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Advanced Practice Certificate in Hand & Upper Limb Rehabilitation

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Advanced Practice Certificate in Hand & Upper Limb Rehabilitation

Hand & Upper Limb Rehabilitation

This program is designed for physical therapists or occupational therapists who wish to participate in advanced study of the hand and upper limb. The curriculum consists of four graduate level courses, offered in a convenient web-based format with limited onsite weekend sessions to practice psychomotor skills required for advanced practice in hand therapy.  The course work prepares therapists for the Certification in Hand Therapy (CHT) examination offered by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC).  The program is a recognized resource of HTCC for exam preparation.  

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The Advanced Practice Certification in Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation Certificate Program is designed for physical therapists or occupational therapists who wish to participate in advanced study of the hand and upper limb.  Jefferson has an online application that allows candidates to submit all required application materials directly to the application platform.

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  • JCRS 750 - Foundations in Hand Therapy (3 credits)
  • JCRS 751 - Nerve Injuries of the Hand and Upper Limb (3 credits)
  • JCRS 752 - Joint Pathology of the Hand and Upper Limb (3 credits)
  • JCRS 753 - Diseases That Affect the Hand and Upper Limb (3 credits)

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Jane Fedorczyk, PhD, PT, CHT

Jane Fedorczyk, PT, PhD, CHT

Certified Hand Therapist
Professor, Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy
Director, Center of Hand + Upper Limb Health and Performance

Dr. Fedorczyk joined Thomas Jefferson University on July 1, 2018 to serve as Director, Center of Hand and Upper Limb Health and Performance.  The advanced practice certificate program is just one of the programs designed to advance the practice of hand therapy through education, research, and advocacy.   Prior to joining Jefferson, Dr. Fedorczyk served as the Co-Coordinator of Professional Education in the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of South Florida for two years.  She was the Director of Post-Professional Clinical Programs and primary instructor for the Programs in Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation at Drexel University for 24 years prior to her USF appointment.  She has been practicing in hand therapy for over 30 years.

Dr. Fedorczyk received her baccalaureate degree from the University of Delaware in 1984 with a combined degree in biology and athletic training.  In 1986, she completed her M.S. degree in Physical Therapy from Beaver College (now Arcadia University) and started her hand therapy career at the Philadelphia Hand Center.  She became a certified hand therapist in 1992.  She completed her PhD at Temple University in the Department of Physical Therapy in 2007.

Her research interest is in the area of restoration of function in the hand and upper limb associated with musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. In 2005, she was awarded the “Best Scientific Paper” at the ASHT Annual Meeting for her paper, “The presence of Substance P in Forelimb Tendons in a model of upper extremity work-related musculoskeletal disorder.”  In 2006, she was awarded the Petzoldt Award at the ASHT Annual Meeting for her paper, “The presence of NMDAr1 in Forelimb Tendons in a model of upper extremity work-related musculoskeletal disorder.” She has received both extramural and intramural small grant funding for her research and education projects.

Dr. Fedorczyk has served on the board of directors and committees within the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), American Society of Hand Therapists, American Association of Hand Surgery, and American Society for Surgery of the Hand.  She was the President of the ASHT in 2015.  She is currently the President of the Academy of Hand & Upper Extremity Physical Therapy, a component of the APTA, the Past Senior Affiliate Director-at-Large for AAHS, and ASHT Annual Meeting Chair for 2018. She is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Hand Therapy, the Journal of Orthopedics and Sports Therapy, and other journals relevant to her research and clinical practice. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hand Rehabilitation Foundation which supports the Philadelphia Hand Meeting and she is a former board member of American Hand Therapy Foundation (AHTF) which supports research and education in hand therapy. In 2018, she was honored to receive the Nathalie Barr Lectureship Award from ASHT, and will deliver the Nathalie Barr Lecture at the 2019 ASHT Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

She has published chapters in the 4th and 5th editions of Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity and is a co-editor for the 6th edition. Work on the 7th edition began in 2016 and will be published in 2020.   She has also published in the Journal of Hand Therapy, Journal of Orthopedic Research and textbooks in the areas of pain modulation and tennis elbow.

She frequently presents at national conferences and has been an invited speaker at the International Federation of Societies in Hand Therapy meetings in 1998, 2004, and 2013.  She was the keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the Australian Hand Therapy Association in 2002, and the New Zealand Hand Therapy Association in 2015.  Since 2000, she has served as a co-chairperson for the Philadelphia Hand Meeting sponsored by the Hand Rehabilitation Foundation.

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Program Contact

Jane Fedorczyk, PT, PhD, CHT 
Director, Center for Hand and Upper Limb Health and Performance

E-mail: Jane.Fedorczyk@jefferson.edu

Admissions Contact

Thomas Jefferson University
Office of Admissions

Phone
: 215-503-8890
EmailTJU.Admissions@jefferson.edu

For more information on becoming a certified hand therapist, visit www.htcc.org