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You are eligible to apply if you are an internationally educated physical therapist (IEPT) whose physical therapy education has been assessed by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) and meet any of the criteria below:
- have been credentialed by the CAPR as substantially equivalent
- are eligible for the PCE exam but want to strengthen your knowledge and skills
- are a failed PCE exam candidate
and meet the Language Requirements of the OIEPB Program (see below).
CAPR Verification of Academic Standards
Upon receiving an application, the OIEPB program will verify with the CAPR that the above stated criteria have been met.
Applicants must be either a Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee, or a Canadian Citizen and be living in Ontario to be eligible for the OIEPB Program.
Applicants must be living in Ontario. This must be verified by a rental agreement, utility bill, passport or an Ontario driver’s licence.
Applicants will also be expected to meet the following:
- Participate in all onsite sessions, afternoon online events and interact with peers and facilitators in online learning environment
- Complete 2 full-time clinical placements (one 4-week & one 5-week placement)
- Basic computer literacy and email access
- Have access to a laptop or desktop computer (tablets and cellphones may not be compatible with online learning events)
- Ability to participate in web-based sessions (webcam, microphone, speakers, high speed internet connection, quiet place to connect to online events)
- Fulfil English language requirement
- Openness, motivation and commitment to participate respectfully in a community of self-directed learners
- Applicants must have completed a course related to the Knowledge of the Practice of Physiotherapy within the Canadian Healthcare System, such as Physiotherapy Practice within the Canadian Health Care Context offered by the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, prior to starting the bridging program.
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 OIEPB Comprehensive Bridging 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 applicants.
The minimum requirement for admission to the Comprehensive Bridging 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 e.g. payment receipt.
Alternatively, if the CAPR 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 requirement may be waived by the Program Director.
Participants will be responsible for paying:
- Application fee: $100.00 (non-refundable)
- Assessment fee: $175.00 (non-refundable)
- Tuition Fee: $12,000.00 Cdn (non-refundable)**
**Tuition will be paid in installments. Details available to candidates upon request.
Please note there will be no tuition fee refunds given to those who withdraw from the program
In addition to the 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.
Costs for accommodation in Toronto for the eight onsite sessions and transportation are the responsibility of the learners. All arrangements are the sole responsibility of the learner.
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).
Guidance about seeking financial assistance is available.
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities offers an Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program that provides bursaries of up to $5,000 to internationally trained professionals participating in eligible Ontario Bridging Training programs offered by Ontario colleges and universities. Funding is renewed on an annual basis and not always guaranteed. These bursaries cover participants’ direct education costs to include tuition, books and equipment. Applications for OBPAP are submitted once you are accepted and enrolled in the program. Application to the bursary does not guarantee receipt of a bursary award.
Please note the Comprehensive Bridging Program is a non-OSAP approved program. Although the bridging program is hosted by the University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy it is not part of the regular university programming and therefore not approved by OSAP.
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 AFTER the start of the comprehensive bridging program starts.
Please note: Tuition fee payments to the OIEPB program are made prior to the application process for the OBPAP bursary.