Graduate Certificate in Bridging to Canadian Physical Therapy Practice

OSCE Workshops 2020


The Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine is pleased to offer continuing education for internationally educated physical therapists (IEPTs). Our Faculty has both a Canadian accredited MScPT professional entry-level program and a Graduate Certificate in Bridging to Canadian PT Practice. In addition, we have been helping IEPTs with both written and clinical examination preparation through workshops for several years.

Our instructors have clinical content expertise as well as expertise in teaching and examining.  With many years of IEPT educational programming in our faculty we are very knowledgeable about the learning needs of IEPTs. Our programming is focused on facilitating the professional growth of IEPTs who are planning to work in Canada. 

Check back for upcoming 2020 OSCE dates. 

Contact for more information.

Note: The workshop will NOT provide “bridging” or a content review of physical therapy practice in Canada, but rather strategies for any OSCE exam. Attendees will develop skills and strategies for writing OSCE examinations.

Register HERE for one of the upcoming Clinical Exam Preparation (OSCE format) workshops(space is limited).

  • OSCE 2020

    The OSCE workshop is aimed at participants who would like to further develop their understanding of the process of the OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation) as an assessment of competency for physiotherapists.  

    The workshop includes a morning and afternoon session. The morning session is a lecture/seminar focused on the basic skills required, how to read and interpret station instructions, strategies for performance within the station and application/discussion of these with practice scenarios. This session should be completed first, if possible, to achieve better understanding of how to study for an OSCE.  The afternoon session will be a Clinical Skills OSCE exam including 6 stations. For these Clinical Skills OSCE workshops, attendees will complete each station and receive immediate feedback and improvement tips from the station examiner.

    Date: TBD

    Location: University of Alberta Edmonton, University of Alberta Calgary Campus, Edmonton, AB AND Department of Physical Therapy, U of A Calgary Campus, 906 - 8 Avenue SW MAP Calgary, AB  

    Maximum number of students: TBD

    Fees:  Registration: $425 to attend the full day in Edmonton or Calgary, $625 to attend full workshop in Calgary + Edmonton Clinical Stations, $200 to attend Edmonton A.M. session

    Instructors:  Michelle Barnes, Bernadette Martin, Barbara Norton, Gabriela Abbud

    Location: University of Alberta, 8205 114 Street, Corbett Hall, Edmonton, AB AND  Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta - Calgary Campus, 906 - 8 Avenue S.W.. Calgary Alberta

    Cancellation Policy:  If there is insufficient registration the workshop will be cancelled and refunds given. If there is sufficient registration no refunds will be given to those who fail to attend.

  • 16 Station OSCE Winter 2020

    OSCE dates and additional info coming soon

  • OSCE Instructors

    Michelle Barnes graduated from the University of Alberta in 2002 with her Physiotherapy Degree. Prior to that, she completed degrees in Education, and Physical Education. She started her career in private practice, working in a clinic in suburban Edmonton for 9 years before taking a position at the Glenrose in 2011. While at the Glenrose, Michelle had the chance to switch from treating the ‘typical’ musculoskeletal injuries seen in private practice, to treating an outpatient neurology population including people who had experienced a stroke or traumatic brain injury. 

    While at the Glenrose she also had the opportunity to work as the site Clinical Coordinator for Student Placements, providing student orientation and generally helping to arrange clinical placements. She was also a teaching assistant in the University’s spinal mobilization class, an opportunity that eventually led her back to the University of Alberta in 2013 when she took on the role of running the student physiotherapy clinic. And then the Alberta Internationally-Educated Physiotherapist Bridging Program (now the Certificate Program) opportunity came along. Michelle’s role is to develop and instruct the Saturday labs, coordinate the mentorship component of the bridging program, and serve as the clinical placement coordinator. 

    Barbara Norton has over 30 years of clinical, leadership and teaching experience. Clinical work included both hospital based and private practice experience as well as management and professional practice leadership.  17 years of educational experience includes designing curriculum, evaluation and teaching in both the MScPT and bridging programs at the U of A in the areas of  foundations of physiotherapy practice, communication, ethics and professional practice

    Bernadette Martin is a long time physical therapist who has been with the Faculty of Rehab Med since 2005. Berni was lead for the MScPT Program from 2007-2016 and has been the Academic Advisor for the FRM Bridging Program and Certificate since its inception. Berni brings experience in curriculum, course and assessment development. 

  • Schedule & Fees

    Register now for the Clinical Exam Preparation (OSCE format) workshops. These are offered at our Edmonton and Calgary sites. The workshop schedule for 2019-20 includes: 

    2019/2020 OSCE DATES


    2020 (date TBD)

    16 Station Full OSCE in Edmonton


    October 19, 2019

    - Edmonton Lecture on Oct 19 & Clinical Stations on November 2nd, 2019 OR Calgary Lecture & Clinical Stations on October 19th, 2019


    October 19 in Calgary + November 2 Edmonton Clinical 

    - Calgary Lecture & Clinical Stations on October 19th, 2019 AND Edmonton Clinical Stations on November 2nd, 2019


     October 19th in Edmonton (AM session only)

    - Edmonton Lecture on October 19, 2019