Route to Physiotherapy in Canada…
Are you a Physiotherapist? Or aspiring to be one? Kudos to you! Here’s taking you toward Physiotherapy in Canada.
You’re making one of the best life decisions. Physiotherapy is one of the noble healthcare professions that will take you to heights as Canada is a country that warmly receives healthcare professionals and recognizes them like no other country.
This blog will give you some ‘ins and outs’ about the opportunities that one gets as a physiotherapist in Canada.
An allied health profession that deals with treatment to restore, maintain, and make the most of a patient’s function, mobility, and well-being is called Physiotherapy (also called Physical therapy). Professionals who deal with Physiotherapy are called Physiotherapists (or Physical Therapists). Physiotherapists make their treatment regime by implicating the condition of the patient through physical examination, prognosis, patient education, etc… and they promote physical intervention, rehabilitation, health promotion, and disease prevention.
Physiotherapy is provided as the primary care treatment or in conjunction as an associative treatment with other medical services. Alongside the clinical practice, there are also other facets of physiotherapy that involve research, education, consultation, and health administration.
Employment Prospects in Canada
Physiotherapy encapsulates a wide range of specialties like orthopedics, musculoskeletal, neurology, cardiopulmonary, sports medicine, geriatrics, endocrinology, pediatrics, wound care, electromyography, and women’s health.
You know Canada is a paradise for healthcare professionals? Yes, you heard it right. The Great White North welcomes healthcare professionals with warmth. And luckily there are ample job opportunities in the healthcare domain Physiotherapists are one of the everyday demands that Canada has, owing to the aged population of the country.
There is an expected demand of 13,600 vacant positions for physiotherapists in Canada between 2019 and 2028, and this demand is expected to increase even after 2028.
Hence, prepping for the opportunity will put you forward to seizing it appropriately. If you are someone who is very much inclined towards starting your life abroad as a healthcare professional in a well-developed country like Canada, you’re already better than your peers and you’re on the perfect track because you found this blog online!
Becoming a Physiotherapist in Canada will have you undergo specific processes!
Let me walk you through…
As mentioned, Canada is a country with immense scope for healthcare professionals. Let’s see how one can practice as a physiotherapist in Canada! Physiotherapists are highly welcomed in Canada, but it is not possible to directly practice as you move in. Applying for a PR visa might be a feasible solution, but the applicants need to write a qualifying exam and substantiate their expertise to practice physiotherapy in the Canadian context. Anyhow the exams are going to be a hard nut to crack (if at all you feel that you are competent enough, please go ahead!)
Let’s see the other way around too! Pathway programs…
Taking up a pathway program in physiotherapy will enable the practitioners to bridge the professional gap they have between their present occupation and the one they are going to take up in Canada.
For instance, people practicing in their native country will be having a conventional methodology of carrying out the physiotherapeutic practices which might be insufficient to work in Canadian healthcare settings. There might be a knowledge gap in how to work in Canadian hospitals and other Canadian healthcare infrastructures. So, these pathway programs are designed exclusively for physiotherapists who plan to migrate to and work in Canada.
Learning Outcomes of Physiotherapy in Canada!
As we know Indian BPT is not directly accepted in Canada, this bridging program will enable the learners to practice physiotherapy that offering customized classroom work, clinical placements, and workshops that aim at helping candidates get through Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) and successfully get into the workforce after licensure.
The main concepts of healthcare delivery and rehabilitation are covered in this program. To help you integrate your understanding of typical physical and psychological functions with fundamental therapeutic skills, you’ll have the chance to go on observational visits to clinical settings. You’ll also have the chance to study advanced rehabilitation concepts, common medical conditions, and therapeutic techniques used in occupational therapy and physical therapy. Additionally, you’ll learn about complicated medical issues and increase your therapeutic abilities.
Students who complete this program will be qualified to work as an assistant occupational therapist or physical therapist. You’ll develop time management skills and teamwork skills as an occupational therapist as you pursue effective practice. Through written, verbal, nonverbal, and technical ways of communication, you will also develop fruitful relationships with families, clients, and other care providers.
Make your way to partake in the Canadian workforce!
Studying Physiotherapy in Canada will enable you to work in hospitals, industry and sports organizations, healthcare and rehabilitation centers, and a variety of other healthcare settings!
1. Cardiovascular Physiotherapist
2. Pulmonary Physiotherapist
3. Integumentary Physiotherapist
4. Geriatric Physiotherapist
5. Neurological Physiotherapist
6. Community Physiotherapist
7. Physiotherapist at Palliative Care
8. Orthopedic Physiotherapist
Are some of the job positions that one might hold after completing the Physiotherapy program in Canada
Necessary: You will take up an employment-focused program that will impel you to clear the competitive exams upon which you will be licensed to practice as a Physiotherapist in Canada.
Where can I find appropriate programs for Physiotherapy in Canada?
Many Canadian institutions are offering career-focused physiotherapy programs. And the following are a few from the list where you can find appropriate programs that will root for your aspiration to become a physical therapy practitioner in Canada.
1. Fanshawe College
2. Fleming College
3. Mohawk College
4. Thompsons Rivers University
5. The University of Winnipeg
6. Cambrian College
7. Niagara College
8. Cambrian College
9. Lambton College
10. University of Alberta
11. Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Why this program? There are master’s degrees in Physiotherapy available to international students in Canada, however, those courses are highly competitive as the number of seats is limited. Also, the admission requirements are on the higher side. Therefore, we recommend other pathway programs for international students who wish to pursue a career in physiotherapy in Canada.
To keep you informed, this is the level of a PG program and hence the requirements include,
1. An Undergraduate Degree in Physical Therapy (or other related programs).
2. An Overall IELTS band Score of 6.5 or more, with no band less than 6.0.
3. You must hold valid first aid and CPR certifications and be up to date on your immunizations.
Note: Other requirements might change from institution to institution
Benefits of studying in Canada
Studying in Canada is a melting pot for overseas aspirants! The following are the benefits that international students get by studying in Canada.
1. Education from world-class institutions.
2. A professional language acumen.
3. Career-focused programs.
4. Getting introduced to a lot of job opportunities.
5. Live in harmony with people from various walks of life.
6. If migrating to a developed country is what you aspire for, then studying in Canada will make you qualify to apply for a PR.
Check out our other blogs about Physiotherapy!
How to apply?
CanApprove is a Canadian-based overseas education firm acting for 25 successful years now! We have made thousands of clients fly to Canada and study there in renowned institutions. If you are a physiotherapist in India and planning to set up your professional life in Canada, we will have it all covered for you. Connect with us now!