Occupational Therapist/Hand Therapist

Full Time Regular
3525 Quakerbridge Road
Hamilton, NJ 08619-1266
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Job Description

 Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) opportunity for our Burlington, NJ outpatient center!

NovaCare Rehabilitation in Hamilton, NJ  is seeking a FULL time Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) or an Occupational Therapist with at least 2 years in Hand Therapy for our outpatient center. We have a local group of OTs and CHTs creating a supportive network of clinicians. You must have completed  have your CHT or 2 years of licensed hand therapy experience to be considered for this opportunity. This is a full time position for an occupational therapist with guaranteed hours. As the lead certified hand therapist you will treat various upper extremity disorders ranging from tendon injuries, sprain / strains, post-operative fractures, etc. You must be skilled in custom splinting.  The Certified Hand Therapist will be working in an energetic center treating referrals from hand and orthopedic surgeons. 

By joining the NovaCare family you will be joining the largest group of hand therapists employed in a single organization. Our national hand therapy program is in 32 states with over 250 CHT’s, and additional 500 hand therapists nationwide.

Unique Job Opportunities:

Preferred: 2-4 years of experience. New grad would be considered based on student experience.  We are looking for a dynamic occupational therapist that has experience with treating a hand/elbow/shoulder case load and a desire to study for the CHT exam, if not already certified. You will have the opportunity to work in collaboration with CHTs/experienced OTs.  We offer a highly successful mentoring program to assist you in obtaining your CHT certification. You will be paired with a CHT mentor and will have access to such resources as an UE Journal Club and CHT Study Group. Already a CHT?  Our hand therapists have free access to the Journals of Hand Therapy and Hand Surgery as well as many others. Select Medical’s Continuing Education Department hosts an annual UE Symposium in addition to live courses, virtual Master Classes, and recorded instructional videos to suit every learning style. Select Medical’s Hand Therapy team is led by world renowned hand therapist Sue Blackmore. Apply today and learn more about the benefits of joining our team!

  • Compensation: Salary starting at $75K/year and increased based on your hand therapy experience.
  • Nationally supported mentorship program therapists interested in pursuing their CHT credentials (available in most regions). Experienced therapist have the opportunity to become a mentor.
  • Education dept: National UE symposium, National journal club, National CHT study group, free local CEU’s, webinar training programs, additional certification course available for UE COMT
  • Hand team meetings in each local area and virtual meetings and training available.
  • Opportunities to observe in physician clinics and work in contracted positions in physician’s clinics
  • Opportunity for research activities
  • Opportunity to teach internal courses on a national  and local level and contribute to other educational activities
  • Opportunity to develop and participate in program development for special populations
  • Hand therapy clinics are fully equipped and provide many treatment options
  • Opportunity to deliver unique programs to industrial workers: on-site visits, on site therapy, work conditioning, FCE, ergonomic assessments and pre-employment testing,

Our Clinicians Enjoy:

  • UNMATCHED continuing education program with internal CEU accrediting courses, company paid certifications, study groups, journal clubs and more.
  • Company matching 401(k) plan
  • Generous Paid Time Off plus Holidays
  • Affordable PPO Benefits with tobacco free discounts
  • Much more!


NovaCare is part of Select Medical's Outpatient Division, a nationally prominent, locally driven provider of outpatient physical rehabilitation with more than 1900 locations in 39 states, including the District of Columbia. Throughout the country we operate primarily as Select Physical Therapy, NovaCare Rehabilitation, Kessler Rehabilitation Center, KORT, Saco Bay Physical Therapy, Concentra,and SSM Physical Therapy. Our highly respected clinical team provides preventative and rehabilitative services that maximize functionality and promote well-being. We develop individualized treatment plans to help achieve each patient's specific goals. Our integrated local market network allows us to effectively partner with physicians, employers, payors and case managers to achieve optimal patient outcomes in a cost-effective manner. We also provide physical therapy and athletic training services to professional sports teams, colleges, universities and high schools. #ACN


  • Responsible for the evaluation, plan of care, treatment, re-evaluation, discharge, and appropriate communications of high quality hand therapy services to patients and customers.
  • Develop treatment plans, supervise assistants and aides, contribute to case management, and provide quality patient care.
  • Maintain positive level of interaction with facilities and clients. Enhance and expand client relations with facilities and their staff.
  • Stay current and up to date with Occupational Therapy research and employ Evidence Based Practice (RCB, clinician expertise, patient perception).


  • Must be a graduate of an accredited school for Occupational.
  • Must hold specialty certification or licensure in Hand Therapy or have completed a Levell Fieldwork under a CHT.
  • National registration and state licensure or registration REQUIRED.
  • MUST have previous,demonstrated marketing experience
  • MUST have solid experience in application of custom splinting pre and post-op orthopedic required.
  • Minimum two years in adult rehabilitation
  • Hand and splinting experience REQUIRED.
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification.
  • Valid state driver’s license.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to lift patients using appropriate biomechanical techniques frequently throughout the course of a work day/shift; must be capable of easily lifting fifty (50) pounds dead weight alone.
  • Ability to walk, bend, stand and reach constantly during a work day/shift.
  • Visual acuity (near and distant) sufficient to evaluate, diagnose and monitor patient needs and to maintain accurate records, recognize people and provide directions.
  • Ability to speak and hear sufficiently to understand and give directions.
  • Ability to push wheeled equipment through the facility.
  • Possess fine motor skills for legible and accurate writing of reports, charting, scheduling, daily correspondence and presentations, either manually or through use of dictation equipment.
  • Possess grasp ability sufficient for cutting splint material.
  • Possess fine motor skills for effective and efficient handling of diagnostic or therapeutic equipment.

Additional Data

Select Medical is committed to having a workforce that reflects diversity at all levels and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment, and employees are treated during employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.


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