The bridge training program is offered by the Université de Montréal under the title of Programme de qualification en ergothérapie (PQE). (250 Ko)
In collaboration with the Order, the University’s School of Rehabilitation developed this program for international candidates applying to the Order for recognition of equivalence. For most classes, candidates are mixed with the cohort of students enrolled in the regular occupational therapy programs. To facilitate candidates’ integration, a set of preparatory activities are also part of the PQE and must be completed by the candidate in accordance with the requirements of the Order. Support is also offered to candidates on an individual and group basis to promote their integration and progress in the PQE. Learn more about the PQE.
The program is comprised of university courses and clinical fieldwork including preparatory activities that take place full-time over several semesters (from 5 to 8 semesters). The program to be completed by a candidate may take as long as two and a half years but will vary depending on the Order’s prescription. This personalized prescription will specify the courses and fieldwork that must be completed by the candidate to obtain recognition of training equivalence by the Order.
Prescription validity period
A bridge training prescription from the Order is valid for three years for admission to the Université de Montréal PQE.
PQE Eligibility requirements
- Valid prescription: You must have a valid bridge training prescription from the Order;
- French language: You must demonstrate proficiency in French (TFI score: 785/990). For more information on the French admission test;
- In addition, although not an eligibility requirements, sufficient knowledge of English is necessary, given the great number of publications relevant to the profession published in that language.
PQE admission application
You must submit your application online via the Université de Montréal website.
- You must make your PQE application for the first semester of the bridge training program required by the Order. This is usually the winter semester (beginning in January). The deadline to submit an admission application for the winter semester is in September of the previous year;
- Be sure to check the admission deadlines.
Permanent residency or Canadian citizenship is not an eligibility requirement for the bridge training program. However, tuition fees are significantly higher if you do not have one of these legal statuses in Canada. In addition, you must take into account the three-year validity period for the bridge training prescription when planning your immigration process, which could take a long time.
A certificate of successful completion of the bridge training program in accordance with the prescription of the Order is issued by the University. This proof of completion must be sent to the Admissions Committee in order to obtain recognition of training equivalence. The program does not lead to obtaining a Master’s degree in occupational therapy and does not provide access to other university programs.
For further information (in French).