The Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) was formed in 1991 by the National Coalition of Midwifery Educators as a not-for-profit organization, and is approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for programs and institutions . MEAC’s standards for accreditation were developed by expert midwifery educators from a variety of midwifery educational programs in the United States. MEAC is a membership organization comprised of institutions and programs accredited by MEAC.
The purpose of MEAC is to establish standards and criteria for the education of competent midwives, and to provide a process for self-evaluation and peer evaluation for diverse educational programs.
MEAC standards incorporate the nationally recognized core competencies and guiding principles set by the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), and the requirements for national certification of the North American Registry of Midwives. MEAC’s accreditation criteria for midwifery education programs reflect the unique components and philosophy of the Midwives Model of Care. Creativity, innovation and flexibility are the hallmarks of Certified Professional Midwifery education.
MEAC currently accredits 8 institutions and 2 programs housed within institutions, and is reviewing applications from two additional schools. Several other schools are considering applying for accreditation. MEAC schools offer an impressive array of options for students, including: pure and hybrid distance education; traditional classroom and preceptor training; correspondence education; 4 schools offering Title IV funding; degree granting and/or certificate programs; and intensive birth center-based training.
At the end of December 2012, MEAC schools had a total of 681 students enrolled, a 17% increase over December 2011. This is the largest percent yearly increase ever; however enrollment has increased every year for the last decade. In 2013, 372 students sat for the national CPM examination, with 168 of those students having graduated from MEAC schools.
For more information about MEAC, visit: www.meacschools.org