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Frequently Asked Questions

Registering and Paying for a Course
Choosing a Course that Fits
Pelvic Therapy Practitioner Certification Exam
Questions About PTPC Eligibility
Bringing a Model
Hosting a Course
Questions about HermanWallace.com

Online Courses
Questions about Discounts
Participation and Pre-Requisites
What to Expect the Day of the Course
Lab Assisting
Questions about our products
Continuing Education Requirements

Registering for a Course

There are no events scheduled for the course I want to take. When will this course will be available?

The course calendar for the upcoming year is finalized and posted on our website each September.  Sign up for our newsletter in order to receive our schedule announcements and updates.

 

What are the terms and conditions?

Important information and dates about cancellations, refunds, transfers, and eligible attendees can be found here in our terms and conditions.

 

How do I know how much a course costs?

Course prices are listed on several pages on our site. When you select "Continuing Education Courses" on the drop down menu on the lefthand side of the Home page, you will see a list of all of the available events, organized by course title. The current course price (reflecting any early bird discounts) will be listed right above the course registration link. Course prices are also listed on the course details page, along with schedule breakdown, objectives, pre-requisites and special considerations.

 

How may I pay for my course registration?

Registrations are first come, first served. The fastest and easiest way to register is online. We accept Visa and Mastercard.

Registrants may also pay by check via mail. Event-specific registration forms must accompany all checks. To obtain the registration form, please contact us to request the form for the particular course (date and location) of your choosing. We will repsond via email with a pdf of the registration form.

Checks and registration forms sent to the Institute should be addressed to:

Herman & Wallace
93 South Jackson St. #71393
Seattle, WA 98104

Please beware, because of the time delay of sending physical mail, courses close to capacity can sell out prior to our receiving your registration. As stated above, registrations are first come, first served, and the best way to ensure your place in a course is to register online.

 

I need to pay by check in mail, how do I do this?

If you prefer to pay by mailed check, we gladly accept registrations by mail.

To pay by check, please CONTACT US and we will send you a registration and invoice via email right away. If you have been invoiced, we will hold your seat in the course until we receive your payment.

PLEASE NOTE You are not guaranteed a seat until you receive an invoice from the Institute, whereupon we will save your seat as you process and mail the check. That means, if you submit a request to your employer to process a check, say, but do not contact us to get an invoice while the check is processed, the course could sell out and you will have missed your window for registration.

Any checks not accompanied by or associated with an invoice will be auto–deposited but are not a confirmation of registration. If the course is already full, monies can be refunded or put towards a future course.

 

What is the Institute's cancellation policy?

A participant may cancel their registration in a given course, and receive a refund (less a $75 administrative fee ), if he or she notifies Herman & Wallace of their desire to cancel their registration and receive a refund before whichever of the following days arrives first:

1. The 60th day following the original registration date

2. The 30th day preceding the start of the course

The $75 administrative cancellation fee applies with ABSOLUTELY NO exceptions. If a participants wishes to cancel two or more registrations in this manner, each subsequent cancellation after the first shall carry a $25 administration cancellation fee.

Credit Toward a Future Course

A participant may cancel their registration anytime before the start of a course and receive the full amount of their registration fee as credit toward a future Herman & Wallace course. This credit expires after two years from the date the participant notifies Herman & Wallace of their cancellation.

 

Will a course be cancelled by the Institute because of low enrollment?


We are happy to say that, from 2011 onwards, H&W has had a policy of never canceling courses due to low enrollment. We feel it is better business to put on a course with only six or nine people registered than to cancel on those six or nine customers.

 

Do we offer a discount for participants who register for multiple courses at once?

Yes. If you would like to register for multiple courses and pay for them in one payment, we will be more than happy to offer you a discount. 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 envelop with multiple checks.

Discounts are available for the following:

For three or more courses, we can offer 10% off the regular price of registration.

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.

 

I would like to save money on my hotel room by sharing a room with someone else in the course. How can I contact them?

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 .

 

When I will receive my confirmation after registering?

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.

 

Do I need to call the Institute to double-check a course's availability?

No

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.

 

How do I get information about hotel suggestions, driving directions, parking at the course, and other logistics?

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

 

Does my registration fee cover travel and lodging?

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.

 

How do I know if the course is full?

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.

 

Is there a waiting list for courses that are full?

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.

 

Choosing a Course that Fits

How do I determine which course I should take?

The best way to determine which course to take is to review the Course Overview and Objectives on each individual course page. Ask yourself what your treatment goals (in both the long and short term) are. What patient population are you targeting? Also review the prerequisites listed on the course page. The Visceral and Pelvic Floor courses are part of a series and it is not recommended that they be taken out of order (see above regarding info on prerequisites). Also, if you took the Pelvic Floor series before we divided the PF 2 into PF 2A and PF 2B, you may want to consider retaking the course that meets your clinical need the most. We expanded the courses because of the large amount of evidence-based research that has been published since 2004. Those that took PF2 before it was divided into two parts may also move on to PF 3, provided you feel comfortable with the course prerequisites.

 

I would like to take the Pelvic Floor series. How much time should I allow between each course?

It depends.

The goal of Herman & Wallace Institute courses is to teach skills that are immediately applicable to a clincial 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, availabilty and learning style.

 

Can I take PF3 before taking PF2B?

Yes.

The prerequisites for PF3 are: "Pelvic Floor Level 1 with instruction in internal vaginal pelvic floor muscle examination. Pelvic Floor Level 2A with instruction in internal colorectal pelvic floor muscle examination."

While we recommend taking the advanced PF3 course as the last in the series, it is permissable to take PF3 before PF2B, provided you have completed training in colorectal internal exams (PF2A)

 

Do I have to take PF2A before PF2B?

No. PF2A and PF2B 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.

PF1 is a pre-requisite for both PF2A and PF2B

 

Pelvic Therapy Practitioner Certification Exam

What is the passing Score?

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 now 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".

 

What Can I Use During the Test?

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 batter operated calculator into the exam session (but nothing else).

 

What is the examination cancellation policy?

If after submitting an examination fee, an applicant wishes, for any reason, not to sit for the inaugural exam administration, 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,

OR

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 inaugural exam, and wait until the next exam administration. In this case, H&W will hold their inaugural 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 exam administration in 2014 or 2015. 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.

 

Where is the PRPC Exam offered?

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/.

 

If I take the exam and do not pass, may I retake the exam?

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.

 

How much does the exam cost?

For questions about PRPC pricing, see the PRPC Pricing Chart.

 

Does H&W accommodate test takers with disabilities?

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 attached to PRPC applications. Please download and complete the Request for Special Testing Accommodations form.

 

On what dates will the exam be offered?

The inaugural examination administration is currently being administered at testing centers worldwide. The cut-off date for applications to sit for the inaugural administration was December 31st.

 

The next administration of the exam will be November 1- November 15th, 2014. We are currently accepting applicaitons for this administration. The cut off date for applications for this administration is October 1st, 2014.

 

 

 

What kind of questions will be on the exam?

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.

Click Here to download sample PRPC exam questions!

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.

 

How should I prepare for the exam?

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

 

How will the exam be administered?

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://kryteriononline.com/host_locations/

 

PRPC examination 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 300 minutes to complete the inaugural exam. Applicants may take short restroom breaks while sitting for the exam, however the 300 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 inelligible 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.

 

Pelvic Therapy Practitioner Certification Eligibility

Do I need to take any particular courses to be eligible for this certification?

No. The PRPC is an indication of your skills as a pelvic rehabilitation specialist, not a certificate of course completion. Those therapists who are qualified to sit for the exam and pass it will be awarded PTPC.

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.

 

Can I earn PRPC if I don’t live in the USA?

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.

 

Am I eligible to sit for the exam?

In order to take the Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification exam, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Provide documentation of 2,000 documented hours of clinical experience with pelvic therapy patients over the past 8 years, with 500 of those hours of direct patient caretaking place in the past 2 years. 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.

     

    b. Must be licensed 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) 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.

 

What do I need to do to earn the certification PRPC?

In order to earn PRPC, an applicant must:

  1. Meet eligibility requirements as defined in the application
  2. Submit a complete application and application review fee by the required date
  3. Applicants whose applications are approved must submit the examination fee by the required date
  4. Applicant must sit for, and receive a passing score on, the computer-based, multiple choice exam
 

What are the eligibilty requirements to apply for PRPC?

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.

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.

Approved Professions

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 PTPC. 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.

 

Discounts

Is there a discount if I take multiple online courses?

Herman & Wallace is often able to negotiate discounts for our customers when they register for an annual subscription to Medbridge Education. Medbridge also offers an annual subscription, which gives you access to all of their online courses (not just H&W material). Contact Us if you are interested in taking more than one online course!

 

Do we offer a Student Discount?

Yes.

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 currently working towards their PT license. This discount does not extend to doctoral students or other already-licensed PTs seeking additional degrees. To receive this discount, contact Herman & Wallace in order to have a discount code made for use during check out. Further proof of enrollment may be requested by the Institute.

For more information, visit our discounts page.


 

Is there a discount for signing up for multiple courses at the same time?

Yes.

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.

 

I completed the JTA Survey, how do I get my $50 Discount?

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.

 

I would like to re-take a course I have taken previously. Can I receive a discount on my registration?

If you have already taken a Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute course but wish to “brush up” on the material by taking the same course again, we will extend $100 off your registration. In order to qualify for this discount, the registrant must be able to identify which course event he/ she previously attended. Registrants applying for this discount should also be prepared to present evidence of their attendance in the form of a certificate, etc. from the previously-attended course event. There are a limited number of slots for “re-takes” per course.

 

Do we offer a discount for a group of participants registering as a group?

Yes.

We offer a 10% discount for three or more participants that register as a group. For six or more participants, we will offer 15% off each registration. For 10 or more, we will take 20% off each registration. 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.

 

I completed the JTA Survey, can I use my credit retroactively?

Unfortunately, no. The $50 credit for completing the JTA Survey can only be used towards future purchases, not courses for which you have already registered or products you have already purchased.

 

Participation

Who Can Take a Herman & Wallace Course?

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 the course is within the participant's scope of practice. It is the responsibility of course registrants 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.

For a "non-exhaustive" list of professionals who we regularly have in our courses, click here.

 

How do I find information about pre-requisites?

This information is right on our website. Simply click the link to the course in which you are interested, and information regarding pre-reqs, pre-reading, and the course schedule and overview will all be listed there.

 

What is our policy on men participating in courses that include internal lab work?

Male participants have participated in our courses and are welcome to do so, provided they observe our policies. A female model for PF examination training is required for all the Pelvic Floor series, except PF 2A. (Female models are also not required for Male Pelvic Floor). Male participants may only evaluate the female model that they themselves bring to the course. This means that, in order for male registrants to fully participate in lab work, they must bring their own female model. Lab models may only be present during lab time, as being a lab model is not a way to take the course free of charge. Course participants are not obligated to be a lab model for a male participant unless they volunteer to do so. Further, participants can request that male participants be designated a specific location in the lab room.

 

What is our policy on participants that are pregnant or have other medical concerns that may prevent them from participating in labs?

Pregnancy policy: We do 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. To insure your participation is not medically contraindicated or high-risk, we require a doctor or midwife approval letter if you are pregnant and wish to fully participate. Please keep in mind that you will be evaluated by students who have never before performed these examinations. A release of liability for the lab and a medical release note (approval letter from your OB/GYN on rx form or stationary) will, therefore, be required for internal lab participation. Another option is for participants to bring a lab “stand in” - someone who would potentially be evaluated by anyone in the course. The stand-in model should realize that she is not coming to be evaluated solely by the participant she accompanies. The lab schedule will be issued to those who bring a stand- in models, as models will be allowed in the course only during labs do not attend the entire class. We realize it may be difficult to find someone to act as a model. Because we want and encourage participation in our courses, we are willing to help registrants that are pregnant or have medical concerns find an option that will allow them to maximize their continuing education experience with the Institute. Please contact the Institute if you need assistance making arrangements. In the case that a participant is unable to find a model, she may work in groups of three during lab time. Please understand, however, that hands on lab time for these participants may be more limited.

 

What is the policy on men participating in the Male Pelvic Floor and 2A courses?

For our courses containing male material, which include PF2A and Male Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, we encourage male physical therapists to take our courses. Female models for these specific courses are not required. Having male participants has been useful in education of the male portion of our material. Course participants are not obligated to be a lab model for a male participant unless they volunteer to do so, but participants should be aware that there will be male participants in the class.

 

I previously attended the Pregnancy and Postpartum course before the PP series was created. Which course can/should I take?

Beginning in 2013, the Institute will be offering three courses related to the pregnant and postpartum patient. These courses are:

PREG -Care of the Pregnant Patient
POST - Care of the Postpartum Patient
PPST - Peripartum Special Topics

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 PPST - Special Topics course.

 

Bringing a Model

When is one required to bring a model to the course?

For those participants who are pregnant, have medical concerns regarding participating in internal labs, and male participants, it is advised that you bring a model to the course to complete those lab sections that include internal evaluation and techniques. As stated above, we at the Institute do not want pregnancy or medical conditions to bar anyone from participating in our courses, or from having an optimal course experience. We will gladly assist any of our registrants in finding options that work for them.

 

Who is permitted to act as a model?

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. 

 

Do men need to bring female models to the PF2A and Male Pelvic Floor courses?

For our courses containing male material, which include PF2A and Male Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, we encourage male physical therapists to take our courses. Female models for these specific courses are not required. Having male participants has been useful in education of the male portion of our material. Course participants are not obligated to be a lab model for a male participant unless they volunteer to do so, but participants should be aware that there will be male participants in the class.

 

Will there be Male models for the labs in the Male Pelvic Floor course?

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.

 

What to Expect the Day of the Course

I have never taken a Herman & Wallace Pelvic Floor series course before. What can I expect in courses that include internal lab work?

Participants in PF 1 will be trained to perform pelvic floor muscle examinations on female course participants. After an introduction to pelvic floor anatomy, the rationale, indications and contraindications of internal examination will be reviewed. There are four internal PF labs. Examination training 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 be "models" and evaluators.  

Pelvic floor labwork includes external genitalia identification, palpation externally of pelvic floor muscles and surface anatomy, digital vaginal palpation of the pelvic floor muscles and pelvic floor muscle testing/pelvic prolapse evaluations. If you do not participate in the class as a model you will be part of a group of three participants rather than two and may not have the opportunity to complete all of the lab activities, though you can watch. (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.)

Please know that our instructrors have years of experience and are sympathetic to any shyness or concerns participants may have.  Most participants write in their testimonials that, even after initial shyness or apprehension about internal labwork, they felt at ease and confident amongst the supportive atmosphere of our courses. (See PF1 Testimonials)

 

How do I find the course location?

The address, room number and other information on where the course will be held  can be found on the course event page of our website, along with a link to the suggested hotel, nearest airport, and other pertinent information. The course event page is also where you find the course schedule, desciption, the instructor's bio, etc. Click the Location/Lodging tab to see all this information.

 

Will I have to pay extra for my course manual?

No. There is no additional charge to participants for the course manual. These are factored into the total cost of registration.

 

What should I wear to the course?

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.

 

Hosting a H&W Course

What are my options for hosting a course?

There are two ways to host a course. The first is doing a public course. Public courses are usually held at sites that can accommodate around 40 participants. For a public course, the Institute handles all marketing and promotion of the event, collect all registrations and monies, and take care of things like shipping all supplies there, making sure the manual and paperwork are made and delivered to the site contact, etc. and your site provides the space. Onsite, there is a host contact, who job it is to set up the room, accept shipments of supplies, buy groceries (which the Institute reimburses for) etc.

Barring these "jobs", there is no charge from the Institute for hosting a public course. Typically, the Institute offers comped spots to on-site therapists 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.

Those interested in hosting private or public events should Contact Us.

 

When should I contact the Institute with my interest in hosting?

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.

 

What perks are there for site hosts?

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?".) We offer one free seat for courses with 12 or more participants and two free spots for courses with more than 20. Opportunities to lab assist are also available to more experienced therapists at host sites.

 

Do I have to pay to bring a course to my facility?

It depends

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.

 

I would like to host a course at my facility. What do I do?

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!)

 

Lab Assisting

I would like to be a lab assistant at a course, whom do I contact?

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 strongly prefer email to snail mail or faxes - it's more GREEN!

For a sample how to format your CV, please download this Sample CV.

 

Questions about HermanWallace.com

How do I get in touch with a course instructor?

Herman & Wallace does not give out personal contact information for our instructors. Oftentimes this information will be offered by instructors at courses they are teaching. All Herman & Wallace instructors are also full-time practitioners, and you can often find contact information for their clinics online.

 

How do I sign up for the H&W Newsletter?

If you would like to receive our Newsletter, which includes Institute news, course schedule updates, free resources for clinicians and other information related to the Institute and pelvic floor and pelvic girdle dysfunction, select "Sign Up for Our Newsletter" from the drop down menu on the left side of the web page. Fill in the information and you're on the list.

 

Can I contact Kathe Wallace and Hollis Herman through the institute?

Kathe and Holly are both full-time practitioners and they do not work in the administrative offices. If you would like to contact Kathe Wallace, she maintains a website at http://kathewallace.com/. Similarly, Holly Herman can be reached online at http://hollyherman.com/.

 

What happens if I forget my password?

If you forget your log-in password, select "Forgot Password?" and enter your registered email address. A new one will be sent to you.

 

How do I register with the Site?

To create an account on HermanWallace.com, select "Create an Account" in the upper lefthand side of the webpage. You will be asked to fill in your name, address, phone number, professional degrees, and email address.

Once you complete all the required information, an activation email will be sent to your email address. This is to ensure that Spammers do not register with our site and innudate us with junk posts. You must follow the activation link in the email to activate your account (this is how we know you are a real person and not a Spam robot).

If you do not receive the email within a matter of minutes, be sure and check your Spam box and make sure your email account isn't blocking us

Once you click the link, congrats, you are a registered user on HermanWallace.com

 

Questions about our Products

How does pre-funding work?

Pre-funding is a process that ensures that Herman and Wallace is only developing products that are useful for therapists.  

For a full description of how this product development program works, visit our pre-funding page.

 

I would like sell or promote my product through the Institute. Whom do I contact?

At the Institute, we are committed to offering the very best education, products and resources to clinicians for the treatment of pelvic floor and pelvic girdle dysfunction. If you have a product or an idea that you believe complements this mission, we would love to hear from you. Please Contact Us and we will put you in touch with our Sales Account Manager.

 

How do I purchase products?

The easiest way to purchase products is online on our "Practitioner Manuals and Resouces" page. Orders are payable by credit card. If you wish to pay by check, please contact us and we will send you an invoice. We do not accept Purchase or Money orders.

 

I need a W-9 to establish H&W as a vendor before my site can purchase anything. What do I do?

We have one all filled out and ready to go. Simply contact us by email and we'll send it to you. (Save yourself time and the Earth trees instead of mailing or faxing requests!)

 

Online Courses

How does an online course work?

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.

 

How long will I have access to the course after purchase?

After you purchase an online course, you will be able to access it for one year.

 

Are the courses approved in my state?

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.

 

When do I get my course certificate?

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.

 

Do I have to take the course in one sitting?

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.

 

Do I need to watch the courses at a particular time?

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.

 

Continuing Education Requirements

Is the course that I am attending approved to count toward the continuing education re-licensure requirement in that state in which I am licensed to practice??

It is very likely that the course is considered approved by your state licensing entity, but that depends on the course and on the laws of the state in which you practice.

Please see our policy about what states consider Herman & Wallace an approved provider, and when Herman & Wallace will and will not apply to have a course approved by a state's licensing entity.

 

According to the Terms and Conditions of Attendance, Herman & Wallace will not be submitting an application to have a course that I want to attend approved by my state licensing entity, what are my options?

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.

 

Why is Herman & Wallace not submitting an application to have a course I am attending approved by my state licensing entity?

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 80 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 educaiton 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 submiting 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.

 

I contacted Herman & Wallace, and requested that the company submit an application to have a course approved by my state licensing entity, but Herman & Wallace elected not to submit such an application... Why?

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.

 

I plan to submit my own application to have a course approved by my state licensing entity, but I need a great deal of document and information about the course and instructor in order to submit this application, what should I do?

Herman & Wallace will send you any and all information that you require to submit such an 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.

 

I attended a Herman & Wallace course sponsored in a state other than the state where I am licensed to practice, the course was not approved by my state licensing entity, and now the deadline to get the course approved has passed, what can I do?

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.