Feb 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Official General Catalog 
2023-2024 Official General Catalog

PTA 201 - Kinesiology

A study of muscle structure and function as they relate to the science of human motion.  Emphasizes basic principles of movement and their application to physical therapy, including, manual muscle testing, pathological posture and gait patterns.  A laboratory experience that includes the application of kinesiology and exercise principles is integrated in the learning experience.


Prerequisite- Corequisite
Corequisite:  PTA 202 Therapeutic Exercise, PTA 210 Clinical Affiliation II


Credits: 4
3 Class Hours, 3 Laboratory Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Perform all modalities/interventions/assessments presented in lab/lecture in a safe, technically competent manner.
  2. Instruct patient, family, and colleagues, using teaching methods commensurate with the needs of the learner, to achieve the goals as outlined in the plan of care.
  3. Discuss and apply the essentials of Kinesiology.
  4. Describe joint and muscle function regarding the forces placed upon them.
  5. Perform manual muscle testing (MMT) and palpation as assessment tools to collect data on patient progress.
  6. Experiment with normal motor learning and motor skill acquisition.
  7. Demonstrate critical thinking skills through the analysis of the process and impact of patient motor skill acquisition, using evidence-based research.