Qualifications of a Certified Hand Therapist
Hand therapists typically have a Master's degree in Occupational or Physical Therapy. Some schools allow students to earn a hand therapy certificate or have hand therapy courses available, which may include foundations of hand therapy, functional anatomy, joint pathology and diseases affecting the hand. A Bachelor's degree is required to earn a Master of Science, and Master's degree programs usually take two years. Some hand therapists choose to become certified by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC), which has strict requirements for certification that include 4,000 hours of hand therapy practice and 5 years of experience.