A Certified Hand Therapist must be either an Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist with advanced skills in upper quarter (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand) rehabilitation.
What does it take to be come a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)?
- A CHT must be either an Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist.
- Minimum five years clinical experience at least 4000 hours direct practice in hand therapy
- Successfully completed an international comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter (Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, and Hand) rehabilitation
- Continues professional development with 15-20 hours of formal training each calendar year
The Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) credential assures the highest level of competency and expertise on current treatment modalities. The intricate anatomy of the arm and hand can require very delicate surgery, often with microscopic techniques. The technical complexity necessitates a high level of competence by therapists with advanced skills in upper quarter (shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand) rehabilitation during postoperative recovery. Certification uses rigorous standards requiring advanced study and training. CHTs demonstrate personal dedication to the profession and desire continuous learning. Learn more at https://www.htcc.org/.