Advanced Practice Certificate in Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation

This program is designed for physical or occupational therapists who wish to participate in advanced study of the hand and upper limb rehabilitation. The curriculum consists of four graduate level courses, offered in a convenient web-based format with limited onsite weekend sessions to practice psychomotor skills required for advanced practice in hand therapy:

Foundations in Hand Therapy (3 credits)
Nerve Injuries of the Hand and Upper Limb (3 credits)
Joint Pathology of the Hand and Upper Limb (3 credits)
Diseases That Affect the Hand and Upper Limb (3 credits) - no onsite weekend requirement

Many graduates have indicated that the course work has helped them prepare for the Certification in Hand Therapy (CHT) examination offered by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC). After successfully completing the four courses, students will receive a post-professional certificate of completion. Previous students have transferred credits from the certificate program to degree programs at other US universities; usually as elective credits. The credits may be applied to the Post-Professional OTD program offered at Thomas Jefferson University.

Program Director, Jane Fedorczyk, PT, PhD, CHT, is a leading authority on hand therapy and has served as an educator in hand and upper quarter rehabilitation for more than 25 years. Her work has been published in renowned journals and textbooks.


Thomas Jefferson University

Certificate or Credits Earned: 

Certificate (12 semester graduate credits)

Length of Programme: 

1 year

Admission Requirements: 

Must be a licensed OT or PT with at least a US equivalent baccalaureate degree. Application; Official transcripts from all universities or colleges (WES Evaluation required for foreign institutions); Two letters of recommendation; Personal essay; Resume

Contact Name: 

Jane Fedorczyk, PT, PhD, CHT


130 S. 9th Street Room 633 Edison Building
19107 Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
United States
Pennsylvania US