An accreditation review includes an on-site visit conducted by a team of peer reviewers. The team leader is an experienced reviewer and acts as a first among equals. The number of reviewers on a team depends on the number of Educational Units and Nursing Education Programs being assessed and is usually two.
Role of Reviewers
Reviewers are critical to the success and credibility of the CASN Accreditation Program. They collect data assessing the IEN Bridging Programs against the standards and provide the CASN IEN Accreditation Bureau (IEN-CAB) with a written report of their findings. CASN reviewers are experienced educators, recommended by the Heads of their respective School, and undergo CASN reviewer training. They represent CASN while participating in the accreditation process and sign a form guaranteeing their commitment to the accreditation policies and procedures, including professional and ethical conduct, confidentiality and respect for the intellectual property of the program.
Selection of Reviewers
CASN solicits nominations of reviewers annually to maintain a pool of qualified, trained, anglophone and francophone reviewers. Reviewers must meet the following selection criteria:
Reviewers are selected for specific reviews according to their previous accreditation experience, and language skills. In addition, they must not generally be employed by a program in the same province as that of the program to be reviewed, and must also be free of any other potential conflict of interest with the nursing program being reviewed.
Interested applicants who meet the above criteria must participate in an orientation program for reviewers. CASN provides a web-based generic education on accreditation developed by the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada (AAAC), as well as a modular reviewer preparation program delivered by distance in real time in both English and in French. Reviewers are also provided with written information about the role.
Competencies required by reviewers include:
*French content is currently under review