If you have started your credential assessment with CAPR, you may apply to the program. Credentialing should be completed by the program start date.
Pass rates for the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) by our graduates are very high. The pass rate for the PCE Written component (WC) is 80-84%. IEPTs that do not take the bridging program have a PCE-WC pass rate of 55-57%.
Graduates from the OIEPB Program have a 100% employment rate once they have successfully completed their licensure exams.
There is one intake per calendar year. The program runs from September until May of the following year and includes 2 non-paid, full-time clinical internships (4 weeks and 6 weeks).
Fill out the online application form found on our website, upload required documents when prompted or email them to the Program Administrator of the Comprehensive Program at email@example.com; pay the $100 application fee..
Please visit our Comprehensive Program Overview webpage for important admission information including application and admission assessment dates.
Once you are invited to the virtual Admission Assessment, you will receive a Preparation Manual with resources to help you prepare.
Admission to the OIEPB Program is granted based on being credentialed by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators, meeting the eligibility criteria and the threshold of the virtual Admission Assessment. Applicants will be contacted by email within 2 weeks post-assessment date.
I can’t make it for the virtual Admission Assessment. Can I do my virtual assessment on another day?
No, you must attend and complete the virtual assessment on the date it is scheduled. Only those who successfully complete the virtual assessment will be considered for the program.
No. The English proficiency language tests that we accept are either an Academic (Ac) level IELTS or TOEFL iBT. You must have a minimum overall TOEFL iBT score of 92/120 or a minimum overall band score of 7.0 for Ac IELTS.
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 considered for admissions.
You can apply now and indicate on your application which course session you are taking or will be taking. However, this requirement must be met prior to the program start date. 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 OIEPB Program. To participate in these internships, you must be be offered admissions and registered 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?
IEPTS who have been credentialed or in the process of being credentialed by CAPR may submit their application to the bridging program. Only those who meet all admission requirements will be considered.
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 OIEPB Program does not determine whether a candidate’s education is substantially equivalent to the Canadian context. This is the responsibility of 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 the CAPR 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 PCE written component exam. Since you have exhausted your attempts, you would not be eligible to apply to the bridging program.
Would enrolling in the bridging program allow me to start working right away as a PT when I’m finished?
No. 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) Written Component conducted by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR). Once you have passed the PCE Written Component, you may be eligible to apply for your license if you meet the licensing requirements set out by the College of Physiotherapists of 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. If you want a general Masters degree or a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Science, please visit the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto.
Yes, you will be provided with a library barcode to access the extensive online library resources and databases available to students.
Yes, you will be issued a security key for the building once you are registered and enrolled in the bridging program. Only those with security access and Department of Physical Therapy photo ID will be able to use the study rooms after hours and on weekends throughout the year. Please note, access times may change due to U of T policies and regulations.