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Certificate for Advanced Practice in Hand Therapy


Length: 15 months

Summer 2022 Deadline:

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For: PT, OT

The goal of EIM’s Certificate for Advanced Practice in Hand Therapy is to develop highly skilled hand therapists who are leaders in the fields of occupational and physical therapy. Through clinical experience, mentorship, and didactic coursework taught by world-class Certified Hand Therapists, students develop advanced skills in the evaluation and treatment of the upper quarter and are well-prepared to sit for the Hand Therapy Certification Examination.


  • Create highly skilled hand therapists with advanced clinical competency in evaluation and treatment of the upper quarter.
  • Prepare occupational and physical therapists to take the Hand Therapy Certification Examination.
  • Improved therapists’ knowledge of current evidence and promote the use of evidence-based practice in daily clinical practice.
  • Enhance leadership skills to create master clinicians in the field of hand therapy.

Note: EIM’s Certificate for Advance Practice in Hand Therapy can help students prepare to take the CHT exam, but does not provide hours towards, is not affiliated with the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) and does not allow use of CHT credentials.


    Jenna Thacker, OTD, OTR/L Certified Hand Therapist

    Program Director


    Alyson Ellis

    Clinic Director, TexPTS


    • EBP 6100 – Evidence-based Practice I
    • HNDT 6110 – Introduction to Hand Therapy, Tissue Healing & Orthoses Overview
    • HNDT 6540WI – Management of the Shoulder and Elbow
      • See course page for available dates and locations.
    • HNDT 6410 – Elbow
    • HNDT 6510 – Shoulder
    • HNDT 6520 – Wrist
    • HNDT 6530 – Hand
    • HNDT 6530WI – Management of the Wrist, Forearm and Hand
      • See course page for available dates and locations.
    • HNDT 6120 – Trauma, Edema, Wounds, Burns
    • HNDT 6210 – Nerve & Tendon Injuries
    • HNDT 7180 – Hand Therapy Certification Capstone Examination
  • Choose two electives for your Plan of Study.

    • HNDT 6140 – Arthritis, Complex Injuries, and Amputations & Prosthetics
      • This course will define complex injuries and the components that are involved when methodically problem solving through a treatment plan. It will mesh the research that exists when dealing with arthritis and traumatic complex injuries with clinical experience and knowledge gained over many years of practice. An emphasis will be placed on scar management, healing response, functional needs, and splinting approaches.
    • HNDT 6150 – Pediatric Disorders, Special Populations, & Industrial Rehab
      • In this course, students will learn the special concepts of rehabilitation in pediatric disorders and other special populations. The first half of the course will include discussion of evaluation and rehabilitation of upper extremity disorders in pediatrics and other special populations including, but not limited to genetic disorders, traumatic brain injuries, and strokes that affect upper limb function. The second aspect of this course will include hand therapy in industrial rehabilitation. Students will review ergonomics and work rehabilitation as it relates to upper quarter diagnoses.
    • HNDT 6160 – Imaging & Modalities
      • This course encompasses the essentials of musculoskeletal radiology and other common imaging modalities such as MRI and ultrasound of the upper quarter. This course helps students’ confidence grow in the areas of common radiographic views, radiographic presentation of common upper quarter musculoskeletal conditions, and communicating with doctors and patients how the diagnostic imaging results relate to the current problem. Students will also develop understanding of the use of a variety of modalities, including temperature modalities, electrical modalities, and manual modalities. Evidence-based and appropriate use of these modalities will be extensively discussed.



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