The Integrated Accreditation Unit (IAU) provides leadership throughout the accreditation process for all five colleges in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.
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 allows for the university to have the opportunity for continuous quality improvement. Graduating from an accredited university demonstrates that graduates have attained a level of education that meets or exceeds the expectation for the ability to practice.
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 site visits, an accreditation team will conduct interviews with faculty, staff and students. This usually takes two-three days.
Following the visit, accreditors will validate information presented in the self-study reports and will generate a series of findings to improve the quality of education programs.
The survey teams then present a report and the accreditation bodies will then decide the accreditation status of the college.
At the initial meeting, be prepared to provide:
- Dates of the upcoming accreditation
- A brief description of the program’s accreditation history, including current status, pending status of standards, application for new program accreditation
- Name of the accrediting body
- What resources the program has for accreditation and what assistance is needed
- Explain the steps of the accreditation process
- Describe our tools and services, including SharePoint and the LimeSurvey
- Provide advice on how to form an accreditation steering committee and/or working group
We will request the following:
- Your previous self-assessment report
- Status reports
- Correspondence from the accreditation body, including transmittal letters, decision letters, etc.
- The site visit agenda template from the accreditation body
At our second meeting we will review tools and services to support the accreditation process. These include:
Proposed timeline – this includes key milestones 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 activity.
Data collection – programs need stakeholder and other evaluation data early in preparing for accreditation. We can create and distribute stakeholder surveys and prepare preliminary results (e.g., student, alumni, employer surveys). We can also offer training on LimeSurvey.
You will be required to write a self-assessment. The IAU can provide the following support to get you started:
- A written template based on the previous self-assessment
- Document management in SharePoint (we can provide training on how to use SharePoint, if needed)
- Collate documents
You will be required to validate the whole draft accreditation document package (self-assessment report and appendices) before providing it to us.
We can then provide:
- Gap analysis of the draft self-assessment
- Edit and format the final draft of the self-assessment
- Critically review the final draft of the self-assessment
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.
Document and website updates
We advise that you update documents which will be included or referenced in the self-assessment, including but not limited to:
- Strategic plan, Report card and/or Mission & Vision
- Policies and procedures
- Organizational charts
- Terms of reference
- Admissions information
- Student handbook
- Curriculum information, such as course lists and syllabi
- Program guide
- Program or department website, including faculty and staff profiles or contact information
The IAU can provide support in editing/formatting documents and updating websites.
To support your site visit, we will require:
- University of Manitoba FOP account(s) for on-site catering for accreditors
- Names, titles and email addresses of invitees
- Room access, e.g., key, push code or authorization for card swipe access
- Contact information of accreditation lead, program director, department head, program assistant(s) and/or others
- Dietary and accessibility considerations of the accreditors
We can then provide support as follows:
- Site visit agenda – draft, finalize, send to accreditation body
- Invitations – draft and send invitations and calendar invites to site visit participants (invitees)
- Preparatory sessions – organize and facilitate for meeting participants
- Biographies – Request and distribute biographies of the accreditors in the invitation
- Booking arrangements, including ground transportation and hotels for accreditors
- Produce and distribute welcome packages – including name badges, agenda, campus map, restaurant and entertainment recommendations, etc.
- Greet groups meeting with accreditors
- Welcome accreditors and guide them to their meeting room
- Be time-keepers of meetings
- Accompany accreditors on their exit
- Coordinate wifi-access for accreditors
- For virtual site visits, provide video-conference meeting links (e.g., Zoom) for virtual site visits
- Moderate or assign accreditors as co-hosts
- Provide technical support to all participants
- Arrange and test video-conferencing for out-of-town meeting participants
- On-site documents – assist with preparing (if applicable)
- Manage hospitality pre-approval forms and order catering
- Check and confirm catering orders
- Caretaking services – request to clean rooms
- Tent cards – invitee names and designations for each meeting
- Signage – prepare and post on rooms and in hallways
- Set up printer, extension cords, hand sanitizer, facial tissue in accreditors’ meeting room, etc.
Following the site visit, we will provide guidance in fulfilling and responding to recommendations. We can:
- Co-develop a plan to collect and evaluate data to satisfy accreditation requirements for status reports
- Review and edit status reports to the accreditation body
- Prepare cover letters signed by the Dean, RFHS to accompany status reports
We ask that you send us the final report and decision letter from the accreditation body as we collect and maintain these documents to preserve institutional memory.
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)||Last accreditation site visit was on Nov 2-6, 2020; result is TBA||TBD|
|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||April 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)||On-site visit on Feb 2-5, 2021||February 2021|
Who we are
Integrated Accreditation Unit
S204 Medical Services Building, 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba, Bannatyne campus
Winnipeg, MB Canada R3E 0W2