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The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education is an agency established to advance and promote excellence in midwifery education. The aim of ACME is to ensure that programs are performing at the highest level of quality and providing learning experiences that will lead to optimal outcomes for students. ACME is a reliable authority regarding midwifery education. Since 1982, ACME has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) as a nationally recognized programmatic accrediting agency for nurse-midwifery and midwifery education programs. In May 2018, ACME was awarded the maximum five-year recognition for remaining in full compliance with the USED requirements.
What is Accreditation? Accreditation is a voluntary quality assurance activity conducted by both a program and an accrediting agency or body. Accreditation combines self-assessment and peer review--- where programs are evaluated against standards established in collaboration with its community of interests.
What is ACME Accreditation? ACME accreditation is designed to ensure that midwifery education programs provide high quality educational experiences, embody effective administrative policies and procedures and are committed to continuous improvement. ACME is recognized by the USED to grant preaccreditation and accreditation for basic certificate, basic graduate nurse-midwifery, direct-entry midwifery, and pre-certification nurse-midwifery education programs, including those programs that offer distance education. Programs earning the “ACME Accredited” distinction have demonstrated compliance with the ACME criteria and are performing at the highest level of quality.