Bridging Program

Internationally Educated Midwives Bridging Program

UPDATE: The Internationally Educated Midwives Bridging Program (IEMBP) is in the final selections for the 2018 cohort.  The application process for the IEMBP is currently under review and will open in late fall for applicants to 2019.  

IEMBP UBC is designed for midwives who have been educated in an approved midwifery program outside of Canada. Only applicants who have prior midwifery education are eligible for the IEMBP.

Upon successful completion of the IEMBP, practitioners are eligible to write the Canadian Midwifery Registration Examination (CMRE), and thereafter practice as a midwife in British Columbia.

January 2017 Course

The IEMBP is offered once a year beginning in January. The program is delivered in three parts, the first of which a candidate must pass before being permitted to continue to the next. The exact start date of each part will be determined closer to the beginning of the intake.

In addition, all students are required to show proof of completion of the Orientation to the Canadian Health Care System, Culture and Context by the end of Part Two of the program.


Part One:

Online Tutorial

  • A weekly 3 hour, case based tutorial
  • Can be completed anywhere in the world with high speed internet and a computer
  • Estimated timeline: 12 weeks, beginning January 2017

Part Two:

Vancouver Lectures

  • 5 weeks of daily lectures, workshops, simulations, and discussions
  • 4 days of final examinations
  • Estimated timeline: 6 weeks

Part Three:

British Columbia Clinical Placement

  • Placed anywhere in the province with a Registered Midwife preceptor
  • Estimated timeline: 12 weeks


IEMBP graduates can take the Canadian Midwifery Regulators Examination (CMRE) in Fall 2017.

For details about costs associated with the application and document verification processes, see the UBC IEMBP Application FAQs.