ERIC Number: EJ721871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Reference Count: 7
Bridging Education for Foreign-Trained Professionals: The International Pharmacy Graduate (IPQ) Program in Canada
Austin, Zubin; Dean, Marie Rocchi
Teaching in Higher Education, v11 n1 p19-32 Jan 2006
Demand for well-qualified health care professionals (including pharmacists) is projected to increase over the next 10 to 20 years. In many jurisdictions, immigration will become an increasingly important human resource to replace aging, retiring workers and drive ongoing economic prosperity and growth. Higher education has been an underutilized resource for foreign-trained professionals seeking re-qualification. Bridging education provides a structured system for continuing professional development of professionals, linked to existing curriculum, assessments and standards in higher education. The International Pharmacy Graduate Program in Ontario (Canada) has developed a model that has been recognized by the provincial government as a "best-practice" for bridging education. This model consists of four elements: prior learning assessment and recognition; university-benchmarked skills enhancement education; mentorship; and asynchronous learning opportunities. Success rates on licensing examinations for those completing all components of the program currently exceed 95%, indicating the value of bridging education.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Prior Learning, Higher Education, Pharmacy, Licensing Examinations (Professions), Professional Development, Graduate Study, Mentors, Benchmarking
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada