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The purposes of this Post-Professional Certificate are to (a) advance and validate the educational and clinical foundation of physical therapists choosing to practice primarily with women, (b) provide a means through formal higher education to address self-identified weaknesses in specialized knowledge and/or skills, and (c) assist prospective students to move from novice or intermediate practice in women’s health physical therapy toward expert and/or specialist practice. In addition, 4 of the 8 possible courses form the didactic component of the Baylor-TWU Women’s Health Physical Therapy Residency, an APTA credentialed residency program. 

Overview

Both novice and intermediate physical therapists working primarily with women and who are interested in lifelong learning can benefit from this certificate program, in which the student may choose any 12-credit-hours of coursework. This Certificate will allow physical therapists to earn a recognized academic certificate that can be applied as evidence of continued competence for renewal of licensure (CCU) (see www.tpta.org) and/or may be used toward future academic degrees such as a transitional DPT or a PhD.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Baylor-TWU Women’s Health Physical Therapy Residency must first

  • Contact Valerie L Bobb, PT, MPT, ATC - Director of the The Baylor-TWU WH residency program
  • Email: (vbobb@bir-rehab.com) or Phone Number: 214-820-1220

Applicants for the Certificate in Advanced Women’s Health Physical Therapy must:

  • Hold at least an earned bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional or general accrediting agency, or an equivalent degree from a foreign college or university. The bachelor’s degree must be substantially equivalent to a bachelor’s degree granted by TWU.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate study and a minimum 3.0 GPA for all prior graduate work.
  • Present an official transcript from each university or college attended with degree earned indicated on the transcript.
  • Hold a current license to practice physical therapy.

Standardized examinations such as the GRE are not required. However, the applicant has the option of submitting scores voluntarily.

Graduates from foreign universities should see International Admissions for more information.

Course Requirements

A Certificate from TWU School of Physical Therapy implies mastery of the knowledge and skills in the certificate area. Therefore, in addition to the Graduate School requirement that students who enroll in graduate courses must maintain a 3.0 GPA on all graduate-level courses taken at TWU, only one course where a C was earned will be applied toward the Certificate in Advanced Women’s Health Physical Therapy. Course selection is based on self-assessment of advanced clinical competencies in consultation with the Coordinator of Post Professional Studies, Dallas.

Course Descriptions & Tentative Schedule

Schedule of course rotation

*PT 6603 Female (Cadaver) Anatomy for Physical Therapist (taught every July on-site over 2 weekends, Friday-Sunday)

*PT 6603 Female (Cadaver) Anatomy for Physical Therapist (taught every July on-site over 2 weekends, Friday-Sunday)

*PT 6613 Women’s Health for Physical Therapists (on-line medical science course taught every Fall)

*PT 6623 PT Management of WH I (beginning pelvic floor & OB taught on-site over 2 weekends, Friday-Sunday, one month apart every September & October)

*PT 6633 PT Management of WH II (advanced OB & post partum taught on-line and the last Thursday, Friday, & Saturday every April; assistance provided for student application to sit for board certification exam in women’s health)

PT 6513 Topics in Evidence-Based Practice - WH Focus (taught on-line every Summer)

PT 6013 Supervised Teaching in PT - WH Focus (offered on request; may be on-line or on-site depending on student needs)

PT 6103 Advanced Practicum in Physical Therapy - WH Focus (offered on request; may be on-line or on-site depending on student needs)

PT 6913 Independent Study - WH Focus (offered on request; may be on-line or on-site depending on student needs)

 * Courses in common with the Baylor-TWU Women’s Health Physical Therapy Residency Program

Additional information about the Baylor-TWU Residency in Women’s Health Physical Therapist Practice

Women's Health residents complete 2 weeks of lymphedema training from Norton School held at TWU Dallas. Non-Women's Health residents may enroll in course.
Norton School complete decongestive therapy certification course:
9 days in length taught in June each year.  See http://www.nortonschool.com/cdtcourse.html for details.
To earn academic credit, students must concurrently enroll in  PT 6103.

ACCEPTABLE COURSE SEQUENCES:

July  (Summer 3 session):

        PT 6603 Female (Cadaver) Anatomy for Physical Therapist

August – December (Fall semesters):

        PT 6613 Women’s Health for Physical Therapists
        PT 6623 PT Management of WH I

January – May (Spring semesters):

        PT 6633 PT Management of WH II

U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Disclosure

Advanced Studies Women's Health Physical Therapy [pdf]

For more information, contact:

Mary Thompson (Dallas campus) at mthompson@twu.edu

page last updated 12/5/2014 12:12 PM