Beginner Hand Orthotic Fabrication

BASIC HAND ORTHOSIS FABRICATION (SPLINTING) CourseThis lecture/lab workshop is for the beginner-intermediate level orthosis fabricator (splinter) (OT, PT, COTA, PTA) who would like to improve their static/immobilization orthosis fabrication (splinting) skills, and increase their knowledge of clinical application. The participant will successfully experience a variety of thermoplastics of different thickness and characteristics. They will learn to design patterns and fabricate hand and forearm based orthoses (splints) within a highly intensive, but relaxed teaching environment. Student to faculty ratio is maximum of 6 students to 2 instructors.

Take the Basic & Intermediate course on the same weekend and save! This introductory course is offered on the same weekend as Intermediate Hand Orthotic Fabrication. Students may register for one or both courses on the same weekend. To take advantage of the $15 discount, select the 2-day option from the course drop down on the registration page.


  • Functional Anatomy
  • Splinting principles and biomechanics
  • Splinting precautions and clinical applications
  • Analysis of thermoplastic characteristics
  • Principles of immobilization
  • Custom vs. precut patterns
  • Strapping and padding choices


  • Tools, materials, application of orthosis fabrication (splinting) principles
  • Design and pattern-making
  • Wrist immobilization orthosis (splint)
  • Thumb immobilization orthosis (splint)
  • Hand immobilization orthosis (splint)


  • Identify surface/functional anatomy and considerations crucial to orthotic fabrication (splinting) the hand
  • Describe principles of mechanics specific to immobilization orthotic fabrication (splinting)
  • Describe pre-fabrication considerations related to patient’s functional/physical needs
  • Identify 6 characteristics of thermoplastics and the clinical applications
  • Demonstrate correct use of padding and strapping
  • Design and fabricate wrist, thumb and hand immobilization orthoses (splints)
  • Evaluate and describe the correct fit, clinical applications and effectiveness of each orthosis (splint)


8:30-10:30 Lecture
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12 noon Fabrication of Wrist orthosis (splint)
Lunch on your own
1-3 Fabrication of Hand orthosis (splint)
3-3:15 Break
3:15-5:00 Fabrication of Thumb orthosis (splint) and Q&A


7 hours approved by CA OT Board
7 hours approved by CA OT for AP in hand therapy (#12-H7)
7 hours CA PT Board
Approved by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for .75 CE Units


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