• 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.

    I. Knowledge Area: 15%

    A. Foundation Sciences
    B. Behavioral Sciences
    C. Clinical Sciences
    D. Ancillary Tests
    E. Medical Interventions
    F. Critical Inquiry

    II. Practice Expectations 85%

    A. Professional Roles and Responsibilities
         1. Professional Responsibilities (2%)

         2. Risk Management (2%)
         3. Professional Development (2%)
         4. Education (2%)
         5. Evidence-Based Practice (2%)
         6. Consultation (2%)
         7. Social Responsibility (2%)

         8. Prevention/Wellness/Health Promotion (2%)

    B. Patient/Client Management

         1. Examination (23%)
         2. Evaluation/Diagnosis/Prognosis (14%)
         3. Intervention (27%)
         4. Outcomes (5%)

    TOTAL 100%

  • Last Updated: 6/20/2017
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