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Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)

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

The Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education has been 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.

ACME Workshop on May 21, 2017 at the ACNM Annual Meeting in Chicago, Il. 

Maximizing Educational Quality through the ACME Criteria

The process of accreditation of midwifery education programs is becoming more complex. Often program directors and other faculty have not had experience in preparing for the accreditation process or an understanding on compliance requirements year to year. This workshop is designed to provide attendees with all of the nuts and bolts of ACME accreditation. It will also provide up-to-date information on writing the Self-Evaluation Report (SER) and preparing for a site visit. Attendees will actively participate in activities designed to prepare them for a successful accreditation process and annual monitoring during the accreditation period. Information presented will also be relevant for those planning to start a new midwifery education program and for those preparing for the pre-accreditation process. This workshop is highly recommend for all new program directors. For midwifery programs who are up for review in the next one to three years, this would be an excellent workshop to attend and learn how to prepare and organize for your review and site visit. Presenters: Dr. Peter Johnson, PhD, CNM, FACNM, ACME Board of Commissioners Chair; Dr. Melissa Avery, PhD, CNM, FACNM, ACME Board of Commissioners Vice Chair; Heather L. Maurer, MA, ACME Executive Director. To register visit,

To view the schedule for our programmatic reviews, please click here.

ACME Overview

ACME Strategic Plan 2015-2018

Midwifery Education and Accreditation in the U.S.

ACME History

ACME Accredited Programs

ACME Boards & Board Members

ACME Announcements & Third Party Comments

ACME Newsletter

ACME Annual Reports

ACME Accreditation Action Notices

Past accreditation actions by the ACME Board of Review, by year.

ACME Accreditation Documents, Fee Schedule & Forms

ACME Criteria, Policies and Procedures Manual, ACNM documents, and other accreditation related documents, and PowerPoint reviews of procedures.

ACME Trainings, Reports & Presentations

ACME Volunteer Opportunities

Becoming a Midwife

Midwifery Programs for Aspiring Midwives to Consider

Pathways to Midwifery

Admission, Program, Clinical & Financial Information for Aspiring Midwives


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

Julie Levin, Accreditation Coordinator
[email protected]
(240) 485-1802

(410) 948-8603

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.

ACME National Office, Suite 1550, 8403 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910

American College of Nurse-Midwives.
8403 Colesville Rd, Suite 1550 | Silver Spring MD 20910
Phone: 240-485-1800 | Fax: 240-485-1818
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