Physiotherapy Practice within the Canadian Health Care Context

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The goal of this online course is to provide internationally educated physiotherapists with an understanding of the Canadian health care system, culture and context for practice. Learners are exposed to a diverse range of topics including; cultural competence, the role of the federal and provincial governments, acts and regulations guiding PT practice and client-centered care in a variety of PT roles and settings.

Features of this online course

  • This course is approved by The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) to satisfy gaps in “Knowledge of the Practice of Physiotherapy within the Canadian Healthcare System”.   Please note: This course addresses the Canadian healthcare system.  This course also covers provincial matters.
  • The course runs over a 6 week period.
  • Each of the 6 interactive modules are facilitated by a practicing Canadian physical therapist.
  • Our learning platform Blackboard is available to you 24 hours a day, there is no need to login at a specific time so you can complete the modules on a weekly basis during a time that fits your schedule.
  • Discussion Board: share ideas with other Internationally Educated Physical Therapists, discuss readings, and ask the instructors questions.  The Discussion Boards give you the opportunity to connect with other Physiotherapists in Canada and all over the world.
  • Access to the University of Toronto Library system online resources.
  • Opportunity to join a network of Internationally Educated Physical Therapists who are all working towards gaining licence to practice Physical Therapy in Canada.


This online course takes place over a six week period and is facilitated each week by instructors who are experienced in online learning and health care professional practice in Canada.


The course consists of six sessions:

  1. Introductions, Cultural Competence and Roles of the Canadian Physical Therapist
  2. Client-centered Care
  3. The Role of the Federal and Provincial Government in Health Care
  4. Regulations and Scope of Practice
  5. The Continuum of Care: Where Physiotherapists Work
  6. Teams and the use of Support Personnel and wrap up.

Course Dates

Registration is now closed for the 2017  June Online course as all spots have been filled.  If you would like to be put on our waiting list, please click here and you will be notified if a spot should become available.

Session                                       Session Dates

Winter Session 2017

Registration Closed

                                January 19 2017 – March 2, 2017
Spring Session 2017

Registration Closed


 April 6, 2017 – May 17, 2017
Summer Session 2017


June 8, 2017 – July 20, 2017

Course has Closed All Spots have filled

Fall Session 2017

 *Now accepting registrations

Registration Deadline: September  11, 2017

September 21, 2017 – November 2, 2017


This course is open to internationally educated physical therapists that meet the English Language requirements and have access to a computer and high speed internet.

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 sent to the OIEPB Program via email or mail.   You must have your language requirement approved before the course start date.

A copy of a degree or diploma from a predominantly English speaking country is accepted in lieu of the IELTS or TOEFL test.   If you have any questions regarding this please contact

Additional Requirements

Basic computer literacy with daily access to computer, Internet and email (Please note: the online learning interface is best accessed through a laptop or computer rather than solely through iPad , tablet or equivalent)

Time Commitment

A different topic is covered each week. Students are required to complete the weekly readings, watch videos (some weeks) and participate on a discussion board with the other members of their class. Students should expect to spend 4-6 hours a week on the course.

Online Application and Fees

Online Application Form

There are two steps to register for this online course:

  1. Register and pay for the course by filling out the registration form. Please note that class numbers are limited, and in the event that we meet this limit over a weekend,or outside of office hours, the most recent candidates will have the option of taking the next available session or receiving a refund. We will contact you by email if this applies to you.
  2. Upload a scanned copy of your IELTS or TOEFL score when prompted on the application form.  OR scan and email a copy of your Language Proficiency Requirement to OR mail a copy to the address listed below.


Administration fee: $75

Course fee: $350

Total fees for course: $425

Cancellation Policy

The course will be cancelled and refunds given if there is insufficient registration.  If you withdraw from the course before the course deadline a refund for $350 will be credited to the credit card used for registration and payment.  The $75 administration fee will be retained by the OIEPB program. No refunds or transfers to another session will be allowed after the course deadline.

Click here for the online application form


Program Administrator, OIEPB Program 
Department of Physical Therapy University of Toronto
160-500 University Avenue
Toronto, ON  M5G 1V7

For assistance please email or call 416-946-3414.