Reviewers for IEN Bridging Programs


An accreditation review includes an accreditation visit (virtual or on-site) conducted by a team of peer reviewers. The team is led by a team leader who is an experienced reviewer and acts as a first among equals. The number of reviewers on a team depends on the number of programs being assessed.


Reviewers are critical to the success and credibility of the accreditation program. They collect data assessing the internationally educated nurse (IEN) bridging program against the CASN accreditation standards for IEN bridging programs and provide the IEN-CASN Accreditation Bureau 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.


CASN solicits nomination of reviewers regularly to maintain a pool of qualified, trained, anglophone and francophone reviewers. Reviewers must meet the following selection criteria:

  • a full-time nursing faculty member or retired from the same within the past three years;
  • recently involved in teaching or administering baccalaureate programs for IEN’s or IEN programs in nursing;
  • experienced teachers with at least five years in a baccalaureate or IEN program in nursing;
  • educated with at least a Master’s degree in nursing; and
  • willing to participate in the accreditation process for at least two consecutive years.

Reviewers are selected for specific reviews according to their previous accreditation experience, and language skills. In addition, they must not generally be employed by an educational institution offering IEN bridging programs  in the same province as that of the program(s) to be reviewed, and must also be free of any other potential conflict of interest with the educational institution and program which is the subject of the review.


Interested applicants who meet the above criteria must participate in an orientation program for Reviewers. Orientation is conducted approximately once per year. 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:

  • professional maturity;
  • ethical behavior;
  • knowledge of and commitment to the accreditation process;
  • commitment to quality improvement in nursing education;
  • ability to be objective and respectful of differences;
  • ability to observe, to interview, to analyze and synthesize information into concise, factual written statements;
  • ability to match individual pieces of evidence with standards, descriptors and key elements; and
  • ability to provide informed and constructive feedback.

CASN Accreditation Reviewer Application Form