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About ACME

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.

Interested in ACME Accreditation?

To learn more about ACME accreditation, visit Accreditation Information or please send an email to [email protected].

ACME Governance
Board of Commissioners
The Board of Commissioners (BOC) is the governing body for ACME. ACME is administratively and financially autonomous from the American College of Nurse-Midwives. The BOC is responsible for formulating and administering policies and procedures, developing accreditation criteria and establishing the strategic direction for the agency. The BOC meets monthly.

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee (AC) is established by the BOC to provide input and advice to the BOC on broad issues related to education, and as needed, contributes to the development of policies and the evaluation of ACME. The AC is composed of members representing nursing, medicine, education, public health, allied health, and the public; and includes the immediate past chair of ACME.

Board of Review

The Board of Review (BOR) is a body within ACME that has chief responsibility for determining and granting pre/accreditation status based on a review of the program and its compliance with ACME criteria. The BOR is charged with evaluating nurse midwifery/midwifery education programs, rendering decisions and monitoring ongoing compliance. The BOR is committed to the consistent application and enforcement of ACME criteria. The BOR meets in February and July of each year to conduct full reviews of programs that are up for review in the respective year.

Site Visitor Panel

The Site Visitor Panel (SVP) is responsible for conducting site visits and reviewing the program’s preaccreditation report (PAR) or self-evaluation report (SER) against the ACME criteria. The SVP members amplify, clarify and verify the evidence that a program has submitted to ACME in its PAR or SER.

BOC, AC, BOR and SVP Members

Click here to view the current BOC, AC, BOR and SVP list of members

Interested in serving?
To learn more about serving on the BOC, AC, BOR and/or SVP, visit ACME Volunteers or send an email to [email protected].

ACME Contacts
Angela Smith, Executive Director
[email protected]

Anne Cockerham, PhD, CNM, WHNP-BC, CNNE, FACNM
ACME Board of Commissioners, Chair
[email protected]

General Inquiries: [email protected] or (240) 485-1803

Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) c/o American College of Nurse-Midwives, Suite 1230, 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. 1230 Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 240.485.1800 Fax: 240.485.1818
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