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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.

Resource Links 

The following online resources were identified by therapists who recently passed the examination as being helpful in their preparation.  If you have a favorite online resource, please let us know by emailing us at  so that we may add it to this list. (* indicates a free site)

Applications (Apps) for Mobile Devices:

Flashcard Deluxe: An app for your iPhone, iPad or iPod which allows you to access flashcards from the Hand Therapy Resource Center (HTRC) website and view the flashcards on your mobile device. The application is available from iTunes for $3.99. Click here for more information and to recieve the codes for HTRC's subscribers only flashcard decks.

TherapyWhiz: TherapyWhiz was developed to be a quick hand therapy reference for clinicians "on the go" and can be a valuable tool for many therapists.

Muscle Trigger Points: A Reference for the most common trigger points and referral patterns for over 70 muscles. Features 100+ trigger points with their corresponding referral patterns. Each muscle includes the visual referral pattern and point location, plus a written muscle action, referral and comments for each muscle ($2.99 on iTunes).

Mobile OMT Upper Extremity: A comprehensive mobile companion providing manipulative techniques for the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand presented in the context of best current evidence for use in treating upper extremity disorders. Each technique has detailed, step by step written instructions as well as corresponding high-quality video demonstration that includes audio instruction ($22.99 on iTunes).

Ortho App: An orthopedic medical application designed for the medical professional created by medical professionals. It's practical use ranges from student to practicing clinician. An excellent reference tool for board reviews or everyday clinical practice ($14.99 on iTunes).

Learn Muscles: A great reference, testing and education tool. Includes 120 beautiful muscle IMAGES with name, action, origin, insertion and comments, plus 4 embedded VIDEOS explaining the function of the hip, shoulder, back and face muscles ($2.99 on iTunes).

Educational Resources:

Emedicine from WebMD Orthopedic Surgery Articles*

Get Body Smart An Online Review of Human Muscle Actions, Attachments, & Nerve Supply*

Learn the Brachial Plexus in 5 minutes or less*

Loyola University Master Muscle List A quick easy reference for assessing information on the origin, insertion and innervation of muscles*

Learn Your Nerves Website by Lumen*

Neuro Orthopaedic Institute Neuro Orthopaedic Institute Australia is an independent, international group of therapists dedicated to quality pain education and manual therapy and allied health resource distribution*

eORIF A web site developed by Paul Grutter, MD. It presents key orthopaedic information for practicing orthopaedic surgeons. The eORIF web site includes highlighted information on orthopaedic conditions as well as various: surgical procedures, case examples, physical therapy protocols, case cards, outcome measures, inks to manufacture technique guides and links to Orthopaedic Associations*

Online Textbooks:

Wheeless Book of Orthopedics Duke University's online orthopedic textbook*

Eaton Hand Electronic Textbook of Hand Surgery*

Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body electronic textbook*

Merck Manual of Diagnosis medical textbook*

Evidence-Based Practice Resources:

Rehab Plus (you must create an account but the registration is free) McMaster University's Health Information Research Unit provides access to current best evidence from research, tailored to health care interests, to support evidence-based clinical decisions.

CEBM (Center for Evidence Based Medicine)* The Centre for Evidence-based Medicine was established in Oxford as the first of several UK centres with the aim of promoting evidence-based health care. The CEBM provides free support and resources to doctors, clinicians, teachers and others interested in learning more about EBM.

Journal of Hand Therapy Subscription to the Journal of Hand Therapy is free if you are a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT). You must create an account on the JHT site to search for past journal articles.

PubMed PubMed comprises more than 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

Google Scholar*

Glossary of Statistical Terms*

Patient Education:

HEP2go is a free online home exercise program and community*

ASHT Patient Education Resources ASHT provides a collection of Patient Education brochures*

Hand Conditions by The American Society for Surgery of the Hand*

Associations and Professional Organizations

American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) is a professional organization comprised of licensed occupational and physical therapists, some of whom have earned the advanced designation, Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), and who specialize in the treatment & rehabilitation of the upper extremity. ASHT's mission is to advance the science of hand therapy through communication, education, advocacy, research and clinical standards.

American Hand Therapy Foundation (AHTF), is a not-for-profit organization established in 1989, for the purpose of helping to fund therapist seed grants and research projects. AHTF's mission is to fund research and education to advance hand therapy and the quality of patient care throughout the world.

The International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT) represents over 5000 therapists all over the world. The main purposes of the IFSHT is to coordinate the activities of the various societies for Hand Therapy and to increase and enhance the exchange of knowledge of Hand Therapy.

The Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC) is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1989 for the purpose of sponsoring a voluntary credentialing program. From its inception, the Board of Directors of HTCC envisioned a two-step process of Certification and Recertification. Recertification provides assurance to the public that the Certified Hand Therapist continues to meet the high standards set by HTCC. It is the personal responsibility of each Certified Hand Therapist to maintain their certification in order to demonstrate current knowledge and skills.