• Center City Campus
  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Degree Earned

  • Certificate

Program Length

11 months

Program Type

  • On Campus
  • Hybrid

Program Start


Contact Information


Name: Jane Fedorczyk, PT, PhD, CHT
  • Certified Hand Therapist
  • Director, Center for Hand & Upper Limb Health & Performance
  • Director, Advanced Practice Certificate in Hand & Upper Limb Rehabilitation
  • Professor, Physical Therapy
  • Professor, Occupational Therapy


Telephone: 215-951-2800


Course Title Credits
JCRS 750 - Foundations in Hand Therapy 3
JCRS 751 - Nerve Injuries of the Hand and Upper Limb 3
JCRS 752 - Joint Pathology of the Hand and Upper Limb  3
JCRS 753 - Diseases That Affect the Hand and Upper Limb  3

After successfully completing the four courses, students will receive a post-professional certificate of completion. Previous students have transferred credits from the certificate program to degree programs at other universities; usually as elective credits. The credits may be applied to the Post-Professional OTD program offered at Thomas Jefferson University.

Course Descriptions

This course introduces the student to the specialized field of hand therapy. The principles of hand therapy included are musculoskeletal tissues and pathology, clinical reasoning, hand examination, principles of custom orthotic fabrication, therapeutic exercise, and interventions for pain, edema, and wound management.  Common elbow, wrist, and hand disorders (e.g. hand/wrist fractures and tendinopathies) will be discussed to integrate the foundation topics into clinical practice. 

This course emphasizes the anatomy and basic science principles for the cervical spine and major peripheral nerves of the upper limb. Age-related changes and pathophysiology of nerve lacerations and entrapment neuropathies are discussed. Advanced examination skills and interventions, conservative and post-operative, for pathology of the peripheral nervous system are presented. 

This course reviews the common pathologies that effect the articulations and surrounding soft tissues, especially tendons and ligaments. Anatomy, biomechanics, and examination principles for each region: shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand are discussed. Conservative and post-operative therapeutic management for fractures, dislocations, tendon repairs, ligament injuries, and degenerative disorders are presented. 

Course content emphasizes the impact of disease on hand function, especially with activities of daily living, vocational activities, and recreational activities. The overview will include pathology, clinical presentation, examination techniques and clinical interventions specific to the hand. Additionally, multi-system involvement associated with mutilated hand injuries is discussed. 

Integrated Weekend Sessions

Friday classes will be from 1:00 – 7:30pm
Saturday classes will be from 8:30am – 5:30pm
Sunday classes will be from 8:30am – 3:00pm