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

News: ACME Seeks Public Member

Are you interested in advancing excellence in midwifery education? Do you have a passion for helping people?

The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) is seeking an individual to serve as the “public” member of the Board of Commissioners (BOC). This is a rewarding volunteer opportunity that places you front and center in conversations and decisions that ensure the best in midwifery education. The work of the BOC is far- reaching. There is one catch…the public member cannot work in the midwifery field. We are seeking an individual who aligns with our mission, Advancing Excellence in Midwifery Education, but also has other interests that will complement our work. Whether you are a women’s studies professional, champion for education rights, or simply interested in accreditation, to name a few, we want to hear from you.

Our important work touches across many boundaries. No better time than now to be a part of it all! For more information, send an email to: [email protected].

Emergency Announcements Related to COVID-19: 
Distance instruction and education plan during COVID-19 Pandemic

Memo to Midwifery Program Directors: Distance instruction and education plan during COVID-19 Pandemic (Update #3) April 1, 2020

Memo to Midwifery Program Directors: Policies regarding curricular changes during the COVID-19 Emergency April 13, 2020

The accreditation process is a voluntary quality assurance activity, conducted by both the midwifery education program and ACME, which combines self-assessment and peer evaluation using nationally recognized accreditation standards for midwifery education. ACME strives to improve the quality of graduate midwifery education through its accreditation criteria and programmatic reviews.  

Since 1982, ACME has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized programmatic accrediting agency for nurse-midwifery and midwifery education programs. Continuous recognition with the Department has been sought and obtained since that time. Most recently, on May 9, 2018, ACME received the maximum of five years for renewed recognition by the U.S. Department of Education and is in full compliance with the requirements of the Department's regulations. Officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (under 'Health Care') as a programmatic accrediting agency for midwifery education programs. 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. The ACME Board of Review meet in February and July each year to conduct full reviews of programs who are eligible for review. The ACME Board of Commissioners meet monthly. ACME also subscribes to the Code of Good Practice for accrediting organizations through membership in the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA). 

ACME Accredited Programs (includes accreditation status, next programmatic review and Board of Review decision information)

 ACME Boards & Board Members

ACME Site Visit Schedule & Request for Third-Party Comments

ACME Accreditation Action Notices (Past accreditation actions by the ACME Board of Review, by year.)

ACME Annual Reports

ACME Criteria Documents, Fee Schedule & Forms (ACME Criteria, Policies and Procedures Manual, ACNM documents, and other accreditation related documents, and PowerPoint reviews of procedures.)

ACME Glossary and Terms 

ACME Training, Reports & Presentations

ACME Volunteer Opportunities & Available Jobs 

ACME Strategic Plan 2015-2018

Midwifery Education and Accreditation in the U.S. ACME Overview

Midwifery Education Trends Report 2019

ACME Contacts:
Angela Smith, Executive Director, ACME
[email protected]
(240) 485-1803

Kristina Anderson, Accreditation Assistant
[email protected]
(240) 485-1802

Anne Cockerham, PhD, CNM, WHNP-BC, CNNE, FACNM
ACME Board of Commissioners, Chair
[email protected]
(703) 675-9437

Gretchen Mettler, PhD, CNM, FACNM
ACME Board of Review, Chair
[email protected]
(216) 368-0671

The academic and professional qualifications, and relevant employment and organizational affiliations of ACME board members are available on request. Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) c/o American College of Nurse-Midwives, Suite 1550, 8403 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

ACME is a proud member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors. 

American College of Nurse-Midwives
8403 Colesville Rd. Ste. 1550 Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 240.485.1800 Fax: 240.485.1818
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