Schools Seeking Accreditation
There are benefits of accreditation for schools, students, and the midwifery community. To take advantage of these benefits, institutions and programs must undergo a process of self- and peer-review. You can gain an overview of this process by watching this short video:
Institutions Seeking Accreditation
Institutional accreditation refers to the review and approval of an entire institution, including all of its financial and management aspects. MEAC institutional accreditation is limited to independent or freestanding educational entities that primarily provide midwifery education.
Schools interested in Institutional Accreditation should review the institutional standards, the accreditation process, timelines and fees as well as MEAC’s policies and procedures found under Accreditation Handbook.
If the institution also offers other educational programs beyond the scope of midwifery expertise, the institution must be accredited by another agency recognized by the US Department of Education and the midwifery educational program can then apply for MEAC programmatic accreditation.
Applications for Accreditation
Every school is required to undergo a pre-accreditation workshop prior to submitting an application for initial accreditation. When the workshop is complete, MEAC will provide the most recent version of the programmatic or institutional application. Sample applications for institutions and programs are available here for reference only. Contact the MEAC office to schedule the pre-accreditation workshop.
Programs Seeking Accreditation
Programmatic accreditation refers to the review and approval of a midwifery program that legally functions as part of an accredited institution with a scope larger than midwifery. In order to apply for programmatic accreditation, the program must be housed within an institution already accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education.
Schools interested in Programmatic Accreditation should review the programmatic standards, the accreditation process, timelines and fees as well as MEAC’s policies and procedures found under Accreditation Handbook.
Prerequisites to Application
Just as schools have with students, MEAC has prerequisites and a set of admissions requirements.
Prerequisites for beginning the accreditation process:
1) A member of your administration must participate in one of our pre-accreditation workshops.
2) You must carefully review the MEAC Standards that apply to your school. In order to become accredited, you’ll need to show us that you’re in compliance with all of them.
3) You must carefully review the MEAC Handbook.
1) Completed application, the template for which is supplied after the pre-accreditation workshop is complete.
2) You must be established as a non-profit or for-profit institution and be able to document your tax status with the IRS.
3) You must have a governance structure in place (e.g. board of directors or trustees).
4) You must have a written mission statement.
5) You must be legally authorized to offer educational programs everywhere you operate. If you offer distance learning or clinical placements in more than one state, this may mean that you need to be authorized in multiple states.
6) If there are other regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over you (e.g. state midwifery board), you must be appropriately authorized to operate.
7) You must have a course catalog and a student handbook.
8) You must ensure that you offer clinical experiences for students that satisfy NARM requirements.