• All questions on the exam relate to the competencies outlined in the book Women's Health Physical Therapy: Description of Specialty Practice (DSP).

    Based on review of demographic data related to practice settings, the survey frequency data, and the DSP categories, the Subject Matter Expert group developed the exam blueprint. The group used a consensus-building process to construct this blueprint.

    The examination blueprint is based on approximately 200 questions in the exam. Additionally, questions will be written to avoid use of negative stems. Questions may include graphics. Examination questions will represent both a practice expectation and a knowledge area associated with that expectation.

    A case scenario may have more than one question; however, the questions are written independently so that incorrectly answering one question should not jeopardize answering the next question correctly.

    The following is a summary including the percentage of exam questions for each of the major components of the DSP.

    Exam Content Outline

    I. Knowledge Area: 20%

    A. Foundation Sciences (7%)
    B. Clinical Sciences (7%)
    C. Behavioral Sciences (6%)

    II. Patient / Client Management: 55%

    A. Screening (45)
    B. Examination (7%)

    C. Evaluation (10%)
    D. Diagnosis (8%)
    E. Prognosis (6%)
    F. Coordination / Communication / Documentation (2%)
    G. Procedural Interventions (12%)
    H. Outcomes (6%)

    III. Professional Practice Expectations: 25% 

    A. Communication (3%)

    B. Individual and Cultural Differences (2%)

    C. Professional Behavior / Professional Development (2%)
    D. Critical Inquiry and Clinical Decision Making / Evidence-Based Practice (8%)
    E. Education (2%)
    F. Leadership (2%)

    G. Social Responsibility and Advocacy (2%)

    H. Administration (2%)

    I. Consultation (2%) 

    TOTAL 100% 

    Exam Breakdown by Health Condition

    A. Bowel dysfunction (constipation, fecal incontinence, irritable bowel syndrome) (5%)

    B. Lymphedema (5%)

    C. Musculoskeletal dysfunction (Osteoporosis/Fibromyalgia/Pelvic Girdle/Postsurgical dysfunction) (26%) 

    D. Pelvic floor dysfunction/pain (pelvic organ prolapse, chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, cystitis) (26%)

    E. Pregnancy/postpartum (Musculoskeletal dysfunction with pregnancy/postpartum, High-Risk Pregnancy) (12%)

    F. Sexual dysfunction (dyspareunia, vaginismus) (5%)

    G. Urinary dysfunction (urinary incontinence, urinary retention, urinary urgency) (15%)

    H. Other (cardiovascular/pulmonary/hormone/oncology/autoimmune/neurologic/multiple sclerosis/Parkinson) (6%) 

  • Last Updated: 7/30/2020
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