Please join us in acknowledging that the IEMBP and midwifery programs, and the UBC Point Grey Campus are located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Musqueam people.

Welcome to the Internationally Educated Midwives Bridging Program.  IEMBP UBC is designed for midwives who have been educated in a midwifery program outside of Canada and have had practice experience prior to applying. 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.

IEMBP Start Date

The IEMBP is offered once a year beginning in January. The program is delivered in three parts.  Applicants must pass each part 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
  • Approximately 6-8 hours of self study required each week

Part Two:

Vancouver Lectures


  • 7 weeks of daily lectures, workshops, simulations, and discussions
  • 4 days of final examinations
  • Estimated timeline: 7 weeks
  • Occasional weekend sessions will be required.  Class times will vary depending on the subjects of the day

Part Three:

British Columbia Clinical Placement

June start

  • Placed anywhere in the province with a Registered Midwife preceptor
  • Estimated timeline: minimum 13 weeks 

IEMBP graduates can take the Canadian Midwifery Regulators Examination (CMRE) in Fall of their program year.

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

IEMBP Application Submission Deadline

Now accepting applications for January 2020 intake. All submissions should be made in full, including all accompanying paperwork, references and verification forms, by June 30, 2019.

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