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Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)

The mission of the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) is to advance excellence in midwifery education.

The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (under 'Health Care') as a programmatic accrediting agency for midwifery education programs since 1982. The accreditation process is a voluntary quality assurance activity conducted by both the education institution and ACME that combines self-assessment and peer evaluation. In 1994, ACME approved criteria to accredit direct-entry midwifery education programs; the first program was pre-accredited in April 1996. 

The U.S. Department of Education grants the following scope of recognition to ACME: "the accreditation and pre-accreditation of basic certificate, basic graduate nurse-midwifery, direct entry midwifery, and pre-certification nurse-midwifery education programs, including those programs that offer distance education." ACME services are available to any education program that meets the eligibility requirements outlined in our Policies and Procedures Manual. 

ACME is administratively and financially autonomous from the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

ACME is pleased to have worked in collaboration with the American College of Nurse-Midwives on the 2015 Midwifery Education Trends Report. This report discusses in detail the trends for the past five years as well as offer midwives as the solution to the national shortage of providers of primary, reproductive, and obstetric health care for women in the US. 

To view the schedule for our programmatic reviews, please click here.

ACME Overview

ACME Strategic Plan 2015-2018

Midwifery Education and Accreditation in the U.S.

ACME History

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ACME Accreditation Documents, Fee Schedule & Forms

ACME Criteria, Policies and Procedures Manual, ACNM documents, and other accreditation related documents, and PowerPoint reviews of procedures.

ACME Trainings, Reports & Presentations

ACME Volunteer Opportunities

Becoming a Midwife

Pathways to Midwifery

Admission, Program, Clinical & Financial Information for Aspiring Midwives


Heather L. Maurer, MA, Executive Director
(240) 485-1803

Julie Levin, Accreditation Coordinator
(240) 485-1802

Peter Johnson, CNM, PhD, FACNM
ACME Board of Commissioners, Chair
(410) 948-8603

Gretchen Mettler, PhD, CNM, FACNM

ACME Board of Review, Chair

The academic and professional qualifications, and relevant employment and organizational affiliations of ACME board members are available on request.

ACME National Office, Suite 1550, 8403 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

American College of Nurse-Midwives.
8403 Colesville Rd, Suite 1550 | Silver Spring MD 20910
Phone: 240-485-1800 | Fax: 240-485-1818
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