Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education Call for Comments

February 15, 2018

Seattle University College of Nursing is currently preparing its application to the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) to renew its accreditation for a new 10-year term. Nurse Midwifery preparation programs under consideration for re-accreditation include the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Post-Doctoral Certificate. The ACME accreditation process is separate from the DNP program accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

ACME is seeking written third-party comments concerning the qualifications for re-accreditation of Seattle University’s nurse-midwifery programs, in accordance with the requirements of the ACME Policies and Procedures Manual, and the U.S. Department of Education. 

Seattle University’s nurse-midwifery programs will be reviewed for renewal of accreditation at the July 2018 ACME Board of Review meeting. This letter is to inform you that you have an opportunity to comment on this renewal. Upon request, your comments will be considered confidential. Your comments will be included with the materials submitted by the program to the Board of Review.

In all instances, your comments must directly relate to the continuing accreditation of a program and the ACME Criteria for Programmatic Accreditation, (December 2009, Revised June 2013, April 2015). This document may be found at under ACME Documents. Please cite the particular criterion of concern in your comments. 

All written comments should be sent to the attention of Heather L. Maurer, ACME executive director,, or mailed to ACME, 8403 Colesville Rd., Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910. 

Deadline for comments to be received for July 2018 Board of Review Meeting: May 1, 2018

About the Seattle University DNP and Post-Doctoral Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery programs of study:

The DNP program offers a focal area of study in Nurse-Midwifery (CNM) that prepares graduates to become leaders and innovators in the dual professions of nursing and midwifery. The CNM program of study is unique in that it includes not only the basic core competencies and curriculum essentials required by certifying and accrediting organizations, but also focuses on global midwifery practice, and includes an optional clinical course in Global Health for Clinicians.

Graduates of both the DNP in Nurse-Midwifery and Post-Doctoral Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery are qualified to take the certification examination of the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) and practice full-scope nurse-midwifery utilizing the Philosophy of Care of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM, 2004 at

Midwifery faculty at Seattle University are committed to the humane education of midwives by utilizing the highest academic standards of evidence-based practice, health care service design, and outcome evaluation. They are further dedicated to the education of health care professionals and leaders with a deep commitment to actively work toward a just and humane world for women, children, and families.

In 2011, Seattle University College of Nursing’s first class of Nurse-Midwifery students graduated with Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees. Since then almost 100 students have received either a MSN or Post-Master’s Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery. Our graduates are employed in many midwifery roles: full-scope clinical practice, CNM educational program faculty, global health practitioners, and educators, to name a few.

In 2017, the Nurse-Midwifery terminal degree at Seattle University College of Nursing was changed from an MSN to a DNP. We continue to attract an outstanding national pool of applicants to our signature midwifery programs. We are proud of our DNP curriculum design and our ability to combine both experienced nurses and people with diverse previous degrees and professional backgrounds into rich midwifery student cohorts.

We welcome stakeholder comments in our re-accreditation process.


Kristen M. Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and Professor
College of Nursing
Seattle University