Post graduate diploma in hand therapy

The course consists of four block weeks spread out over the year. During these weeks students are required to attend classes and to participate in discussions and practical skills training. Assignments are completed and submitted in between block weeks and the final exam takes place during November. The subjects include Anatomy; Physiology; Pathology; Biomechanics and Ergonomics. The therapy related subjects are Clinical Skills and Advanced Clinical management of hand injuries. In clinical skills, subjects such as joint and neural mobilisation is taught, as well as advanced splinting; wound care; Manual Oedema Mobilisation (MEM), pressure therapy and many more practical subjects. In Advanced Clinical Management of hand injuries, the students present their own cases and make use of the many opportunities to share information among colleagues. Lectures on a variety of topics are presented.

After completing the course, the students have a thorough understanding of the rationale for treatment and have also had an opportunity to improve their clinical skills. They are able to make use of the library and other resources and have also had the opportunity to improve their presentation skills.


University of Pretoria

Certificate or Credits Earned: 

Post graduate diploma

Length of Programme: 

one year part time

Admission Requirements: 

Bachelor degree in occupational therapy

Contact Name: 

Corrianne van Velze


South Africa