OIEPB Comprehensive Bridging Program

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Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging (OIEPB) Program

The 10 month Comprehensive Bridging Program is accepting applications for 2018-2019. Admissions is OPEN until January 12, 2018, 12pm EST.  If the number of applicants reaches the maximum before this date, admissions will be closed and you will be placed on a wait list.

Please follow the instructions below to be considered for an Admission Assessment:

  • Please review the Requirements webpage before applying
  • Complete the online application form
  • Upload and/or email all required documents to iept@utoronto.ca
  • Submit the form and pay the non-refundable Application Fee by credit card when prompted
  • Use the payment link in your confirmation email to pay the non-refundable Admission Assessment fee by credit card

The Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging (OIEPB) Program is designed to provide educational opportunities for physical therapists educated outside of Canada to develop the additional knowledge, skills and clinical reasoning required to meet Canadian entry-to-practice standards and succeed in the Canadian workplace. The Comprehensive Bridging Program provides an opportunity to refresh skills, gain support from a network of peers and mentors, experience the Canadian healthcare workplace first-hand, and gain assistance in job and career planning. OIEPB is offered through a partnership with the University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy and the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI). The 10-month Comprehensive Bridging Program for 2018-2019 will be offered with online and onsite learning components. This will enable a greater opportunity for applicants who live outside of the Toronto area to join the program. Watch the video below to learn more about the OIEPB Program.

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As a physical therapist (PT) educated outside Canada, you bring a wealth of skills and experience. If you have been credentialed by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR), you may still wish for more assistance  in preparing  for the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) and joining the Canadian healthcare workplace.

Did you know that Internationally trained physical therapists who have taken the OIEPB program score HIGHER on the Physiotherapy Competency Exams conducted by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulator than those who do not enroll in the program? OIEPB Pass rates are 80% (Written Component) and 82% (Clinical Component) compared to non-OIEPB 48% (Written Component) and 57% (Clinical Component).

Many of our learners found they wanted help:

  • Refreshing their physical therapy knowledge and skills in preparation for the PCE
  • Building exam-taking skills for multiple choice question (MCQ) and practical skill exams
  • Understanding and adapting to the PT role and scope of practice in Canada
  • Performing as autonomous healthcare practitioners
  • Learning how to manage social and cultural differences in the workplace
  • Practicing and interacting with patients and other healthcare providers in English
  • Building a professional network as they start their career within the Canadian workplace

Our Vision is to create an adult learning environment, building upon a learner’s education and clinical experience to promote, improve, and maintain the mobility and function of Canadians.

The Goal of the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging (OIEPB) Program is to enhance the internationally educated physical therapist’s (IEPTs) professional and clinical competencies to qualify for practice as an autonomous practitioner within the Canadian healthcare system.

Watch the videos below to learn about the Comprehensive Bridging Program from our Alumni.


Program Overview

The Comprehensive Bridging Program runs once a year from mid-April to mid-February. The curriculum is delivered as a mix of online opportunities and onsite practice. This delivery format will enable flexibility for all learners and greater access to the program for those living outside the Greater Toronto Area. Please see the calendar below.

  • 8 onsite sessions at the Rehabilitation Sciences Building, St. George Campus, University of Toronto, Canada
  • online learning events every Tuesday afternoon
  • online interaction, assignments and resources
  • continuous learning opportunities across the whole program

Two clinical internships in September and January provides:

  • hands-on client care and practice within the Canadian healthcare system
  • greater understanding of the culture and context within the clinical workplace
  • professional networking and career building

Through online and onsite discussion with peers, faculty and mentors, participants:

  • build self-confidence
  • feel supported by a community of peers
  • practice professional and practical skills needed to succeed in the PCE and Canadian workplace

Important Features of the Comprehensive Bridging Program include:

  • Opportunity to refresh skills and integrate clinical reasoning to the Canadian context
  • Mentorship by practicing physical therapists
  • Exposure to the Canadian healthcare workplace through 2 unpaid clinical internships
  • Transition to the Workplace support through help with resume writing, interview preparation and practice of professional behaviours

Important Dates

OIEPB Comprehensive  Bridging Program Important Dates Date 
Information Session (free, optional event) Wednesday, November 8, 2017  6:30-8:30pm
Application Deadline (admissions are competitive, apply now – deadline has been extended) January 12, 2018 by 12pm EST
Admission Assessment I February 24, 2018
Admission Assessment II February 25, 2018
Admission Assessment III (will be held if numbers of applicants exceed Admission Assessment I & II  capacity) February 23, 2018
Comprehensive Bridging Program Start: Online April 16, 2018
Comprehensive Bridging Program Start: Onsite April 23, 2018

* Please note if the number of applicants reaches the maximum class size before the deadline date, you will be placed on a waitlist. Apply now as this program is popular and competitive.

Information Sessions

Throughout the year the OIEPB Program hosts Information Evenings.  This free information session will give IEPTs an opportunity to learn more about the program, meet the program staff and faculty, and have the opportunity to meet former OIEPB learners. The next OIEPB Information Session will be held on:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 pmRehabilitation Sciences Building, 500 University Avenue, Room 140, Toronto Ontario, M5G 1V7.

Please fill out this Registration Form if you are interested in attending the OIEPB Information Session.

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Contact Information

If you have additional questions, please contact the Program Administrator by email at iept@utoronto.ca or call

The Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program is funded by:

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