Health Education Accreditation

Health Education Accreditation is a quality improvement process that supports health education programs, preparing graduates to deliver safe and effective care at entry into practice.

EQual™ Canada

In 2017, HSO was selected by a group of 13 allied health professions within Canada to provide accreditation services for education programs through our affiliate organization, Accreditation Canada. The program, which will launch in February 2018, involves a six-stage accreditation process conducted over a six-year cycle.

 The 13 allied health professions include:

  • Radiological technology
  • Radiation therapy technology
  • Nuclear medicine technology
  • Magnetic resonance
  • Orthoptics
  • Medical laboratory assistant
  • Medical laboratory technology
  • Diagnostic cytology
  • Clinical genetics technology
  • Cardiology technology
  • Clinical perfusion
  • Paramedicine
  • Diagnostic medical sonography


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

Become a program client

Canadian associations or provincial regulators for health professions can apply to become a program client of the EQual Canada program. In doing so, you are selecting HSO and Accreditation Canada to provide accreditation services for education programs preparing future professionals for a national certification exam or other requirements for entry into practice in your profession. As a program client, you will be eligible to participate in the EQual Canada program council. The program council oversees the direction of the EQual Canada program.

Become an accredited education program

Educational programs wishing to become accredited by EQual Canada are invited to visit the Accreditation Canada website for more details or email us at