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Certificate in Advanced Musculoskeletal Management of the Pelvic Girdle


Length: 6.5 months

Summer 2024 Deadline:

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DPT Add-On Available

For: PT, PTA, OT, MD, PA, DC, NP

The Certificate in Advanced Musculoskeletal Management of the Pelvic Girdle, is designed for physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, and other healthcare providers who are interested in or currently working with patients with pelvic girdle dysfunction, to include SI joint pain, piriformis syndrome, hip/back pain not responding to typical treatment, and abdominal pain. This certification combines a strong foundation in musculoskeletal best practice & current evidence with pain science and external assessment of and intervention for the pelvic floor to equip practitioners for success with even the most challenging pelvic girdle challenges. This program would also be highly beneficial for providers who already treat the pelvic floor internally but want to more fully understand how the pelvic floor fits into the rest of the body and provide a more comprehensive treatment package for their patients. If you’re looking for our comprehensive Pelvic Health Specialist Certification, learn more here.

There is a myth that the only way to address the pelvic floor is through an internal assessment, which has been a significant barrier to adequate access to patients. In fact, knowing how to screen for pelvic floor dysfunction and provide pelvic floor informed exercise instruction and patient education is both within the scope of musculoskeletal rehabilitation and highly beneficial to patients. This certification seeks to narrow the perceived gap by giving non-pelvic health specialists the ability to screen for pelvic floor dysfunction in their patient population, a comprehensive external toolbox for treatment, and the knowledge of when a patient needs to be referred to an internal practitioner as well as giving a strong orthopedic skill set to current pelvic practitioners who desire it.

This certification seeks to provide learners with a comprehensive toolbox to enable best practice care for patients with a variety of symptoms involving the pelvic girdle, hips, spine, and abdomen. This certification also comprehensively covers care for patients during and after pregnancy as well as elements of best practice for high level exercise design for patients of all activity levels, from sedentary to high level athletes. Learners will experience comprehensive didactic content, exciting hands-on/lab experiences, and a thorough evidence update. The certification may either be completed entirely online utilizing EIM’s Virtual Lab experience or with a single weekend immersive lab.


  • Screen for pelvic floor involvement in patients with low back pain, hip pain, and posterior pelvic girdle pain.
  • Perform an external assessment of the entire motor control system, including the pelvic floor.
  • Understand and incorporate best practices for motor control training in patients with non optimal movement strategies.
  • Screen for need for a pelvic health specialist in their patient population.
  • Be able to treat patients during and after pregnancy for musculoskeletal pain.

    Jennifer Stone, PT, DPT, OCS, PHC

    Program Director


    Stephanie Pascoe, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT


  • Post-professional DPT can be added to the Certificate in Advanced Musculoskeletal Management of the Pelvic Girdle for an additional $7,200 in tuition and 12 credits of coursework to include:
    Core Coursework
    Topic Coursework
    • APPT 6110 – Essentials of Pharmacology
    • APPT 6210 – Essentials of Musculoskeletal Imaging
    • APPT 6220 – Essentials of Medical Screening
    • PROF 6100 – Professionalism: Roles & Responsibilities
    • BUSI 6200 – Business Management Principles for the Rehab Therapist
    • EBP 6100 – Evidence-Based Practice
    The Post-professional DPT degree is not intended as an advanced academic degree in preparation for teaching as ranked faculty in a physical therapy educational program. The EIM Post-professional DPT is designed to be a clinically oriented degree. Typically, academic institutions seek ranked faculty members who have “terminal doctoral degrees”, such as a PhD, DSc, etc. Individuals desiring an advanced academic degree that prepares them for teaching should pursue the appropriate degree (ie, PhD, DSc, etc.) based on feedback from their target institution. While some institutions with a clinical faculty appointment track recognize the Post-professional DPT for academic purposes, most require that it come from a regionally accredited institution.


  • Questions may be emailed to the Program Director, Jennifer Stone
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  • On-Demand Webinar: Optimizing Pelvic Girdle Care
    Do you struggle with diagnoses related to the pelvic girdle such as SI joint pain, piriformis syndrome, and even recalcitrant hip and back pain that is not responding to typical treatment? These diagnoses have nuances that can challenge the most seasoned clinician. Learn about some of the possible missing links in care for these diagnoses, and learn/ask questions about EIM’s new Certification in Advanced Musculoskeletal Management of the Pelvic Girdle, which is designed to give you a comprehensive toolbox to address common challenging diagnoses.Watch Now
  • Bridge Program to Pelvic Health Specialist CertificationWant to bridge to the next level in pelvic health care? You can bridge to the Pelvic Health Specialist Certification within three years of completing your Certification in Advanced Musculoskeletal Management of the Pelvic Girdle by taking the following courses:
    • PHPT 6520WI
    • PHPT 7170
    • 1 additional elective of your choice (sexual considerations or postop/pharmacology)
    • Capstone exam

    The cost is $1200.

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