The mission of the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) is to advance excellence in midwifery education.
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
ACME Strategic Plan 2015-2018
Midwifery Education and Accreditation in the U.S. ACME Overview
International Confederation of Midwives Global Standards for Midwifery Education (2010) Amended 2013
Midwifery Education Trends Report 2019
Heather L. Maurer, MA, Executive Director
Kristina Anderson, Accreditation Assistant
Anne Cockerham, PhD, CNM, WHNP-BC, CNNE
ACME Board of Commissioners, Chair
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. 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.