Upper Extremity Fellowship


Leading Advanced Spine Care

The role of physical therapists in the management of upper extremity related pain is continually growing. This increasing responsibility requires leaders in physical therapy to have advanced training to effectively manage these patients through the continuum of care. We are looking for motivated physical therapists looking to become leaders and experts in advanced  care.

Our Mission: Develop advanced providers and leaders in the professions of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy to provide superior care in the diagnosis and management of simple and complex upper extremity and hand conditions.

Upper Extremity Fellowship



Program Outline
  • 1 year program starting in January performed synchronously with Virtual Hand to Shoulder Fellowship
  • Didactic study through independent study courses via VHSF online platform
  • 36 hours of patient care per week, including 150 hours of direct 1:1 mentoring during patient care hours
  • Full time program accruing at least 1,728 hours of patient care. All hand and upper extremity patient care hours can be used toward the 4000 hours to take the Hand Therapy Certification Examination from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission
  • Diverse and accessible expert faculty with various training backgrounds
  • Integrated interprofessional learning opportunities including rotations with expert physical therapists, occupational therapists, and hand surgeons
  • Weekly labs and patient care opportunities throughout the year including orthosis fabrication
    Case studies, skill competencies, critical article appraisal
Requirements
  • Graduation from an AOCTE-accredited occupational therapy program or CAPTE-accredited physical therapy program
  • Active PT or OT license in the state of PA or NJ
  • Active AOTA or APTA membership
  • One year of clinical experience
  • Some of that experience in hand therapy setting
  • New grad applicants will be considered upon recommendation and field work placement
  • Field work II in Hand Therapy
Occupational Therapists:
  • Physical Agents Modalities Certification
  • 45 CEU’s completed for Hand Therapy prior to start

***Note: Applicant may apply to program prior to completion of prerequisites***
If admitted, matriculation will be contingent upon completing all prerequisites prior to start date (January).

Frequently Asked Questions

No. You must have graduated from an AOCTE-accredited occupational therapy program or CAPTE-accredited physical therapy program and have a valid Pennsylvania or New Jersey license.

There is no cost to apply.

You must:

  • Be a graduate from an AOCTE-accredited occupational therapy program or CAPTE-accredited physical therapy program
  • Have an active PT or OT license in the state of PA or NJ
  • Have an active AOTA or APTA membership
  • Have one year of clinical experience
  • Some of that experience in hand therapy setting
  • New grad applicants will be considered upon recommendation and field work placement
  • Provide proof of Physical Agents Modalities Certification (Occupational Therapists only)
  • Provide proof of 45 CEU’s completed for Hand Therapy prior to start date

A fellowship provides post-graduate professional training in a specialized area of practice. Participation in a fellowship provides a combination of weekly didactic curriculum, lab and interprofessional series, 180 hours of direct 1:1 mentorship, and 1700 hours of clinical practice in specialty area of hand therapy to progress fellows towards becoming an advanced-level clinician in the specialty area of Hand Therapy.

We offer competitive compensation packages with full time benefits commensurate with experience. The cost of the tuition is $10,000. We offer work study programs to fully cover the cost of tuition.


Contact Us

Christine Kettle, DPT, CHT

Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Christine.Kettle@sluhn.org