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Important Dates

2022 Exams
April 25 - May 14
October 24 - November 12



Application Deadlines: April 15th for the May exam and October 15th for the November exam.
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 module can be downloaded as a pdf 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.

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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

Netter's Orthopaedics
Green, W

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.

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

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.

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
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 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

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.

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

Clinical Examination of the Shoulder
Ellenbecker, T

Shoulder Reconstruction
Neer, C.A.

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

Wound Management Principles and Practice
Myers, B

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.

Ultimate Anatomy Flash Cards

Edwards, Bryan

Trail Guide to the Body
Biel, Andrew
Books of Discovery

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.)


Apps AnatomyMapp (App)
Books of Discovery 

PalpationMapp (App)
Books of Discovery