Philadelphia University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The M.S. in Midwifery and Post-Master’s Certificate are fully accredited by the ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) (formerly the ACNM Division of Accreditation). The most recent program accreditation runs from May, 2008 through June, 2015.

ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME)
8403 Colesville Road, Ste. 1550
Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374
(240) 485-1802
Email contact for ACME is:

Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination offered by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) to earn the credential CNM or CM. Completion of the program prepares graduates to work in all practice settings.


For further information on the CM Pathway please refer to:

Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education. (2005). The Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviors Prerequisite to Midwifery Clinical Coursework. Retrieved from:

Fullerton, J. T., Shah, M. A., Schecter, S., & Muller, J. H. (2000). Integrating qualified nurses and non-nurses in midwifery education: The two-year experience of an ACNM DOA accredited program. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 45(1), 45-54.


Program Statistics:

Cumulative Graduation Statistics 2005-2011
Admit Year Students Matriculating Graduates by Admit Year
2005 16 12
2006 21 15
2007 13 9
2008 15 10
2009 17 13
2010 22 11
2011 28 20 anticipated*
Total 132 90
Overall 7-Year Graduation Rate Average:  68%
*includes part-time students in good standing anticipating degrees this year
  • Academic or Disciplinary Dismissal:  9
  • Withdrawal or Leave of Absence (personal reasons such as family or health crisis):  26
  • Withdrawal (academic):  6
  • Decelerated during education, but in good standing: 6


American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) Pass Rate Information

Year All Takers # First Time Pass Repeat Pass Total Pass Rate
2015* 6* 6/6    (100%) not applicable 100%*
2014 16 9/16   (56%)** 3/3  (100%) 63%
2013 17 14/15  (93%) 2/2  (100%) 94%
2012 17 8/10   (80%) 5/7   (71%) 76%

*Pass verified on the AMCB instant verification website.  Still in process
**Of our 19 graduates in 2014, 17 are now Certified Midwives or Certified Nurse-Midwives. 

From 2005 to 2013 all program graduates who have taken their board examinations have passed (100% cumulative pass rate).


Third Party Comment for Re-Accreditation:

The Midwifery institute of Philadelphia University is seeking written third-party comment concerning the qualifications for accreditation of our MS in midwifery and the Post-Master's Certificate education programs for basic midwifery education. These programs will be reviewed for renewal of accreditation at the July 2015 ACME Board of Review meeting. Upon request to ACME, comments will be considered confidential. Your comments will be included with other program materials undergoing review in July, 2015. In all instances, your comments must directly relate to the continuing accreditation of the MS in Midwifery or the Post-Master’s Certificate for basic midwifery education and the ACME Criteria for Programmatic Accreditation, (December 2009, Revised June 2013). 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 by March 3, 2015 to, or mailed to ACME at 8403 Colesville Rd., Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910.