HTCC has published the following documents about the Hand Therapy Certification program.
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The 2007 Exam Prep Survey Report summarizes the results of a survey of therapists who have recently passed the Hand Therapy Certification Examination. The purpose of the survey was to gather information about how successful candidates prepared for the examination, so that future candidates might benefit from their advice. Click here to download it now.
The Study Group Survey was conducted in 2008, to see how therapists organized and used study groups while preparing for the exam.
Disclaimer: HTCC is providing aggregated survey data to be used only for informational purposes. HTCC does not endorse, promote, review, or wa rrant the accuracy of any information provided, nor by providing this information does HTCC suggest, directly or indirectly, what study methods should be used, nor does HTCC imply that following the suggested methods will result in successful passage of the CHT examination.
Thirty Years of Hand Therapy: The 2014 Practice Analysis was published in the July – September 2016 issue of the Journal of Hand Therapy. The study was performed by HTCC in consultation with Professional Examination Services, the fifth in a series of similar studies performed by HTCC over a 30 year period. The purpose of the study was to gather data on current hand therapy practice to ensure that the content of the Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) examination and credentialing program requirements match current practice. The survey overwhelmingly validated the updated profile. Additionally, the survey explored trends in hand therapy practice and compared findings with previous studies. This analysis led to the revision of the test specifications for the HTCC; the affirmation of the definition of hand therapy; the refinement of the scope of hand therapy practice; and guidance for HTCC policy decisions.
The 2008 Practice Analysis Study of Hand Therapy was published in the October – December 2009 issue of the Journal of Hand Therapy. It describes the results of the 2008 Practice Analysis survey conducted by HTCC, which was the fourth such study performed since 1985. An updated profile of the domains, tasks, knowledge and techniques & tools used in hand therapy was developed. A large-scale online survey of hand therapists from the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand overwhelmingly validated this profile. The results led to the revision of the test specifications of the Hand Therapy Certification Examination. The definition and scope of practice were also refined. Results were used to update HTCC policies regarding certification and recertificaiton eligibility requirements.
The Practice Analysis and Scope of Practice paper was published in the July – September 2002 issue of the Journal of Hand Therapy. It describes the results of the 2001 Practice Analysis survey conducted by HTCC, which was a large scale survey conducted with therapists across the United States and Canada, who rated the clinical behaviors, knowledge, and technical skills in terms of their relevance to practice, and provided information about their own patient populations. It includes the Definition and Scope of Practice as an Appendix.
The Definition and Scope of Practice was adopted by the HTCC Board of Directors in 2002, based on the results of the Practice Analysis survey described above. In addition to the definition and scope of practice, this document includes the scientific knowledge basis of hand therapy, the type of patients seen by hand therapists, and the techniques and tools used by hand therapists.
The Competencies in Hand Therapy paper was published in the January – March 2003 issue of the Journal of Hand Therapy. It provides information about the competencies shown by therapists at specific points of experience. Six competency areas were identified and included in the final survey: scientific knowledge, clinical judgment/clinical reasoning, technical skills, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and resource management. The competency information was obtained as part of the 2001 Practice Analysis.
The 1994 Practice Analysis of Hand Therapy was published in the July – September 1996 issue of the Journal of Hand Therapy. It describes the results of the 1994 Practice Analysis survey conducted by HTCC, which was the second such study performed since 1985. The survey results were used to update the test specifications for the Hand Therapy Certification Examination. The results enabled the Hand Therapy Certification Commission to improve upon its certification program by clarifying and expanding the definition of hand therapy.