portions of this Course to the Academy office at hello@aptapelvichealth.org.
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