Were you educated as a physical therapist outside of Canada? Do you have a colleague who was? Two well-established programs are available to assist IEPTs and physical therapists returning to practice or seeking a skill refresh.
The Internationally Educated Physiotherapists Exam Preparation (IEPEP) Program is a self-directed program that assists Internationally Educated Physiotherapists (IEPs) in their preparation to sit the national Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) and to enter clinical physiotherapy practice in British Columbia.
The IEPEP Program, offered through UBC, is open to Canadian-trained physical therapists who may wish to refresh their skills or competencies, or who have been out of practice and are required to sit the PCE for re-entry into practice. The IEPEP program encompasses both theoretical and practical components, and includes practice examinations and workshops which focus on knowledge, clinical skills, and clinical reasoning.
The Post-Baccalaureate Bridging to Canadian Physical Therapy Practice Certificate is a part-time blended program with online learning modules, weekend lab sessions and clinical mentorship plus a full clinical placement. To date, IEPTs from Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have completed the program/certificate. Attendance for in-person sessions is kept to 3-4 weekends per term and mentorship sessions and clinical placements are arranged within the IEPT’s home community. This makes the certificate possible for IEPTs living in western Canada.
This program is also available for Canadian educated physical therapists who want to return to practice or just want a refresher course.