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Certified Hand Therapists (CHTs) are occupational or physical therapists with advanced certification reflecting advanced study and experience in treating individuals with conditions affecting the hands or upper extremities, and there are only 7,356 Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) worldwide. 

There is a minimum requirement of 3 years of experience and 4,000 or more direct practice hours in hand therapy to qualify to take to the certified hand therapist examination.

"How can you accrue 4,000 practice hours if no one will hire you due to lack of experience?"


The Virtual Hand to Shoulder Fellowship, LLC, was established to address an educational gap due to limited programming, the high cost of post-professional education, and demographic constraints by offering a comprehensive, accessible, affordable, and innovative education.

We are trained as generalists, but through mentorship, professional development coaching, and, most importantly, the needed comprehensive post-graduate-level education within the specialty of upper extremity and hand rehabilitation, clinicians demonstrate credibility and commitment to providing the highest level of evidence-based patient care.


Next Synchronous Cohort:
Begins January 2023
Meets weekly on Sundays 6:30-8:30 pm EST
For more flexibility, begin anytime asynchronously and attend weekly live mentorship as needed.

Recordings available throughout enrollment

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"Knowledge is Power" -Thomas Jefferson



To advance expertise in examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and management of patients with upper extremity and hand impairment and disability.​


To develop leaders in the field who help bridge the gaps between practice patterns utilizing evidence-based practice and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration.


To prepare physical and occupational therapists to sit for the Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) examination.​

Virtual Hand to Shoulder Fellowship Syllabus 

VHSF Video Lab