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  • Certificate in Advanced Practice in Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation


    The accredited online Certificate in Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation is designed for practicing clinicians in physical therapy and occupational therapy who wish to gain advanced understanding of the upper quarter, including the cervical spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. The hand therapy certificate program consists of four courses offered in an online and weekend format that can easily be completed in one year. After successfully completing the four required courses, students receive a certificate of completion. 

    Program director Dr. Jane Fedorczyk, PT, PhD, CHT, ATC, is a leading authority on hand therapy. She has directed and taught the hand and upper quarter rehabilitation program for 15 years and her work has been published in renowned journals and textbooks.

    The Hand therapy course curriculum is based on the most recent hand therapy practice analysis conducted by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC.) The HTCC oversees the certification process for qualifying occupational and physical therapists as "certified hand therapists" or CHTs. This Certificate of Advanced Practice in Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation is recognized by HTCC as a resource to assist with preparation for the CHT examination.

    View our program pamphlet for details on campus session dates and hotel accommodations.

    Drexel's hand therapy online program offers:

    • Superior pass rate on the CHT exam
    • Online coursework integrated with weekend laboratory sessions
    • Lab activities include cadaver anatomy, orthotic fabrication skills, and examination techniques
    • A curriculum infused with the latest technology for online interaction
    • Coursework that may be applied to other degree programs
    • A two-year option available to ease financial resources and time constraints

    For questions, please contact:

    Mia Weiss
    Admissions Coordinator

    Jane Fedorczyk, PT, PhD, CHT
    Program Director


    Foundations of Practice Requirements 
    PTRS 767Foundations in Hand Therapy4.0
    PTRS 768Upper Quarter Joint Pathology4.0
    PTRS 769Nerve Injuries of the Upper Quarter4.0
    PTRS 770Diseases That Affect the Hand4.0
    Total Credits16.0

    View Course Descriptions

    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution 
      • A current US OT or PT license

      Required Documents

      • A completed application
      • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
      • Two letters of recommendation
        • Personal statement (800 to 1,600 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:
          • Why you are choosing this particular track
          • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program, and
          • Your plans upon completing the degree
        • Resume
        • A copy of your current US OT or PT license (or registration for OT's in certain states) showing expiration date
        • Additional requirements for International Students

        How to Submit Supporting Documents


        The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $803 per credit.

        This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

        This program is not currently eligible for Federal Financial Aid, however, we offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.


        Academic Calendar

        Classes Begin 
        Classes End 
        Exams Begin 
        Exams End 

        Fall 2014     

        September 22, 2014

        December 5, 2014

        December 8, 2014

        December 13, 2014

        Winter 2015 

        January 5, 2015

        March 16, 2015

        March 17, 2015

        March 21, 2015

        Spring 2015 

        March 30, 2015

        June 8, 2015

        June 9, 2015

        June 12, 2015

        Summer 2015 

        June 22, 2015

        August 29, 2015

        September 1, 2015

        September 5, 2015

        Apply today for a Certificate in Advanced Practice in Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation

        Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online!


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