Practical Program Content

The Internationally Educated Physiotherapist (IEP) Exam Preparation program (IEPEP) has been designed to assist Internationally Educated Physiotherapists (IEPs) and Canadian-trained physiotherapists to prepare for, and successfully complete, the written and the practical components of the Canadian Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE).

Practical Program

The practical exam preparation program is a self-directed study program that takes place over approximately three months.  Registrants must be available to attend three face-to-face events at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, British Columbia).  The practical program includes:

Three Face-to-Face Events:
  • A Baseline Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE):
    • An introductory OSCE consisting of a minimum of 8 x 5 minute stations in a simulated PNE setting.  The Baseline OSCE is followed by individual performance reviews with each of the examiners.
  • A Clinical Lab Day:
    • 3 x 3 hour sessions that cover Neuromusculoskeletal, Neurology, Cardiopulmonary-vascular content areas.  Each session is led by an experienced clinical tutor in a practical setting to review and practice skills and techniques.  An OSCE style approach is used for additional reinforcement of performance requirements in the PNE.
  • A Final OSCE:
    • A final practice OSCE in a simulated PNE setting consisting of 5 x 10 minute practical only stations, 5 x 5 minute practical stations, plus 5 x 5 minute written stations.  The Final OSCE is followed by individual performance reviews with each of the examiners.
An Online Curriculum:
  • Access to the IEPEP Practical Program online content which includes:
    • Over 50 clinical skills videos;
    • A link to 23 Virtual patient Cases (multi–media presentations of complex cases);
    • A discussion board for IEPs in each cohort;
    • An online ‘Resource List of Mentors’ who are available to help participants to practice skills and techniques in preparation for the PNE