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Program Updates

Please circulate to all currently registered Physiotherapists and internationally educated Physiotherapists preparing to challenge the Canadian Physiotherapy Competency Exams:

OIEPB Comprehensive Bridging Program

NOW accepting applications for our Comprehensive 10 month PT Bridging Program  
Are you are an internationally educated physical therapist (IEPT) who would like to practice as a physical therapist (PT) in Canada? Would you like help to prepare for the written and practical components of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE)? Would you like clinical experience in the Canadian workplace on your resume? Do you want to start building your network of physical therapists now? If you answered YES to all of the questions above then the PT Bridging Program may be for you. Learn more by visiting our webpage. Space is limited and filling up quickly so apply now for next year's program starting April 2017.  

It is important to note that in order to be admitted into the PT Bridging Program you must meet the requirements and then be assessed. The OIEPB Program will be holding Admission Assessments on Saturday, February 25, 2017 & Sunday, February 26, 2017 only If you are an eligible applicant, you MUST attend one of these Assessment dates. 

Not sure if the bridging program is for you? 

Learn more by reading about Alumni Tathiana Santana Shiguemoto's journey to licensing and practice in the Bridge to Practice series  featured in the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine News:

"The bridging program was so important for me. At the time, my English was poor and I was very shy. It helped me prepare for my Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE), which you must pass to be able to practice in Canada. The bridging program also involves two one-month placements, which gave me work experience in the Canadian healthcare system. I completed placements at Toronto Western Hospital and St. Johns Rehab Hospital. I found these placements very challenging, but I had the support of the bridging program and my classmates. The professors and clinical instructors were really there for me. Afterwards, they even helped me prepare my resume and interview skills. I could not have accomplished all this on my own."

Click here to read the full article.

Still not sure? Learn more about the PT Bridging Program by watching a few videos:
Celebrating Success with the OIEPB Program:

The PT Bridging Program:
Admissions and Assessment Day:

Contact the Program Administrator at to have all your questions answered.  We look forward to receiving your application! 

Exam Skills Preparation (ESP) Workshops

Written Component Workshop (MCQ)
The Written Component Workshop (MCQ) is a skill development workshop to assist participants in preparing for and completing a competency-based multiple choice examination. These skills are valuable for those who are preparing for the Written Component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE). The focus of the workshop is on answering multiple choice questions (MCQs), effective study techniques, and exam-taking preparation. Practice tests during the workshop will be conducted on a computer-based platform.
Full Day. For the 2017 schedule, click here.
Registration form here.


Clinical Component Workshops (OSCE)

The PT Bridging Program and the Department of Physical Therapy offer two different skill development workshops for participants who are preparing for and want practice performing an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). These skills are valuable for those who have passed the Written Component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) and are preparing for the PCE Clinical Component. Clinical Component Workshops A and B target the different needs of participants at different time points before the PCE Clinical Component.

Clinical Component Workshop A: Preparation

This workshop assists participants in identifying a study plan, study strategies, and knowledge or skills that are required for successful completion of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) such as the Clinical Component of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam.
Full Day. For the 2017 schedule, click here.
Registration form for Workshop A here.


Clinical Component Workshop B: Practice Exam (OSCE)
This half day workshop provides the opportunity to cycle through multiple formal OSCE stations, both written and practical, with standardized patients and skilled clinicians as examiners. This workshop will build on the skills learned in Clinical Component Workshop A: Preparation, but can be taken without completing Workshop A.
Half Day. For the 2017 schedule, click
Registration form for Workshop B here.

For more information: visit our ESP Workshop webpage 
ext Workshops start in April 2017.

Physiotherapy Practice within the Canadian Health Care Context

This online course is approved by The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (CAPR) to satisfy gaps in Context of Physiotherapy Practice in Canada.  
The goal of this 6-week online course is to provide internationally educated physiotherapists (IEPTs) 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.
  • Each of the 6 interactive modules are facilitated by a practicing Canadian PT
  • Our learning platform Blackboard is available to you 24 hours a day; login at a time that is good for you to complete the modules on a weekly basis 
  • Discussion Board: share ideas with other IEPTs, discuss readings, and ask the instructors questions.  The Discussion Boards give you the opportunity to connect with other PTs in Canada and all over the world.
  • Access to the University of Toronto Library system online resources.
  • Opportunity to join a network of IEPTs who are all working towards gaining licence to practice Physical Therapy in Canada.
Next Session: January 19, 2017 – March 3, 2017
Application Deadline: January 9, 2017.
Register here.


NEW:  OIEPB and the Department of Physical Therapy is on Twitter!


Keep up with the latest announcements and events of the OIEPB Program and the University of Toronto's Physical Therapy Department on Twitter!

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Season's Greetings from all of us at the University of Toronto's Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy
Bridging Program


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our subscribers and the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration for supporting the PT Bridging Program. We wish each and every one of you a joyous holiday and a New Year filled with good health, peace and prosperity!

If you would like to contact the OIEPB Program for more information you can email us at or visit our website at   

Our mailing address is:
OIEPB Program, University of Toronto
160-500 University Avenue
Toronto, ON, M5G 1V7

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