Bridge program Law and Legal Definition

A bridge program is a higher education program planned to assist a student who has obtained initial level of professional licensure to achieve a terminal degree. A bridge program enables a student to attend college courses and achieve a terminal degree in the same field of study. Bridge programs assist students in obtaining the necessary academic, employability, and technical skills. The goal of bridge programs is to sequentially bridge the gap between the initial skills of individuals and what they need to enter and succeed in postsecondary education and career-path employment. In a bridge program, degree is obtained in lesser time than that taken by an ordinary entry-level student. Usually, a bridge program student seeks advancement in the profession by obtaining a four-year or graduate degree. For example, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.