Health Education Accreditation is a quality improvement process that supports health education programs, preparing graduates to deliver safe and effective care at entry to practice.
In 2017, Accreditation Canada was selected by a group of 13 allied health professions within Canada to provide accreditation services for education programs. The program involves a six-stage accreditation process conducted over a six-year cycle.
The 13 health professions include:
- Radiological technology
- Radiation therapy technology
- Nuclear medicine technology
- Magnetic resonance
- Medical laboratory assistant
- Medical laboratory technology
- Diagnostic cytology
- Clinical genetics technology
- Cardiology technology
- Clinical perfusion
- Diagnostic medical sonography
Accreditation Canada’s affiliate, HSO, has formed a Technical Committee on Allied Health Education Programs that is currently working towards the development of new standards for the accreditation of Health Education Programs. The new standards will be introduced in 2019 for implementation in 2020. In addition to new standards, HSO will also be working to phase in new technology to increase the efficiency of program delivery.
“We were very impressed with (HSO’s) commitment, expertise, professionalism and willingness to develop a program that meets the unique needs of our professions. We look forward to partnering with HSO/Accreditation Canada on this journey towards continuously enhancing the quality of our educational programs and ultimately the quality of care delivered to Canadians.”
François Couillard, CEO at Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
on behalf of the Allied Health Program Accreditation Working Group
The third-party complaint process has been established in the interest of:
- maintaining the integrity and credibility of the accreditation process;
- ensuring a fair and open process for stakeholders to identify concerns and questions regarding an educational program’s compliance with accreditation standards/requirements;
- providing a mechanism for accountability of the accrediting body to the public.
Please contact the EQual Director by completing the form below should you have a complaint to discuss.
Become an accredited education program
Educational programs wishing to become accredited by EQual Canada are invited to email EQual@healthstandards.org for more information.