Upper Extremity Rehabilitation Track

Post-professional OTD in Upper Extremity Rehabilitation

30 credit hour hybrid (online and lecture) program

The post-professional OTD Upper Extremity Rehabilitation track provides an opportunity for occupational therapists who have an entry-level master’s or BA degree in occupational therapy or equivalent to complete a 30 credit-hour track. The upper extremity rehabilitation curriculum can be completed in five 13-week courses, consisting of course work focused on upper extremity rehabilitation ending with a capstone experience. Each course is offered in an online format with on-site competency testing in psychomotor skills, physical exams and orthotics demonstration.

This OTD post-professional track is an option for potential candidates who are currently licensed as an occupational therapist by a state regulatory board in good standing with professional regulatory agencies that includes state licensing boards and the national board of certification in occupational therapy (NBCOT).

We also offer a post-professional OTD general track of study.


The track is offered with a blended learning format that features online coursework and on-site instructor led skill development and competency. Students are guided through the course content with unit-by-unit breakdowns of course content that includes virtual interactions between students and occupational therapy faculty. Faculty are certified hand therapists (CHT’s) who have experience in owning and managing hand therapy clinics, have participated on hand transplant teams, have conducted research on upper extremity rehabilitation and have current experience in evidence-informed orthotics. See our course curriculum.

Career Opportunities

All occupational therapy practitioners would benefit from advanced knowledge of upper extremity rehabilitation in a variety of practice areas:

  • Hand Therapy
  • Acute Care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Academia
  • Long Term Care/Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Home Health
  • Schools

Experiential Learning

The program offers state-of-the art experiential learning in demonstration, skill development and competency testing using innovative technology. Students will receive state-of-the-art education and develop clinical skills
necessary to be competitive in today’s marketplace. These skills include physical examination and diagnosing, fabrication and application of custom orthotics and business management skills necessary to provide productive and competitive functional outcomes. This course will enable the graduate to develop clinical knowledge to be competitive in the goal market.