Basics and Beyond ® Physical Agent Modalities

Basics and Beyond ® Physical Agent Modalities

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CA Advanced Hand 40-H64 3hrs

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Hand Therapy Certification

This course is accepted by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission towards re-certification.


This course is part of the Basics and Beyond series consisting of 20 chapters. It is exceptional for CHT exam preparation as well as to sharpen your clinical skills. Available as a single course or in bundles. Click Here!
Domain of OT, Occupational Therapy Process,

BB Physical Agent Modalities focuses on key areas to improve your clinical knowledge and skills pertaining to the use of physical agents. It provides you methods on how to use and apply thermal and electrical agents. This course is great to gain your foundation.
Mixed level: Intermediate. Online digital book, with 2 video clips, 51 photos, 19 Brain Game quizzes throughout the course to solidify your knowledge. ONLINE LIVE CHAT and discussion board. 80% to redeem your certificate via an online exam consisting of <20 questions. Certificate will be immediately emailed to you upon successful completion.


This course has 15 Brain Game “pop-up” quizzes throughout the course content and numerous photos to enhance your learning. This course has “live chat” feature with an EHT moderator during the course hours and it has a discussion room for course participant interaction.

  • Distinguish superficial heating considerations
  • Recognize the various modes of transfer of heat to tissue
  • Recognize specific modalities for specific pathologies and goals
  • Determine Ultrasound application and energy transfer
  • Identify primary indications for electrotherapy
  • Differentiate between phonophoresis and Iontophoresis indications, benefits, and precautions


  1. Introduction
  2. Superficial heating considerations
  3. Modes of heat transfer
  4. Tissue heating
  5. Hot packs
  6. Paraffin
  7. Fluidotherapy
  8. Whirlpool
  9. Cold effects
  10. Vapocoolant sprays
  11. Contrast baths
  12. Ultrasound
  13. Phonophoresis
  14. Electrical therapy
  15. Iontophoresis
  16. Biofeedback
  17. Light therapy
  18. References
  19. Examination; 80% to pass and redeem your certificate


Paul Bonzani is a graduate of the Occupational Therapy program at New York University. After 10 years in general rehabilitation practice, Paul specialized in hand and upper extremity orthopedics in 1988. He has been the clinical director of three major university programs and has been performing continuing education seminars in the areas of upper extremity orthopedics, peripheral nerve rehabilitation, physical agent modalities and repetitive stress injuries since 1994. He is the author of multiple book chapters and journal articles ranging from repetitive stress injuries to reconstructive microsurgical rehabilitation.

After 27 years of clinical practice, Paul has completed his MHS from the University of Florida in 2007. Paul now resides in Manchester, N.H. and is the clinical lead in hand therapy at Concord Hospital in Concord, New Hampshire.

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    great info and understandable format

  2. Kris Nelson

    Just wanted to let you know I passed the CHT exam. I have no doubt that the online study materials and the purple book I purchased through you were instrumental in helping make it happen. Thank you very much for putting out such a good product.

    Kris Nelson, MPT, CHT

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