The Integrated Accreditation Unit (IAU) supports the accreditation process for all five colleges in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. Working closely and collaboratively with senior leadership and faculty, our team is here to walk with you through each step.
What we offer
Accreditation helps us to measure “what we do” against “what we are supposed to be doing." It is a systematic review that will show how well we are meeting the needs of our students, the university and the general public. Accreditation applies to teaching and academic programs, research and scholarship, staffing, buildings, faculties, equipment, services to the community and the academic environment.
View the tabs below for more information on how we support the accreditation process.
Accreditation for health educational programs is an opportunity for continuous quality improvement. Graduating from an accredited educational program demonstrates that graduates have attained a level of entry-to-practice competencies required for health care professionals.
It is a chance for all parties involved in the formation of our future physicians, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, physical, occupational and respiratory therapists to improve function, structure and performance.
During a site visit, an accreditation team will conduct interviews with faculty, staff and students. This usually takes two to three days.
Following the visit, accreditors will validate the information presented in the self-study reports and will generate a series of findings and recommendations to improve the quality of educational programs.
Planning for your accreditation
Proper planning is a key success for program undergoing an accreditation. Our team members have several years of experience in assisting programs with their accreditation planning and providing admin supports throughout the accreditation process. Accreditation is a continuous quality improvement exercise; therefore, programs are recommended to start planning between 18-24 months prior to the site visit. Book a meeting with our team to start planning for your accreditation.
At our meeting we will review tools and services to support the accreditation process. These include:
Proposed timeline – this includes key milestones such as data collection phase, drafting of reports and recommended scheduling. For example, meetings with senior university leadership must be booked as early as possible. Rooms for in-person accreditation site visits must also be booked early.
Project tracker – a tool designed to identify evidence required to meet standards or actions required to do so.
Checklist – a list of activities for accreditation, including who will be accountable for each task.
Data collection – programs need stakeholder input and other evaluation data early in preparing for accreditation. The IAU is ready to create and distribute stakeholder surveys and prepare preliminary results (e.g., student, alumni, employer surveys). We can also offer training on LimeSurvey.
Beside the site visit, the largest part of the accreditation process is the self-assessment report writing.
As the content experts, programs are required to write the self-assessment report. The IAU is available for providing gap analysis, proofreading, formatting and converting the report into an easy-to-navigate and professional-looking document.
The IAU can also help submit the report on behalf of your program.We canprovide the following support to get you started:
- A written template based on the previous self-assessment (Primer)
- Document management in Teams or SharePoint (we can provide training on how to use SharePoint, if needed)
- Tracking of required evidence and collating documents
You will be required to validate the whole draft accreditation document package (self-assessment report and appendices) before providing it to us and before submission.
We will have regular meetings throughout to monitor the progress of the self-assessment to ensure a successful submission by the deadline. When the package is complete, we can:
- Submit the self-assessment along with a signed cover letter by the Dean, RFHS to the accreditation body on your behalf
We can also provide support following the submission of your self-assessment, including updates upon request from the accreditors.
Preparatory workshop/mock accreditation
Programs should engage with thefaculty and staff who will be meeting with the accreditors prior to the site visit.
The main goals of the preparatory workshops is to create awareness about the program’s accreditation process and build a sense of community by learning together about the program’s successful initiatives and opportunities for improvement.
The accreditation preparatory workshops provide a great opportunity for recognition of faculty, students and clinical teachers’ achievements.
Following the self-assessment report submission, program should engage with their faculty and staff who will be meeting with the accreditors prior to the site visit.
The main purpose of the preparatory workshop is to create awareness about program’s accreditation, build a sense of community and to learn about program’s successful initiatives as well as recognition of faculty, students and clinical teachers’ achievements.
The preparatory workshop can be done in various ways:
- Accreditation boot camps. These take place in a hybrid format: plenary and world café (virtual or face-to-face)
- Mock interviews/small group sessions facilitated by the IAU team. Topics are related to program accreditation and are consistent with the self-assessment report
- Newsletters/fact sheets
- Short video presentations tailored to different group of stakeholders
We also assist programs with session logistics.
The IAU is ready to host your site visit virtually or face-to-face.
Preparing a site visit for health educational programs requires significant amount of coordination between the program, its faculty, staff, clinical instructors, preceptors and students.
Our unit supports programs with their site visit logistics. This includes:
- preparing agendas
- sending calendar invites
- catering orders
- meeting room bookings
- hotel reservations
- arranging surveyors’ transportation to and from school
- creating signage
- hosting in-person and virtual site visits
The IAU is ready to design and develop Quality Improvement projects and action plans in response to accreditation findings.
After the site visit, our unit supports in responding to recommendations. We assist with drafting of status reports and in the implementation of Accreditation Monitoring Plans.
- Status (Progress) Report – IAU provides templates, reviews and finalizes status reports before submission to the accrediting body. We also prepare cover letters signed by the dean of Rady Faculty, or the dean of the college to accompany the status report.
- Accreditation Monitoring Plan (AMP) – IAU will co-develop a plan to collect and evaluate data to satisfy accreditation requirements for status reports such as accreditation monitoring plan or improvement projects. Having an annual accreditation monitoring plan or improvement projects plan will alleviate the burden of accreditation works for the next cycle.
As part of our mandate, we also foster and keep the institutional memory for accreditation content and processes in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. We ask programs to send us the final report and decision letters from the accrediting body as we collect and maintain these documents to preserve institutional memory. With leaderships and staffs’ turnovers, it is a good way to maintain the accreditation-related information within the Rady Faculty office.
Resources for non-professional program graduates
If you are a graduate of a Rady Faculty non-professional program and require an accreditation letter post-graduation, contact rahel.birhan@umanitoba.
The resources listed below can be accessed on the Rady Faculty intranet site.
- Programs accreditation timeline – two-year timeline
- Programs accreditation timeline – six-year timeline
- Program accreditation step-by-step infographic
- Standards operating procedures (SOP) for program accreditation activities
- Guide to successful accreditation
- Annual reports
The IAU provides a SharePoint portal to provide faculty and staff with key accreditation working documents, forms and information. The site is accessible from any UM computer or offsite computer or mobile device that has internet access. Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox are recommended.
How to access the portal
1. Ensure you have an active UMNetID
To access the portal you will need a UMNetID and authorization from your faculty. Most faculty and staff will already have a UMNetID, used for computer or JUMP access. If you do not have a UMNetID, please contact IT or claim your ID here.
2. Request SharePoint access
Contact Ricardo Soriano to request access to the Integrated Accreditation Unit portal or the UGME Accreditation portal.
3. Log on
Once you receive a response, log on through https://share.med.umanitoba.ca/_layouts/15/start.aspx#/ (be sure to bookmark the page) or by clicking the "SharePoint Portal" button to the top right of this page.
Important Log-in Notes:
- All Medicine domain (MED) account users should login with their MED account, “med\UMNetID”
- Users without a Medicine domain account may use their Administrative domain (AD) account, “ad\UMNetID” to access the site. Please note that AD user accounts are controlled by IST at Fort Gary, so please contact Fort Gary IST for support with password issues.
Accreditation status College of Nursing
|Bachelor of Nursing (BN)||Canadian Association Schools of Nursing (CASN)||Granted 7 year-term with recommendations and interim report||2028|
|Bachelor of Midwifery (BMid)||Canadian Association for Midwifery Education (CAMEd)||New program as of Sept 2020 - accreditation will occur before the graduation of the first cohort||TBD|
|Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)||Canadian Association Schools of Nursing (CASN)||Grant 7 year-term with recommendations and interim report||2026|
Accreditation status College of Pharmacy
|Program||Accrediting body||Status||Next review date|
|Bachelor of Sciences in Pharmacy (BSc Pharm)||Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP)||Accreditation Status for the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Program for 4-year term 2019-2023||N/A This program is transitioning to PharmD|
|Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)||Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP)||Provisional Accreditation for the entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy Program||2023|
|Master of Science (MSc) in Pharmacy||Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP)||Accredited via Faculty of Graduate Studies. Last accreditation was in 2012/2013|
Accreditation status College of Rehabilitation Sciences
|Program||Accrediting body||Status||Next review date|
|Master of Occupational Therapy||Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists||Accredited – next accreditation 2026 and interim report midway||2026|
|Master of Physical Therapy||Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada||Accreditation – fully compliant until April 30, 2026||2026|
|Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy||EQual™ Canada||On-site visit in June 2021||June 2021|
Accreditation Status Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry
|Program||Accrediting body||Status||Next Review Date|
|Dental Internship Residency and Health Facilities||Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC)||Approved||May 10, 2021|
|Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)||Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC)||Approved||2022|
|Graduate Oral Maxillofacial Surgery||Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC)||Approved||2022|
|Graduate Orthodontics||Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC)||Approved||2022|
|Graduate Pediatric Dentistry||Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC)||Approved||2022|
|Graduate Periodontics||Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC)||Approved||2022|
|Graduate Prosthodontics||Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC)||Approved||2022|
|School of Dental Hygiene (Diploma)||Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC)||Approved||2022|
Accreditation Status Max Rady College of Medicine
|Program||Accrediting body||Status||Next accreditation date|
|Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME)||Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS)||Continue full accreditation for an eight-year term||2027|
|Continuing Professional Development (CPD)||Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME)||Continue accreditation for the balance of eight-year term||2024|
|Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)||EQual™ Canada||Six-year accreditation until 2022 (as per previous accrediting body: CMA)||TBD|
|Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) - for RCPSC and CFPC residency programs||Canadian Residency Accreditation Consortium (CANRAC)||Link to PGME Programs Status of Accreditation_Final||November 2021|
|Program||Accrediting body||Status||Next accreditation date|
|For Post Doctoral and Non-Physician Programs:|
|• Clinical Biochemistry||Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (CACB)||Accredited Program||TBD|
|• Clinical Microbiology||Canadian College of Microbiologists (CCM)||Accredited Program||2024|
|• Genetic & Genomic Diagnostics||Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG)||Accredited Program||2023 or 2024|
|• Clinical Psychology||Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)||Accredited Program||2023-2024|
|Master of Science (MSc) in Genetic Counseling||Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC)||Fully accredited||2027|
Integrated Accreditation Unit
S204 Medical Services Building, 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba, Bannatyne campus
Winnipeg, MB Canada R3E 0W2