Once you are credentialed, you can apply to the program.
Pass rates for the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) by our graduates are very high. The pass rate is 80% for the Written component and 82% for the Clinical component compared to 48% for the Written and 57% for the Clinical components by Internationally educated physiotherapists (IEPTs) that did not go through the bridging program. These 2014 National Pass Rates were reported and released by CAPR.
Graduates from the OIEPB Program have a 100% employment rate once they have successfully completed their national exams.
There is only one start date per year. The program runs for 10 months from April until February the following year.
Fill out the online application form found on our website, upload and/or email all the required documents to the Program Administrator of the Comprehensive Program and pay the application fee once you submit your form.
We accept applications throughout the year. Many IEPTs start submitting their online applications in September.
Once you are offered an Admission Assessment date, you will receive a Preparation Module with more information to help you prepare.
Admission to the Bridging Program is granted based on being credentialed by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators, meeting the eligibility criteria and the threshold of the OIEPB Program Admission Assessment. Candidates will be contacted by email 2-4 weeks post assessment date.
No, you must attend in person on the date offered to you. Only those who successfully complete the assessment will be considered for the program.
No. We only accept 2 English proficiency language tests. One is the TOEFL iBT with an overall score of 92/120 and 21/30 on the writing and speaking sections and the other is the Academic Level of IELTS with an overall band score of 7.0.
Can I join the program with an IELTS score of 6.5 and retake the test during the program to meet your requirement?
No. Only those who meet the minimum overall band score of 7.0 will be accepted into the program.
You can apply now and indicate on your application which course session you are taking or will be taking. However, we strongly recommend you complete this course as soon as possible. If the maximum number of applicants is reached before the deadline application date then only those who meet all the entry requirements will be given first consideration and you will be placed on a wait list.
Clinical internships are only offered as part of the 10 month Comprehensive Bridging Program curriculum. To participate in these internships, you must be enrolled in the program.
I am considering relocation to Canada. Can I apply to the bridging program now or do I have to complete my evaluation with the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) first?
You must complete your evaluation and be credentialed by CAPR before you can apply to the bridging program. Your first step would be to visit the CAPR website to learn more and start your credentialing process. Once you are credentialed, you can apply to the program.
Can you assess my resume and other supporting documents attached and advise if I can work as a PT in Canada?
Physiotherapy practice in Canada is a regulated profession. The University of Toronto does not determine whether a candidate’s education is substantially equivalent to the Canadian context. This is the sole responsibility of the regulators, in particular the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR). If your goal is to work as a PT in Canada, then you should contact the CAPR to start this process. You can find more information about this on their website.
I don’t have any written component PCE attempts left. If I take the bridging program and finish it, can I take the written component of the PCE again?
No. CAPR only allows 3 attempts for the written components of the PCE. Since you have exhausted your attempts, you would not be eligible to apply to the bridging program.
Would enrolling in this 10 month bridging program allow me to start working right away as a PT when I’m finished?
Physiotherapists require a license to practice in all provinces and territories. Since physiotherapy is a regulated profession, you must successfully pass the Physiotherapy Competency Exams (PCE) conducted by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR). Once you have passed the PCE, you can apply for your license with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario or to the College within the province you intend to work.
I’m a foreign trained physiotherapist. Can I apply to the bridging program as an International student with a study visa or permit?
No. Applicants must be either a Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee, or a Canadian Citizen to be eligible for the OIEPB Program.
I was born in Canada and received my Bachelors degree in Physiotherapy abroad. Am I eligible to apply to the bridging program?
Yes, you can apply to the program as long as you are credentialed by CAPR and meet all the requirements.
Can I take the online course Physiotherapy Practice Within the Canadian Health Care Context while I'm waiting for my immigration and credentialing to be approved?
Yes, you can register and complete the online course while still living in your source country as long as you meet the language requirements.
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
As part of the Department of Physical Therapy and the Faculty of Medicine, we have access to all of the resources of one of the finest medical faculties in the country. Being in a large urban centre we also have access to a wide variety of community settings for two clinical internships. With the support of faculty, staff and community partners, you will have opportunities to network with Canadian physiotherapists, build your professional portfolio and benefit from our transition to the workplace resources. You will gain confidence and have the knowledge and skills to practice as a physiotherapist anywhere across Canada.
I am an internationally trained physiotherapist with a Bachelors degree. Can I get my Master's degree through the bridging program at U of T?
No. The bridging program can help you towards obtaining your licensure to practice. Once you are an independent autonomous practitioner, you can explore the MScPT Advanced Standing Option offered by the Department of Physical Therapy. This is a professional graduate degree program that allows eligible physical therapists with a BScPT to acquire the MScPT degree. This 12-month program includes both online and on-site courses – a hybrid model providing an enriched educational experience. The focus of this program is on the integration of research to practice.
Will I have access to the U of T libraries and to online library resources when I'm enrolled in the bridging program?
Yes, you will be issued a library card once you are enrolled in the program which will allow you to borrow books from the multiple libraries on three U of T campuses. You will also be able to access the extensive online library resources available to students.
Yes, you will be issued a security key for the building once you are enrolled in the bridging program. Only those with security access and U of T photo ID will be able to use the study rooms after hours and on weekends throughout the year.