Essentials of Data Collection Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PTHA-2301-001 Essentials of Data Collection


Prerequisites: PTHA 1413, PTHA 1301, and PTHA 1405 Corequisite:  PTHA 1431

Course Description

Data collection techniques used to assist in patient/client management.

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(3 sem hrs; 2 lec, 3 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information



Measurement of Joint Motion, 5th ed. by Cynthia C. Norkin and D. Joyce White

Daniels and Worthingham’s Muscle Testing, 10th ed. by  Dale Avers and Marybeth Brown


Ortho Notes, 4th ed. by Dawn Gulick


REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Goniometer set (approximately $20), tape measure, purchased by the student. Blood pressure kit and stethoscope which is provided by AC, or student may purchase his/her own.

Personal Laptop computer

Security device for student locker.

Student Performance


Given the course textbook, personal notes, handouts, and other material, the student should demonstrate competence with components of the following requisite skills:

  1. Demonstrate appropriate verbal communication skills with simulated patient and physical therapist interactions.
  2. Utilize correct medical terminology and abbreviations in written assignments and SOAP notes.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate information-gathering during patient interviews regarding current condition prior to treatments during simulated patient interactions.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to perform competently and organize appropriate data collection techniques from within the physical therapist assistant plan of care for monitoring patient status.
  5. Goniometry/MMT:  Identify basic concepts of validity, reliability, and statistical significance.
  6. Identify normal range of motion values for the joints of the human body.
  7. Demonstrate appropriate interrater reliability compared with other students when performing goniometric measurements.
  8. Describe the principles of goniometric measurement and the correct documentation of goniometric measurements.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to assess joint range of motion competently using a goniometer for all major joints of the human body.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to assess joint range of motion competently using inclinometers for the cervical and lumbar spine.
  11. Demonstrate the ability to assess functional range of motion competently.
  12. Identify abnormal joint movement, including capsular patterns.
  13. Identify the structures most likely to cause abnormal movement at each joint.
  14. Describe the principles of gross manual muscle testing.
  15. Demonstrate the ability to competently perform manual muscle testing of each joint.
  16. Recognize the presence or absence of normal muscle mass and tone.
  17. Identify the purpose of special tests utilized by the physical therapist during an evaluation.
  18. Sensory:  Identify common standardized questionnaires, graphs, behavioral scales, and visual analog scales for pain.
  19. Demonstrate the ability to competently administer common standardized questionnaires, graphs, behavioral scales, and visual analog scales for pain.
  20. Identify dermatomal patterns for the upper and lower extremities.
  21. Demonstrate the ability to competently assess upper and lower extremity dermatomes.
  22. Identify and demonstrate methods for sensory testing for abnormal sensation.
  23. Define various terminology used for sensory testing.
  24. Balance/Coordination:  Recognize the anatomical and physiological components of normal balance and coordination.
  25. Demonstrate the ability to competently perform equilibrium and non-equilibrium testing for coordination.
  26. Demonstrate the ability to competently assess balance utilizing appropriate instruments.
  27. Posture:  Identify common assessment tools and instruments utilized for postural assessments.
  28. Demonstrate the ability to competently assess posture.
  29. Recognize normal and abnormal alignment of the trunk and extremities at rest.
  30. Describe and demonstrate the procedure for leg length discrepancy testing.
  31. Anthropometric Measurements:  Demonstrate the ability to perform anthropometric measurements for height, weight, length, and girth.
  32. Muscle length:  Demonstrate the ability to competently assess muscle length.
  33. Cognitive:  Compare the 8 stages of the Rancho los Amigos levels of cognition and describe how each level may effect physical therapy treatment.
  34. Environmental:  Recognize safety barriers in the home and community.
  35. Identify key components of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  36. Demonstrate the ability to assess physical space in the home and community for safety barriers and accessibility.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

Students shall read the Amarillo College "Student Rights and Responsibilities" information with emphasis placed on the Academic Information, Student Conduct and Responsibilities, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Education/Prevention Program sections.

Students will not use cell phones in the classroom, unless the instructor allows use for a specific activity. All such devices must be placed on silent mode and kept stored. If a student expects that there may be some type of emergency situation, the student should inform the instructor prior to the beginning of class. Unauthorized use of cell phones in class will result in the student being asked to leave the class and being counted absent for the lecture/lab.

Student participation is a required element during Lecture and Lab classes. If a student refuses to participate actively or is disengaged in a discussion or activity, the student may be asked to leave class and will be counted absent for the day. Students do have the right to refuse the application of any specific treatment or activity for medical or personal reasons. This does not constitute a reason for absence from class. Alternate activities or assignments will be required.
Students in the PTA Program are expected to dress conservatively and professionally, as expected in the clinic.  Upon request of the faculty, the student will attend class in professional dress including black, navy, or khaki pants and cobalt blue polo shirt with the PTA logo. Clean, closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with non-slip soles in good condition should be worn during all class and lab activities. Amarillo College Badge/ID's should also be worn during all off-campus class and clinical activities.
Jewelry and cologne are to be kept to a minimum. All jewelry should be conservative and limited to a minimal amount. The student's professional dress is subject to approval by the course instructor. If professional dress code is not followed, the student may not be able to participate in the scheduled activity, may receive a grade penalty for the day, and/or may not have the option to makeup the assignment. This decision is at the discretion of the instructor. 
Courtesy and respect are expected between the student and instructor. Students are expected to be attentive to instructor, guests, and other students during presentations. Students are required to extend highest respect to patients/clients/others when making off-campus contact. Lack of regard to this expectation at any time by any single student or group of students may result in immediate dismissal of the student/s from the situation by the instructor, guest lecturer, or patient/client/other.

Dishonesty in the classroom or in completing any assignment will not be tolerated. Students demonstrating academic dishonesty as defined in the "Student Rights and Responsibilities" publication will receive a grade of "F" in the course and will be subject to all PTA Program policies regarding course failure.

Student Grievance: A student who has an issue with the course or course instructor should make every attempt to resolve the problem with the course instructor. If that is not successful, the student may appeal the decision of the instructor to the program director, Allied Health Dean, Dean of Instruction, and the Amarillo College President - IN THAT ORDER.

Grading Criteria

               Quizzes/ Assignments/Attendance     5%   

                Lecture Exams                                     55%

                Final Exam                                           20%

                Practical Exams                                   20%                                       

Assignments and quizzes will be completed prior to or within the classroom or lab meeting. If the submission is not acceptable for a check mark, the submission will be returned to the student until an acceptable submission meets the approval of the instructor. The student will have 1 week from the time that the original submission is returned to submit an acceptable submission. After 1 week, a 5-point deduction is applied to the attendance assignment grade.

The lecture exam grades will be averaged from lecture exam portion (55%) of the final grade. The lowest lecture exam grade MAY OR MAY NOT be dropped for the calculation of the lecture exam portion of the final grade. This is solely at the discretion of the instructor.

The final exam is comprehensive for the semester and is not eligible to be dropped even if it is the lowest grade performance.

The student must successfully pass all practicals. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in ALL critical safety elements before being allowed to pass the course.

Students who do not meet minimum proficiencies and achieve a grade of 76 during the lab practicals will be given one opportunity to re-test as soon as possible based on the instructor's schedule. The highest grade which can be granted for a re-test is 76 and the student must obtain at least a score of 76. Please note that failing the second re-test for a practical results in failure of the class.

Any student scoring a 79 or lower on an exam or practical is REQUIRED to contact the instructor to discuss remediation. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO SCHEDULE THIS SESSION. The student will be required to schedule and attend tutoring at one of AC’s tutoring centers. Locations for tutoring can be found at The required number of tutoring sessions will be determined at the discretion of the instructor. The student will be required to bring verification of attendance at tutoring to the instructor.

MAKE-UP POLICY: There will be NO make-ups on quizzes or final exam.  Absence for a test or practical exam results in a five-point deduction from the earned grade.  All absences (tardiness) will be treated equally, regardless of the reason. The make-up test or make-up application exam may vary in format from the original examination/application. The student should expect to take the make-up exam/application on the day the student returns to class, unless otherwise notified by the instructor.

A = 100 - 92.0
B = 91.9 - 84.0
C = 83.9 - 76.0
F = 75.9 - 0

Note: A grade of C or better is required to complete the PTA major.


ATTENDANCE: Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement. Therefore, the student is responsible for class attendance. The student is expected to be seated and prepared to begin class at the designated time. At the beginning of each lecture and lab, attendance will be recorded in Blackboard.  A sign-in sheet may be available for tracking purposes. 

The student's attendance score is based on 100% for each on-time attendance and 50% for each tardy attendance. Habitual tardiness (at least once weekly event) will be addressed with the instructor. The attendance grade is calculated in the course grade as weighted by the instructor. Habitual tardiness (at least once weekly event) will be addressed with the instructor. The attendance grade is calculated in the course grade as weighted by the instructor. 

Full attendance of class time is also expected. A student will be counted as "absent" if the student is out of class more than 20 minutes of a class time. For example, if in any given day a student arrives 15 minutes late to class, takes an extra 5 minutes for break and leaves class for 5 minutes for any reason (phone calls, appointments, bathroom breaks, illness), that is considered an "absence" for the day. This type of absence counts in the total number of absences resulting in lowering of the final course grade.

If a student is asked to leave a class due to disruption or lack of participation, the student will be counted absent for that entire class.

The rules above apply to all unplanned and unexcused absences. Prior approval of absences and approval of excused absence are solely at the discretion of the faculty based on the circumstances and reasons for absence. Written validation is required for any absence that is considered excused and exempt from this policy. 

Following an absence, the student is responsible for obtaining missed notes/assignments/copies of handouts, etc. from classmates. The student is also responsible for obtaining any needed clarification of missed information from the course instructor.


PTHA 2301 Essentials of Data Collection (80 Contact Hours)

Summer 2022

Lecture is held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 8:00 - 9:30 am; Lab is held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 9:30 am -12:30 pm.




Reading Assignments

May 24

Goniometry Basics

Joint End Feels

Motion Restriction

Validity and Reliability

LE Goniometry

LE Goniometry

Chapters 1, 2, and 3 in Norkin & White Measurement of Joint Motion

Chapters 1 and 2 in Daniels and Worthingham‘s Muscle Testing

May 25

LE Manual Muscle Testing

 LE Goniometry


Chapters 8, 9, and 10 in Norkin and White Measurement of Joint Motion

Chapter 6 in Daniels and Worthingham's MT

May 26

LE Special Tests

LE Skill Checks


June 1

LE Review

LE Practice


June 2

Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Goniometry

Measurement of the Temporomandibular Joint

LE Practical Exam

Chapters 11, 12, and 13 in Norkin and White Measurement of Joint Motion

June 3

LE Exam #1

Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Goniometry

Measurement of the Temporomandibular Joint

Chapters 3 and 4 in Daniels and Worthingham‘s Muscle Testing

June 8

Neck and Trunk MMT

Neck and Trunk MMT


June 9

Postural Analysis

Spine Special Tests

Trunk/Spine Skill Checks

Postural Analysis


June 10

Trunk/Spine Review

Trunk/Spine Practical Exam

Chapters 4, 5, 6, and 7 in Norkin and White Measurement of Joint Motion

June 15

Trunk/Spine Exam #2

UE Goniometry

Chapter 5 in Daniels and Worthingham‘s Muscle Testing

June 16




June 17

UE Special Tests

UE Skill Checks

Chapter 7 in Daniels and Worthingham‘s Muscle Testing

June 22

Sensory Testing/Dermatomes

Cranial Nerve Testing

Sensory Testing/Dermatomes

Cranial Nerve Testing


June 23

Cognitive Assessment/Ranchos Scale

UE Practical Exam

Chapters 8 and 9 in Daniels and Worthingham‘s Muscle Testing

June 24

UE Exam #3

Balance and Coordination

Balance and Coordination Testing


June 29

Functional Testing

Environmental Assessment/ADA Policies

Environmental Assessment

Functional Assessment Projects


June 30

Anthropometric Measurement

Anthropometric Measurement

Wrap-Up and Review


   July 1                                                   Final Exam 8:00 am-11:00 am

Additional Information

Instructional Methods include: Lecture and lab activities.


LAB DRESS CODE: MANDATORY during each lab for participation.  The student will be asked to leave lab if he/she is not wearing appropriate attire. If the absence exceeds 20 minutes, the student will be counted absent for that class.

Females: shorts, halter/swimsuit top/sports bra (fasteners need to be in the back), sweats/athletic wear can be used for a cover up (no jeans).  Long hair must be up off the shoulders.

Males: shorts, T-shirts, sweats/athletic wear can be used for a cover-up (no jeans).

Jeans, leggings, yoga pants or tights of any kind are NOT proper attire.

LAST DATE TO DROP/WITHDRAW: June 23, 2022 – Any student not withdrawn by June 24, 2021 will receive the grade earned.

SAFETY PROCEDURES: In case of an emergency, the student needs to call the Safety and Security department at 9-371-5163.  In an emergency situation, use the nearest phone that is available.  The student should also know in case of a medical emergency, the following procedure should be performed and in the order written:

  1. call 9-911 for an ambulance
  2. call Amarillo College Police (806) 371-5163


Syllabus Created on:

05/22/22 8:54 PM

Last Edited on:

05/22/22 9:28 PM