Multiple Case Study Evaluation of Postsecondary Bridging Programs for IEHPs


Published in: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario

Author: Peggy Sattler, Julie Peters, Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, Victoria Esses, Elena Neiterman, Elaine Dever, Rae Gropper, Christine Nielsen & Jenna Kelland

Abstract: Bridging programs are designed for internationally educated immigrant professionals who have completed formal training in another country but who may not have the educational, professional or language requirements necessary to become licensed to practice in Canada. As Ontario’s population ages, the successful integration of internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) into the health care workforce has been identified as a strategy to address the challenges created by the shrinking labour pool and growing demands on the health care system (Finley & Hancock, 2010; Stuckey & Munro, 2013). To better understand the role of Ontario’s postsecondary system in facilitating the entry of IEHPs into the health care workforce, this study analyzed seven Canadian bridging programs and obtained input from 15 key informants. The goal of the evaluation was to identify the characteristics and practices of effective IEHP bridging programs. A comparative case study methodology was employed to evaluate seven postsecondary bridging programs for allied health professionals.

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