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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, 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.

    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

    Learn more about how the program works [video] or view our program pamphlet for details on campus session dates and hotel accommodations.

    Important Dates

    Fall Quarter

    • On-Site Hand Orientation - September 23-24, 2016 (Friday and Saturday)
    • Weekend Session for PTRS 767 - November 4-5, 2016 (Friday and Saturday)

    Winter Quarter

    • Weekend Session for PTRS 769 - March 3-5, 2017 (Friday through Sunday)

    Spring Quarter

    • Weekend Session for PTRS 768 - May 19-21, 2017 (Friday through Sunday)
    • This is a busy weekend because many universities in the area will be holding graduation, so please be sure to book your hotel rooms early.

    Summer Quarter

    • PTRS 770 - No weekend session

    For questions, please contact:

    Jane Fedorczyk, PT, PhD, CHT
    Program Director

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    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

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution 
    • Current OT or PT license or other practice credential (US, Canada or other countries)

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • 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
      • Copy of current OT or PT license or other practice credential (US, Canada or other countries) showing expiration date
      • Additional requirements for International Students


      The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $829 per credit.

      • This rate applies only to new online students.
        • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
      • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

      Additional Equipment/Lab Fees


      Academic Calendar

      Classes Begin 
      Classes End 
      Exams Begin 
      Exams End 

      Fall 2015     

      September 21, 2015

      December 5, 2015

      December 7, 2015

      December 12, 2015

      Winter 2016 

      January 4, 2016

      March 14, 2016

      March 15, 2016

      March 19, 2016

      Spring 2016 

      March 28, 2016

      June 6, 2016

      June 7, 2016

      June 10, 2016

      Summer 2016 

      June 20, 2016

      August 29, 2016

      August 30, 2016

      September 3, 2016

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

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