ACME Accreditation Matters
All midwifery education programs that confer eligibility on the graduate to take the national certification exam administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) must be accredited or preaccredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). Withstanding, all students who graduate from a program that has earned the ACME preaccreditation, initial accreditation, or continued accreditation status are considered graduates of an “ACME accredited program” and are eligible to take the AMCB certification exam.
Accreditation as defined by the US Department of Education is “…the status of public recognition that an accrediting agency grants to an educational institution or program that meets the agency’s standards and requirements.” [34 CFR §602.3 Definitions] Preaccreditation as defined by the US Department of Education is “the status of public recognition that an accrediting agency grants to an educational institution or program for a limited period of time that signifies the agency has determined that the institution or program is progressing towards accreditation and is likely to attain accreditation before the expiration of that limited period of time.” [34 CFR §6 02.3 Definitions].
ACME, together with the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), and the A.C.N.M Foundation (the Foundation), works to ensure that there are Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) and Certified Midwives (CMs) performing at the highest level of quality. Should you have any questions, about the accreditation status of a program, please do not hesistate to contact ACME at [email protected]. Should you have any questions, about ACNM, AMCB or the Foundation and the services they provide, please contact the organization using the link provided below.