PROGRAMS

This comprehensive program is designed to provide educational opportunities for internationally educated physiotherapists to bridge their knowledge, skills and experience to meet the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) entry-to-practice requirements. You will have access to supervised clinical practice opportunities and support to integrate into the Canadian workplace.

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This course is approved by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) and meets their credentialing requirements. This six week online course is facilitated by experienced Canadian physiotherapists.

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These workshops help you prepare for the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) written and clinical component exams. With a focus on exam-taking skills and studying techniques, these workshops will help you get ready to challenge your PCE examinations.

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Graduate Testimonials:

I want to share with you the good news that I received this morning [Apr 2024] from the College: I successfully passed the OCE !!! I can officially apply for an Independent Practice Certificate! I can’t believe I did it. I want to tell you that I couldn’t have done it without all your support and guidance. You gave me enough courage to try it and to believe in myself. The Bridging Program and the experience that I gained during the course and placements prepared me to really focus and to feel strong enough to pursue what I wanted. Thank you so much for your passion, your generosity, your kindness, and your patience with all of us. (Ana S.R., Class of 2023)

 

Hi OIEPB team, I’m writing this email to inform you that I’ve passed my clinical exam!!!!!! I’m beyond happy and would like to thank you for all the support during this journey ❤️ (Fabiana M.L., Class of 2023)

 

I would like to share that my experience on the first clinical internship was amazing! I had the opportunity to learn a lot from a wonderful and knowledgeable team in Inpatient Neuro Rehab. It helped me refresh my memory, and in addition it increased my self-confidence in communicating and with interacting with the patients, documenting, listing patient’s problems, goals, and establishing efficient treatment plans, performing outcome measures and using them to enhance the treatment plan. I felt way more competent to practice after finishing the internship in comparison to when I started it. (Haris V., Class of 2024)

 

Clinical placement provided a great opportunity to apply our learnings in Canadian context and use that knowledge to succeed. Great learning experience in patient centered, evidence based physiotherapy practice.  (Chandra Y., Class of 2024)

 

“I would like to inform you that I have become a registered physiotherapist in [Jun ’23], through the interview process. I wanted to say a big Thank you for your unlimited support to achieve a very big milestone in my life, my wife and I are very thankful to you and your team. It was a wonderful learning experience at OIEPB, could hardly be better than this!  (Harish G., Class of 2021).

 

“I am overjoyed to inform you that I have successfully passed the [July 2023] PCE Written Exam. This is a significant milestone in my academic journey. I am deeply appreciative of the role each of you has played in shaping my education, knowledge, experience, and skills, and enabling me to succeed. This achievement would not have been possible without the Bridging Program, and the support and encouragement of all of you. I am really fortunate to have had the opportunity to be part of such a remarkable educational community.”  (Ana S.R., Class of 2023)

 

“It is with much pleasure that I inform you that I passed my [July 2023] PCE exam! I just got the results earlier today. I cannot be more grateful for everything the program has done! I am forever grateful! Thank you!!!”  (Fabiana M.L., Class of 2023)

 

“I am happy to inform you I have successfully completed my Ontario Clinical Exam and I am now qualified to apply for Physiotherapy Independent License.
I am very grateful to the entire OIEPB team and faculty. The skills I gained during the program not only helped me pass the exams but made me into a much better Physiotherapist. Please let me know if there are more ways to support the program in the future. The program has really helped my career. Thank you once again.”  (Titilayo U.,  Class of 2021)

 

“I just would like to thank you all once more for being part of my journey to get back to practice. This week [May 2023] I finally got my independent practice license with no restrictions after a successful screening interview. I took the exam exemption path, and even though having a screening interview was something not expected at our time together where the clinical exams were suspended, the learning and the experiences at OIEBP were fundamental for the success at this final step. A huge thank you!  (Emanuela G., Class of 2021)

 

“I just want to share the news that I cleared the screening interview and now [May 2023] I am a registered PT in Ontario. I have been working at Scarborough health network for almost 1 and half year in Nephrology/Medicine and will be transitioning to Ortho and Surgery soon. I really want to thank UofT Bridging program professors that provided guidance and education to accomplish my dream to become fully licensed PT. (Rahenuma S., Class of 2020).

 

“Thank you for all your help and guidance which helped me to reach this goal [in May 2023]. In 2016, I was involved in a motor vehicle accident and suffered catastrophic injury. The dream of becoming a registered PT in Canada was a dream. I wouldn’t have achieved this milestone without the experience I had in the Bridging Program. Thank you.”  (Balveen B., Class of 2020)

 

“I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for all that you have done for me during my course in OIEPB Class of 2021. I felt so fortunate to have had the opportunity to start my career as Resident Physiotherapist since Jan ’23 with William Osler Health System. I also approached my next phase as Registered Physiotherapist after I succeeded my Clinical Examination in March ’23. Your support and encouragement have been instrumental in helping me to achieve my academic and career goals. Thank you for being a wonderful mentor and shaping both our professional and personal life. I will forever cherish all the lessons your team imparted.”  (Simi A,, Class of 2021)

 

“Passed the OCE in Jan 2023 and settling in to my new position at Sunnybrook Hospital, thank you!” (Matthew W., Class of 2022)

 

“I wanted to inform you I passed the college Quality Assurance Interview successfully, with a score of 41/42. Thank you so much again for your support and your help. I will never forget the bridging program team and their efforts for internationally educated physiotherapists.”  (S. Reza T., Class of 2019)

 

“I just want to give you an update. I passed the OCE and working as a physiotherapist at Queensway Carleton Hospital and at a Neuro Clinic here in Ottawa. Please send my regards and thanks to everyone in the program. Let them know that I truly appreciate the support and knowledge they have given me to achieve this milestone.” (Arjie C., Class of 2020)

 

“I am delighted to tell you that I got the offer letter from Halton healthcare…I cannot believe things happened with me the way I thought. I am very excited to start my journey as a physiotherapist in Canada. I also wanted to share that my interview for this job went so well that I myself could not believe. All the hard work which I did during the bridging program helped me throughout this time period. A lot more to come!” (Kuljot K., Class of 2022)

 

“I’m currently a fully licensed physiotherapist. Thanks to the OIEPB team. Can’t wait to see you all again.” (Abha M., Class of 2020)

 

“I am writing to share my good news of passing the OCE Exam . I am grateful for the classes and resources that were given through OIEPB . Also thankful for the time, concern and effort from all academic, administrative  and clinical staff.” (Mariam S., Class of 2019)

 

“I would like to say thanks to you and your awesome staff. I passed the OCE… and will be grateful to U of T Physical Therapy Faculty forever.” (Vas R., Class of 2019)

 

“I passed my interview. Finally done with all license work. I also got the job at Georgetown Hospital. Thank you for the support.” (Zahidah B., Class of 2020)

 

“Just wanted to share exciting news with you! I recently (September) I passed my screening interview with the college with flying colours and got my independent License [to] practice. Working full time at Pt health in Stratford, [ON].”  (Amrinder K., Class of 2018)

 

“I am very happy to share with you that I have successfully completed the screening interview process under the [College of Physiotherapists of Ontario’s] exam exemption policy. It has significantly boosted my confidence. Nothing would be possible without your ongoing support. Thanks again to the entire OIEPB team for supporting me in this journey & to achieve my goals!” (Renjith R. S., Class of 2021)

 

“I would like to share good news with you. I got a job [with] Scarborough Health Network hospital…as a resident physiotherapist. Thank you very much for all your guidance and support. I can’t explain enough my gratitude to the OIEPB team.” (Halima K., Class of 2020)

 

“I am pleased to announce that I have passed the [July 2022] PCE written exam. It is only the first step but it is a significant milestone. I am happy to share this news with you all. And thank you so much again for everything you have contributed to make this happen.” (Matthew W, Class of 2022)

 

“It is my pleasure to inform you that I passed the written PCE which was held on March 12, 2022. As I look back, I think I have become more responsible, committed and successful because of the values instilled in me from the day I entered U of T. Please pass along my thanks to the entire team. Thank you for all the effort you have put to help me become what I am today. I hope to cherish all the beautiful memories and stay connected with you wherever I move in my career.” (Simi A,  Class of 2021)

 

“On behalf of the OIEPB Class of 2021, CONGRATULATIONS on being the recipient of the 2021 OPA Special Award! You are any amazing team of professionals who took an exceedingly difficult situation and successfully provided an exceptional educational experience. We are proud to have been your class this year!” (Charlene B., Susan C., and the entire OIEPB Class of 2021)

 

“The bridging program has been the best thing I’ve done…and helped me get through one of the most testing times in my life. I never realized just how difficult it is for immigrants to come to a different country and try to be the same person they were back home. I have so much respect for people who have done this before me. [The program] has given me so much perspective, so much hope, so much courage and because of that, the future for me and my family is bright. It feels so amazing to be finished! I hope I can go forth and do the profession proud now..” (Michael D., Class of 2019)

 

“I cannot thank you enough for creating such a platform for IEPTs. Your mentorship and encouragement that you poured in me has lead to this day of success.  I am forever indebted to your kindness and support that I received since my first day at UofT. I shall do my best to carry on our tradition of helping and supporting our very own people.” (Tenzin T., Class of 2018)

 

“Internationally trained Physiotherapist coming to Canada should certainly consider this program as priority to get assistance with licensing exams, work experience and networking with clinicians. The program was really awesome, advantageous, and fabulous…I would definitely recommend it to others.”  (Mujahid T., Class of 2016)

 

“The March results are out and I can finally say that I have PASSED the written component and I couldn’t do this alone. Thank you so much for helping me believing on myself again and making me remember the professional I am. Muchas gracias de todo mi corazón – thank you from the bottom of my heart.” (Manuel S., Class of 2019)

 

“Thank you! I was trembling as I key-in my CAPR pin for the May PCE, followed by screaming and crying. My kids ran up to me to find out what happened to mommy. I passed and I have a grateful heart to each one of you.” (Frances S., Class of 2019)

 

“I just accepted a job offer last week…The bridging program has helped equip me with the skills and knowledge so that I will be able to work and collaborate with other healthcare professionals to create the highest quality and safest patient care possible. I would not have done it without all your help and support, and for that, I am profoundly grateful.”  (Minette T., Class of 2017)

 

“…I am joining a team of physiotherapists at a downtown hospital. I always wanted to work in an environment that will help me grow professionally.”  (Madhi H., Class of 2015)

 

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The Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program is supported by the Department of Physical Therapy, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.