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Important Dates
2017 Exams
May 1 - 6
November 6 - 11
Preparation Materials
The Hand Therapy Certification Examination is a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills in the field of upper limb rehabilitation. It is expected that candidates will have a thorough understanding of hand therapy theory and its clinical application based on a variety of educational opportunities and practical experience. 

The Hand Therapy Certification Commission as an organization does not approve or endorse specific test preparation courses or materials for certification preparation nor does the Commission publish a test preparation guide. Candidates are advised to look over the references and concentrate on the areas where they feel weak. Self-assessment is the best guideline for study. HTCC's self-assessment is included as part of a subscription to the Hand Therapy Resource Center and may also be downloaded here. Also, candidates are encouraged to study the test blueprint to see what areas are emphasized on the exam.

Questions used on the examination are not based on any particular reference but reflect current practice as documented in the hand surgery, occupational, physical, and hand therapy literature. Each item must be verified in at least one source. You should not rely on one source or text solely.

You may purchase most of these materials on Amazon.com

References

Candidates have found the most current editions of the following references useful for their review. HTCC does not endorse nor have any proprietary relationship with any of the following textbooks. These books are organized by topic area, particular emphasis should be placed on the general textbooks.

Anatomy

Atlas of Hand Anatomy and Clinical Implications
Yu, H. Chase, R. & Strauch, B

Netter's Orthopaedics
Green, W

Biomechanics
Basic Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System
Nordin, M. & Frankel, V.H. (Eds.)

Clinical Mechanics of the Hand
Brand, P.W. & Hollister, A.

Kinesiology of the Musculoskeletal System
Neumann, D.A.

Elbow
The Elbow and Its Disorders
Morrey, B.F. (Ed.)

Ergonomics
Cumulative Trauma Disorders: A Manual for Musculoskeletal Disease of the Upper Limbs
Putz-Anderson, V.

Fitting the Task to the Human: A Textbook of Occupational Ergonomics
Kroemer, K. & Grandjean, E.

Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace: Principles & Practice
Nordin, M. & Andersson, G.B.J. (Eds.)

Occupational Hand & Upper Extremity Diseases
Kasdan, M.

Occupational Medicine Secrets
Bowler, R. M. & Cone, J.

Ethics
Principles of Biomedical Ethics
Beauchamp, T.L. & Childress, J.F.

Evaluation
Muscles: Testing and Function
Kendall, F., McCreary, E.K.

Musculoskeletal Assessment: Joint Range of Motion and Manual Muscle Strength
Clarkson, H.

Netter's Orthopaedic Clinical Examination: An Evidence-Based Approach
Cleland J., Koppenhaver, S.

Orthopedic Physical Assessment
Magee, D.J.

The Sensitive Nervous System
Butler, D. 

Evidence-Based
Evidence-Based Orthopaedics: The Best Answers to Clinical Questions
Wright, J

Evidence-Based Rehabilitation: A Guide to Practice
Law, M & MacDermid, J

Physical Rehabilitation: Evidence-Based Examination, Evaluation, and Intervention
Cameron, M.H. & Monroe, L.G (Eds.) 

General Textbooks on the Hand
Core Knowledge in Orthopaedics: Hand, Elbow, and Shoulder
Trumble, T. Budoff, J. & Roger, C.

Green's Operative Hand Surgery
Green, D.P., Hotchkiss, R.N., Pederson, W.P. (Eds.)

Principles of Hand Surgery and Therapy
Trumble, T. (Ed.)

Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity
Mackin, E., Callahan, A.D., Skirven, T., Schneider, L.H., & Osterman, A.L. (Eds.)

Manual Therapy
Illustrated Manual of Orthopedic Medicine
Cyraix, J.

Maitland's Peripheral Manipulation
Hengeveld, E & Banks, K

Pediatrics
Hand Function in the Child: Foundations for Remediation
Henderson, A. Pehoski, C

Physical Agents
Modalities for Therapeutic Intervention
Michlovitz, S.L., & Nolan, T.P.

Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: From Research to Practice
Cameron, M.H.

Research
Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice
Portney, L.G. & Watkins, M.P.

Shoulder
Clinical Examination of the Shoulder
Ellenbecker, T

Shoulder Reconstruction
Neer, C.A.

The Shoulder
Rockwood, C. & Matsen, F.A. (Eds)

Orthotics
Hand Splinting Principles and Methods
Fess, E.F. and others

Orthotic Intervention for the Hand and Upper Extremity
Jacobs, M. & Austin, N.

Treatment
Critical Pathways in Therapeutic Intervention: Upper Extremities
Saidoff, D. & McDonough, A.

Diagnosis and Treatment Manual for Physicians & Therapists
Cannon, N.M. (Ed.)

Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation: A Practical Guide
Clark, G.L. (Ed.)

Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual
Travell, J.G. & Simons, D.G.

Therapeutic Exercise: Foundations and Techniques
Kisner, C. & Colby, L.

Therapeutic Exercise: Moving Toward Function
Hall, C.M. & Bordy, L.T.

Wound Management
Wound Care Essentials: Practice Principles
Baranodki, S & Ayello, E

Wound Management Principles and Practice
Myers, B

Wrist
The Wrist and It's Disorders
Lichtman, D.M. (Ed.)

Review Materials
These materials provide an overview of the Hand and hand therapy. Some have a question and answer format that may be useful in preparing to take an examination.

Anatomy
Ultimate Anatomy Flash Cards

Edwards, Bryan

Trail Guide to the Body
Biel, Andrew
Books of Discovery

General
ASHT Test Prep for the CHT Exam

American Society of Hand Therapists

Hand Pearls
Concannon, M. & Hurov, J.

Hand Rehabilitation: A Quick Reference Guide and Review
Falkenstein, N., Weiss, S.

Hand Secrets
Jebson, P.J.L. & Kasdan, M.L. (Eds.)

Multi-Media

Apps AnatomyMapp (App)
Books of Discovery 

PalpationMapp (App)
Books of Discovery