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Which professions in Canada have a national accreditation body?

CASN is one of more than 30 professional association members of the AAAC. AAAC’s mission is “to ensure the highest quality education of professionals… [by pursuing] excellence in standards and processes of accreditation.” www.aaac.ca

AAAC health professional members include: the Accreditation Council for Canadian Physiotherapy Academic Programs; the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists; the Canadian Association of Physicians and Surgeons, the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists; the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs; the Council on Chiropractic Education of Canada; and Dietitians of Canada.Many other professions and allied health professions use accreditation as a tool for evaluating and encouraging quality.

Is CASN Accreditation voluntary or mandatory?

The CASN Accreditation Program is voluntary in most provinces and territories. The College of Nurses of Ontario, however, has designated the CASN Accreditation Program as the process to achieve provincial regulatory approval. In Newfoundland and Labrador, the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador has used CASN accreditation process results as a key input to their approval process. In Nova Scotia, the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia and CASN have a joint, integrated approval and accreditation process.

Why should my School Program be accredited?

Accreditation is recognized worldwide as an important, objective method to review professional education programs to identify strengths, vulnerabilities, and opportunities for improvement. There is a need to assess the quality of education programs in light of the globalization of education (specifically, distance delivery, satellite and offshore programs), the mobility of students and professionals and with increasing education costs, students, parents, taxpayers and institutions want to be assured of program quality. Schools of Nursing use accreditation reviews to identify areas for development, to provide evidence of resource deficiencies to senior administrators, to guide important decisions about expansion of students, and to guide changes in, or the continuation of, programs.

Who makes the decision regarding a School’s/Program’s accreditation status?

The CASN Accreditation Bureau determines the accreditation status of a School. It is a Standing Committee of the CASN Board of Directors.

What is Path A Accreditation?

Path A is the term for a two-step Accreditation Review recommended for new Schools of Nursing, new partnerships offering Nursing Education Programs, or new Nursing Education Programs. This path offers the opportunity for a formative review (Path A Stage 1 Accreditation) of the Program or partnership against the CASN accreditation standards during the initial implementation period, and a summative review (Path A Stage 2 Accreditation) once the Program has graduated students.The purpose of a Path A stage 1 Review is to assess how well the Educational Unit and Nursing Education Program are developing in relation to CASN accreditation standards. A successful Path A stage 1 Review allows students to graduate from an accredited institution and program. A Path A stage 2 Review determines whether the Educational Unit and Nursing Education Program are meeting the CASN Accreditation Standards.

What is Path B Accreditation?

Path B applies to existing School(s) of Nursing with ongoing Nursing Education Program(s) which has/have graduates from the Program. Typically, the School(s) of Nursing holds/hold a current accreditation status from CASN. Path B is a one step process; a summative review to determine whether the Educational Unit and Nursing Education Program are meeting CASN accreditation standards.

What does an Accreditation Review cost?

The fee schedule for accreditation of CASN Member Schools is set by the CASN Board of Directors and is approved by CASN Council. Using the CASN Accreditation Fee Schedule, the CASN Accreditation Bureau determines the exact fees for accreditation of each organization at the time of application. The Accreditation Bureau presents a rationale for the accreditation fees charged to a School, and Schools may appeal the fee if necessary. For detailed information, please contact Joni Boyd, Manager of Accreditation by e-mail at jboyd@casn.ca.

How do I find out more about CASN Accreditation?

Contact the Accreditation Team: Joni Boyd, Manager of Accreditation at jboyd@casn.ca