Academic Core Courses

Practicing and Non-Practicing Applicant Core Course Requirements

To qualify for Practicing membership with the BCAK you must meet specific academic and curriculum requirements and standards. In addition to a four-year Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in kinesiology or an equivalent discipline, your undergraduate degree must include the completion of the four (4) core courses (listed below) achieving a minimum grade of C- or better, along with sixteen (16) additional elective courses covering a minimum of 10 course categories (detailed in our Core and Elective Course Worksheet) having no more than 2 "D" grades in the 16 courses.

The Core Courses and Their Required Content Are

Human Anatomy

A systematic study of human anatomy with emphasis on functional applications. A comparative study of organs and body systems using laboratory dissections/models to provide an understanding of the three dimensional organization of the human body.

Key areas:

  1. Understanding the general structure and function of the human body; defining anatomy, physiology, homeostasis and posture; and explain how they are related.
  2. Understand the microscopic anatomy of the animal cell, it's life cycle and how it generates energy.
  3. Distinguishing major anatomical regions of the human body, distinguishing anatomical positions, body planes and neuromuscular anatomy.

Theoretical Content Required

  • General Microscopical Anatomy
  • The Skeletal System
  • The Muscular System
  • The Cardiovascular System
  • The Nervous System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Gastrointestinal System
  • The Renal System
  • The Reproductive System
  • General Surface Anatomy

Human Physiology

A survey of human physiology with an emphasis on mechanisms of regulation and integration. Anatomy of structures is detailed only when it is critical to understanding function.

Key areas

  1. Understand the basic physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, reproductive and nervous systems.
  2. Understand the regulation of human body functions by the endocrine, gastrointestinal, immune and neurological systems.
  3. Understand the basic physiology and pathophysiology of the skeletal and musculotendinous systems of the body.
  4. Differentiating between positive and negative feedback control systems in humans.

Theoretical Content Required

  • The Respiratory System
  • The Cardiovascular System and Blood
  • The Gastrointestinal System
  • The Renal System
  • The Nervous System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Muscular System
  • The Reproductive System
  • The Immune System

Motor Control/Learning or Motor Skill Acquisition

Basic concepts in the sensorimotor planning and control of movement. Topics include the factors and disorders affecting movement, sensory and motor physiology, sensorimotor integration, current theories of motor control, and motor learning. A focus from a behavioral and neurophysiological perspective that explores psychological influences on motor control.

Key areas

  1. Understand motor control theory including the classification of motor skills, the measurement of motor performance and motor abilities.
  2. Understand the role of activity performance and feedback in functional skill acquisition.
  3. Understand the principles of learning, including the stages of learning and transfer of learning as they relate to motor skill acquisition.
  4. Understand the theories related to activity practice including; variability, specificity, distribution, components and mental practice.

Theoretical Content Required

  • Classification of Motor Skill
  • Measurement of Motor Performance
  • Motor Abilities
  • Neuromotor Basis for Motor Control
  • Motor Control Theories
  • Sensory Component of Motor Control
  • Performance and Motor Control Characteristics of Functional Skills
  • Action Preparation
  • Attention
  • Memory Components, Forgetting and Strategies
  • Defining and Assessing Learning
  • Stages of Learning
  • Transfer of Learning
  • Demonstration and Verbal Instructions
  • Augmented Feedback
  • Practice Variability and Specificity
  • The Amount of Distribution of Practice
  • Whole and Part Practice
  • Mental Practice
  • General Statistics and Data Interpretations

Biomechanics

The application of basic mechanics to human movement. Basic understanding of how forces act on body segments and how movements are produced by quantifying all forms of physical activity, from activities of daily living, physically challenged movement patterns, to elite athletic performance. Biomechanics has applications in medical settings, including rehabilitation and sports medicine.

Key areas

  1. Understand the basic biomechanics of human tissues, including stress, strain and force generation.
  2. Understand how to collect and interpret biomechanical information for use in treatment.
  3. Understand human kinematics, including the lever systems of the human body, torque, momentum, angular momentum and fluid mechanics as they relate to activity and movement.
  4. A basic understanding of work, power and energy as they relate to human activity.

Theoretical Content Required

  • Forces
  • Linear Kinematics
  • Linear Kinetics
  • Work, Power, and Energy
  • Torque and Moments of Force
  • Angular Kinematics
  • Angular Kinetics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Biological Material
  • The Skeletal System
  • The Muscular System
  • The Nervous System
  • Qualitative Biomechanical Analysis to Improve Technique
  • Qualitative Biomechanical Analysis to Understand Injury Development
  • Techniques in Biomechanics
  • General Statistics and Data Interpretations

If you have not completed 1 or more of the core courses or the content requirements are not met, you must complete an appropriate course with a minimum C- grade or write and pass the BCAK's Core Course Competency Examination(s) for any course content which does not meet the above requirements.

See here for details on Core Course Equivalency Examinations

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