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.

Accreditation facilitates the achievement of quality program that leads to quality health care professionals and ultimately, improved patient care. As one of shared resources within the Rady Faculty, the IAU is committed to its mission of providing health profession educations that focuses on interprofessional models of care through its work in accreditation. 

The accreditation process starts with the writing of a self-assessment report that encompasses components such as program curriculum, program governance, faculty, staff, program evaluation and continuous quality improvement (CQI).

External accreditation reviewers will conduct interviews with faculty, staff and students during site visit, after the self-assessment report is submitted. The site visit usually takes two to three days. On a last day of the site visit, the reviewers 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 the standards or requirements.

Checklist – a list of activities for accreditation, including who will be responsible for each task.

Data collection – programs need stakeholders’ input and determine program performance data such as surveys when preparing for accreditation. The IAU is available to create and distribute stakeholder surveys and prepare preliminary results (e.g., student, alumni, employer surveys) that will be used in the self-assessment report. We can also offer training on LimeSurvey.

Self-assessment report

Aside from 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.

We can provide the following support to get the program started:

  • A written template populated with narratives based on the previous self-assessment (Primer)
  • Document management in Teams or SharePoint (we can provide training on how to use Teams/SharePoint, if needed)
  • Tracking of required evidence and collating documents

 

The program will be required to review and validate the draft accreditation report (self-assessment report and appendices) before submission. 

The Program and the IAU will have regular meetings throughout the project to monitor the progress of the self-assessment report and ensuring a successful submission by the deadline. When the accreditation report package is complete, the IAU can submit it to the accrediting body with a signed cover letter by the dean, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

After submission, the accrediting body and the reviewers may require additional documentation or updates. The IAU will support the programs in meeting this requirement.

 

Preparatory workshop/mock accreditation

Programs should engage with the faculty 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 also provide a great opportunity for recognition of faculty, students and clinical teachers’ achievements.

The timing for the preparatory workshops should be after the submission of the self-assessment report or a few weeks before the site visit. 

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

The IAU assist programs with workshop or session related logistics.

Site visit

The IAU is available to host the Program site visit virtually or in-person.

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

Post-site visit

The IAU is available 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, gap analyses 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 manage 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.

To request service, contact us at radyaccreditation@umanitoba.ca.

Accreditation resources

The resources listed below can be accessed by contacting our office.

  • Programs accreditation timeline – two-year timeline
  • Programs accreditation timeline – six-year timeline
  • Program accreditation step-by-step guidance
  • Standards operating procedures (SOP) for program accreditation activities 
  • Guide to successful accreditation
  • Annual reports
     

Accreditation status College of Nursing

Program Accrediting body Status Next review date
Bachelor of Nursing (BN) Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) Accredited 2028
(educational unit and education programs)
Bachelor of Midwifery (BMid) Canadian Association for Midwifery Education (CAMEd) TBD TBD
Master of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner (NP) 
Educational Unit
Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) Accredited 2025 (educational program)
2027 (educational unit)

Accreditation status College of Pharmacy

Program Accrediting body Status Next review date
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) Accredited TBD

Accreditation status College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Program Accrediting body Status Next review date
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) Accredited 2026
Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada (PEAC) Accredited 2026
Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy (BRT) EQual™ Canada Accredited 2027

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) Accredited TBD
Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) Accredited TBD
Graduate Oral Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) Accredited TBD
Graduate Orthodontics Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) Accredited TBD
Graduate Pediatric Dentistry Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) Accredited TBD
Graduate Periodontics Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) Accredited TBD
Graduate Prosthodontics Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) Accredited TBD
School of Dental Hygiene (Diploma) Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) Accredited TBD

Accreditation Status Max Rady College of Medicine

Program Accrediting body Status Next review date
Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) Accredited 2027
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) Accredited 2024
Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) EQual™ Canada Accredited TBD
Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME):* Canadian Residency Accreditation Consortium (CANRAC) Accredited Fall 2029
For post doctoral and non-physician programs:      
  • Clinical Biochemistry Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (CACB) Accredited 2026
  • Clinical Microbiology Canadian College of Microbiologists (CCM) Accredited 2024
  • Genetic & Genomic Diagnostics Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG) Accredited 2024
  • Clinical Psychology Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) Accredited  2024
Master of Science (MSc) in Genetic Counseling Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) Accredited 2027

* For individual residency program's accreditation status, please contact the PGME office.

Contact us

Our office

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

Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm