Distance Learning Courses

5_16_MSM3_HSvs2Distance Learning continuing education (CE) courses are designed to allow you to learn from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace, while earning CE credit!

They are also half the cost of traditional in-person CE courses.

If you feel that you did not learn well enough the basics of musculoskeletal anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology; or if you would like to deepen your knowledge of these subjects while earning CE credit, these courses are for you!

Dr. Joe Muscolino’s books are written in a simple and clear manner, but also thorough. His publications are award winning and are translated into nine foreign languages!

Note: All CE credit is awarded through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).

Dr. Muscolino: I enjoyed the book and format for your self-study course. I have only taken a few distance learning CE courses, but I have to say yours was far and away the best. The content and layout of material and the quizzes themselves were more challenging than some hands-on courses I have taken. Having sat in a classroom with you for many semesters, I believe you have created a distance learning product that is as close to being in your classroom as you could achieve without actually being there yourself. Megan H., Massage Therapist

Dr. Joe Muscolino has two distance learning sets of courses, each one based on one of his two textbooks, The Muscular System Manual, 3rd or 4th Edition, and Kinesiology, 2nd or 3rd Edition.

Each set of courses is divided into modules, each module covering one chapter of the book. Each module can be taken separately. Most courses, once successfully passed, award CE credit.

For each set of courses, the only content necessary is the book (and any companion video content that comes with the book). It is important to make sure that you have the correct edition.

If you do not already own the book for the course set that you are looking to take, click here to order the book. Once you have the book, you can start reading, learning, and earning CE credit!

To actually take the tests for each of the chapters/modules, please click on the following link to go to Education Training Solutions website, the website that administers the tests.
Click Here to Go the Education Training Solutions Website

If you know you are going to take more than one quiz, we can make the registration process easier for you. Email Jan Schwartz at jan@educationtrainingsolutions.com and tell her which quizzes you want to take by naming the book(s) and chapter numbers. Leave a phone number where you can be reached and she will call you to take your credit card information over the phone. Or you can call her at 888-689-4445.

Following are the two home-study sets of courses that are offered:


kinesiologyKinesiology, The Skeletal System and Muscle Function, 2nd Edition:
(Click HERE to order the book)

There are 19 separate CE course modules/chapters, corresponding to the 19 of the 20 chapters of the text. For each chapter module, first read the chapter, as well as consult the companion DVD when indicated (there are call-out icons in the text when there is associated DVD content to view). Each chapter/module can be taken in any order that you like, although it is recommended that you follow the order of the chapters of the book.

There is a 25% discount if you sign up for and pay for all modules for the book up front. Please call Jan Schwartz to set this up. Total for all modules of this book with the discount is $274.00. This is a savings of $92.00 (You have 18 months to complete the modules.)
These CE courses are:

Chapter 1: Parts of the Human Body ($6.00)
Chapter 2: Mapping the Human Body ($6.00)
Chapter 3: Skeletal Tissues ($24.00 – 4 CE hours)
Chapter 4: Bones of the Human Body ($24.00)
Chapter 5: Joint Action Terminology ($18.00)
Chapter 6: Classification of Joints ($12.00)
Chapter 7: Joints of the Axial Body ($24.00 – 4 CE hours)
Chapter 8: Joints of the Lower Extremity ($30.00 – 5 CE hours)
Chapter 9: Joints of the Upper Extremity ($30.00 – 5 CE hours)
Chapter 10: Anatomy and Physiology of Muscle Tissue ($24.00)
Chapter 11: How Muscles Function: the Big Picture ($24.00 – 4 CE hours)
Chapter 12: Types of Muscle Contractions ($18.00 – 3 CE hours)
Chapter 13: Roles of Muscles ($33.00 – 5 1/2 CE hours)
Chapter 14: Determining the Force of a Muscle Contraction ($18.00 – 3 CE hours)
Chapter 15: Note: There is no CE course for this chapter. If you would like CE credit for learning the muscles of the body, please see the CE courses for the Muscular System Manual, 3rd Edition.
Chapter 16: Types of Joint Motion and Musculoskeletal Assessment ($12.00)
Chapter 17: The Neuromuscular System ($18.00 – 3 CE hours)
Chapter 18: Posture and the Gait Cycle ($18.00 – 3 CE hours)
Chapter 19: Stretching ($12.00)
Chapter 20: Principles of Strengthening Exercise ($15.00)


muscular-system-manualMSM4The Muscular System Manual, The Skeletal Muscles of the Human Body, 3rd Edition or 4th Edition  (Click HERE to order the book)

There are 19 separate CE course modules/chapters, corresponding to the 19 chapters of the 3rd or the 4th edition text (in other words, you can complete these quizzes with either the Muscular System Manual, 3rd edition OR the Muscular System Manual, 4th edition). For each chapter module, first read the chapter, as well as consult the companion CD when indicated (there are call-out CD icons in the text when there is associated CD content to view). Each chapter/module can be taken in any order that you like, although it is recommended that modules/chapters 1-3 are completed before taking the other modules/chapters.

There is a 25% discount if you sign up for and pay for all modules for the book up front. Please call Jan Schwartz to set this up. Total for all modules of this book with the discount is $268.00. This is a savings of $90.00 (You have 18 months to complete the modules.)

There is also a 25% discount if you sign up for and pay for all modules for the book up front that are required as part of the Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) Certification (all chapters except chapters 1-3). Please call Jan Schwartz to set this up. Total for all COMT-required modules of this book with the discount is $241.00. This is a savings of $81.00 (You have 18 months to complete the modules.)

Note regarding the companion CD: The companion CD primarily corresponds to chapters 4-19. This CD is interactive and is extremely valuable toward learning the individual muscles, as well as learning their relative locations to each other. There is no exact time usage that is required when working with this CD. Please make use of it to your own comfort level.

These CE courses are:

Chapter 1: Basic Kinesiology Terminology ($12.00 – 2 CE hours)
Chapter 2: The Skeletal System ($12.00 – 2 CE hours)
Chapter 3: How Muscles Function ($12.00 – 2 CE hours)
Chapter 4: Muscles of the Shoulder Girdle Joints ($18.00 – 3 CE hours)
Chapter 5: Muscles of the Glenohumeral Joint ($21.00 – 3 1/2 CE hours)
Chapter 6: Muscles of the Elbow and Radioulnar Joints ($18.00 – 3 CE hours)

Chapter 7: Muscles of the Wrist Joint ($15.00 – 2 1/2 CE hours)
Chapter 8: Extrinsic Muscles of the Finger Joints ($21.00 – 3 1/2 CE hours)
Chapter 9: Intrinsic Muscles of the Finger Joints ($21.00 – 3 1/2 CE hours)
Chapter 10: Muscles of the Spinal Joints ($30.00 – 5 CE hours)
Chapter 11: Muscles of the Rib Cage Joints ($15.00 – 2 1/2 hours)
Chapter 12: Muscles of the Temporomandibular Joints ($24.00 – 4 CE hours)
Chapter 13: Muscles of Facial Expression ($15.00 – 2 1/2 CE hours)
Chapter 14: Muscles of the Hip Joint ($30.00 – 5 CE hours)
Chapter 15: Muscles of the Knee Joint ($21.00 – 3 1/2 CE hours)
Chapter 16: Muscles of the Ankle and Subtalar Joints ($21.00 – 3 1/2 CE hours)
Chapter 17: Extrinsic Muscles of the Toe Joints ($15.00 – 2 1/2 CE hours)
Chapter 18: Intrinsic Muscles of the Toe Joints ($21.00 – 3 1/2 CE hours)
Chapter 19: Functional Groups of Muscles ($21.00 – 3 1/2 CE hours)


Note: A CE certificate is issued for each chapter/module that you have successfully completed and passed. If you successfully complete and pass ALL the module/chapter courses for one of the textbooks, then a further Art and Science of Kinesiology Certificate can be obtained at no charge by sending in a copy of all individual module/chapter certificates to Dr. Joe Muscolino. These certificates can be scanned and emailed to joseph.e.muscolino@gmail.com or can be hard mailed to: Dr. Joe Muscolino, 143 Hoyt Street, Unit 7N, Stamford, CT, 06905.