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.
The Hand Therapy Resource Center (HTRC) is sponsored by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) as an online community with social networking capabilities for therapists studying for the CHT examination or therapists who want to increase their knowledge about hand therapy. HTRC is a subscription based website, to create an account and subscribe to the website click here.
To purchase any of the materials listed below, click on the link provided.
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.
Atlas of Hand Anatomy and Clinical Implications
Yu, H. Chase, R. & Strauch, B
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
The Elbow and Its Disorders
Morrey, B.F. (Ed.)
Cumulative Trauma Disorders: A Manual for Musculoskeletal Disease of the Upper Limbs
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
Occupational Medicine Secrets
Bowler, R. M. & Cone, J.
Principles of Biomedical Ethics
Beauchamp, T.L. & Childress, J.F.
Muscles: Testing and Function
Kendall, F., McCreary, E.K.
Musculoskeletal Assessment: Joint Range of Motion and Manual Muscle Strength
Netter's Orthopaedic Clinical Examination: An Evidence-Based Approach
Cleland J., Koppenhaver, S.
Orthopedic Physical Assessment
The Sensitive Nervous System
Evidence-Based Orthopaedics: The Best Answers to Clinical Questions
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.)
Illustrated Manual of Orthopedic Medicine
Maitland's Peripheral Manipulation
Hengeveld, E & Banks, K
Hand Function in the Child: Foundations for Remediation
Henderson, A. Pehoski, C
Modalities for Therapeutic Intervention
Michlovitz, S.L., & Nolan, T.P.
Physical Agents in Rehabilitation: From Research to Practice
Foundations of Clinical Research: Applications to Practice
Portney, L.G. & Watkins, M.P.
Clinical Examination of the Shoulder
Rockwood, C. & Matsen, F.A. (Eds)
Hand Splinting Principles and Methods
Fess, E.F. and others
Orthotic Intervention for the Hand and Upper Extremity
Jacobs, M. & Austin, N.
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 Care Essentials: Practice Principles
Baranodki, S & Ayello, E
Wound Management Principles and Practice
The Wrist and It's Disorders
Lichtman, D.M. (Ed.)
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.
Ultimate Anatomy Flash Cards
Trail Guide to the Body
Books of Discovery
ASHT Test Prep for the CHT Exam
American Society of Hand Therapists
Concannon, M. & Hurov, J.
Hand Rehabilitation: A Quick Reference Guide and Review
Falkenstein, N., Weiss, S.
Jebson, P.J.L. & Kasdan, M.L. (Eds.)
Books of Discovery
Books of Discovery