Graduate Certificate in Bridging to Canadian Physical Therapy Practice


CHART - Financial Advantage for IEPTs completing the Graduate Bridging Certificate Program

Normally the total cost for the Graduate Bridging Certificate is approximately $11,000 - 12,000. However, for the 2021-22 program the faculty is able to extend a subsidy via course waivers to reduce the total course tuition fee cost to $8,800.

Now accepting applications for 2021-22 intake. Virtual admissions (no need to travel) assessments are scheduled throughout Winter/Spring/Summer 2021.

Graduate Bridging Certificate Mission: To facilitate the integration of internationally educated physiotherapists into the Canadian healthcare workplace through education, mentorship, and clinical experience. This 12-month program, offered in a blended format, consists of five courses: two academic courses, two concurrent mentorship courses, and one clinical placement course. The Bridging Certificate Program operates in a cohort model with one intake per year, and all students are required to complete all five courses. Academic course work designed purposely for Internationally Educated Physiotherapists (IEPTs) supports the development of the additional knowledge, skills, and clinical reasoning required to meet Canadian entry-to-practice standards. Cultural and workplace orientation is provided through mentorship and clinical placement to help integration into the workplace.

Who Should Apply?

The Bridging Certificate program is designed for physical therapists educated outside of Canada whose physical therapy education and qualifications have previously been assessed by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators (The Alliance).

Applicants can apply to the program if they are:

  • Credentialed by the Alliance
  • Eligible for the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) but want to enhance preparation
  • Not successful in one or more Physiotherapy Competency Examination attempts
  • A Canadian Citizen OR Permanent Resident of Canada
Application to The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators for a Credential Assessment is the starting point in Canada.