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

ACME has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1982 as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for nurse-midwifery and midwifery education programs. Continuous recognition 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 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. The ACME BOR meet in February and July each year to conduct full reviews of programs who are eligible for review.

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

ACME Contacts:

Heather L. Maurer, MA, Executive Director
[email protected]
(240) 485-1803

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

Anne Cockerham, PhD, CNM, WHNP-BC, CNNE
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.

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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