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.
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.
Path A is the term for an 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 of the Program or partnership against the CASN accreditation standards during the initial implementation period, and a summative once the Program has graduated students. The purpose of a Path A Review is to assess how well the Educational Unit(s) and Nursing Education Program(s) are developing in relation to CASN accreditation standards. A successful Path A Review allows students to graduate from an accredited institution and program. The school(s) must undergo a Path B Review within two years of the first graduates to determine whether the Educational Unit(s) and Nursing Education Program(s) are meeting the CASN Accreditation Standards.