Physical Therapy

Requirements

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Who is Eligible?

An internationally educated physical therapist (IEPT) whose physical therapy education has been assessed by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (The Alliance) and meet any of the criteria below:

  • have been credentialed by The Alliance as substantially equivalent
  • have Canadian Health Care System identified as a gap by The Alliance
  • are eligible for the PCE exam but want to strengthen your knowledge and skills
  • are a failed PCE exam candidate

Alliance Verification of Academic Standards

Upon receiving a candidates application, the OIEPB program will verify with The Alliance that the above stated criteria has been met.

Immigration Status

You must be either a Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee, or a Canadian Citizen and be living in Ontario to be eligible for the OIEPB Program

Ontario Resident

Applicants must be living in Ontario; verified by a rental agreement, utility bill or an Ontario driver’s licence.

Additional Requirements

Applicants must be available to meet academic expectations for:

  • Hours in classroom and home-based studies
  • 2 full time clinical placements (one 5 week & one 4 week placement)
  • Basic computer literacy with daily computer and email access
  • English language requirement met

Language Requirements

English proficiency is a key requirement for professional communications within physical therapy practice. Therefore, language proficiency test scores are a very important part of the application process. To succeed in the academic program, applicants are expected to be strong in all areas of English language communication (reading, writing, speaking and listening). Applicants whose primary language is not English or who graduated from a university where the language of instruction, examination and clinical placement was not English must  show successful completion of one of two of the accepted language proficiency tests, the Test of English as a Foreign Language iBT (TOEFL iBT) or  the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic.  Through experience we have seen that strong English language skills are important for success in the program, and this is why we only accept the IELTS (AC) or TOEFL iBT as a language requirement to ensure fairness and consistency amongst our candidates.

The minimum requirement for admission to the OIEPB program are TOEFL iBT scores of:

  • 92/120 overall and 21/30 on the writing and speaking sections

or IELTS (AC) scores of:

  • An overall band score of 7.0 

A copy of the results must be included in your application package or, if you are planning to take one of the two tests, you must include confirmation of when you are taking the exam.

Alternatively, if The Alliance verifies that English was the primary language of instruction, examination and clinical placement in the entry- to-practice physical therapy education program, the language proficiency test is not required.

Program Fees

Learners will be responsible for paying: Application fee ($100 non-refundable); Assessment fee ($150 non-refundable)  and Tuition fees paid in instalments ($6,000).

In addition to OIEPB tuition fees, plan for approximately $500 for textbooks or resources depending on the books you already have. The bridging program also has a lending library.

Expenses incurred during clinical internships will vary depending on the location of the placement (e.g., travel to organization, relocation costs, fees for immunizations, police record check).

Financial Assistance

Guidance about seeking financial assistance is available.

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has introduced an Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program that provides bursaries of up to $5,000 to internationally trained individuals participating in eligible Ontario Bridging Training programs offered by Ontario colleges and universities. These bursaries cover participants’ direct education costs not covered by the Ontario Student Assistance Program. Such costs can include tuition, books and equipment.

For more information, about the OBPAP bursary program visit the OBPAP webpage. Please note all applicants who are offered Admission and meet the financial and immigration status criteria should apply for the OBPAP bursary.