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Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)

The mission of the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) is to advance excellence and quality 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 nurse-midwifery education programs since 1982. In 1994, ACME approved criteria to accredit direct-entry midwifery education programs; the first program was preaccredited in April 1996.  ACME currently accredits programs offering nurse-midwifery and midwifery programs. ACME is administratively and financially autonomous from the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

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


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

Jaime L. Sampson, Administrative Assistant
[email protected]  
(240) 485-1802

Susan E. Stone, CNM, DNSc, FAAN, FACNM
ACME Chair, Board of Commissioners
(859) 253-3637 
[email protected]

Diane Boyer, CNM, PhD, FACNM
ACME Chair, Board of Review
(843) 641-0344
[email protected]


ACME Overview 

ACME History

Programs accredited by ACME

ACME Boards (names are followed by duration of term)


ACME Annual Reports

Accreditation Action Notices

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

ACME Documents

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

ACNM Documents

     ACNM standard setting documents, philosophy, Codes of Ethics

Becoming a Midwife

Pathways to Midwifery

The academic and professional qualifications, and relevant employment and organizational affiliations of ACME members are available on request.


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