Accreditation written out on a piece of paper.

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.

Introduction

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 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.

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 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.

Self-assessment report

The largest part of the accreditation process beside the site visit is the self-assessment report writing. As a content expert, program will be required to write the self-assessment report and the IAU team will provide gap analysis, proofreading, formatting and finalizing the report. The IAU can also assist in submitting the self-assessment report on behalf of the program.

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.

Preparatory workshop/mock accreditation

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:

  1. accreditation boot camps: an event in hybrid format: plenary and world café (virtual or face-to-face)
  2. mock Interviews/small group sessions facilitated by the IAU team. Topics are related to program accreditation and are consistent with the self-assessment report
  3. newsletters/fact sheets
  4. short video presentations tailored to different group of stakeholders

We assist programs in preparing for the sessions logistic as well.

Site visit

Preparing a site visit for health educational programs requires significant amount of coordination between the program, its faculty/staff, students, and clinical instructors/preceptors at various experiential/clinical learning sites. Our unit supports programs with their site visit logistic such as preparing agenda, sending calendar invites, catering orders, meeting room bookings, hotel reservation, arranging surveyors’ transportation to and from school, creating signage, hosting in-person and virtual site visits, etc.

Post-site visit

After the site visit, our unit will provide guidance and support 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, please contact rahel.birhan@umanitoba with the Registrar’s Office.

To request service, contact us at radyaccreditation@umanitoba.ca or call 204-294-1832.

Accreditation resources

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
     

Accreditation portal

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.

Support

For troubleshooting and support, contact IST at  support@umanitoba.ca or call 204-474-8600.

 

Accreditation status College of Nursing

Program Accrediting body Status  
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

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Integrated Accreditation Unit
S204 Medical Services Building, 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba, Bannatyne campus
Winnipeg, MB Canada R3E 0W2

204-294-1832
204-272-3169
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