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Calendar Year 2021

  • Bastyr University Master of Science in Midwifery Program, located at 14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore, WA 98028, received continuing programmatic accreditation, for a period of six years from October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2027. Board decision: September 8, 2021.
  • National College of Midwifery, located at 1041 Reed St, Suite C, Taos, NM 87571, received continuing institutional accreditation, for a period of six years from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2027. Board decision: June 14, 2021.
  • College of Traditional Midwifery, located at 327 Evergreen Drive, Summertown, TN 38483, was denied instititional preaccreditation status due to the school’s inability to meet minimal standards required for preaccreditation. Board initial decision: April 1, 2021. The school was given the opportunity to appeal the decision but did not do so. Board final decision: May 6, 2021.
  • Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery, located at 3944 Murphy Canyon Rd, suite C-200, San Diego, CA 92123, received approval for a substantive change to add distance education to the school’s grant of accreditation. Director of Accreditation Decision: April 28, 2021.
  • Heritage School of Midwifery, located at 2575 N Toledo Blade Blvd #3, North Port, FL 34289, had institutional preaccreditation status take effect. Preaccreditation period April 14, 2021 through April 13, 2022. Effective date: April 14, 2021.
  • Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery, located at 213 S. Dillard St, Suite #340, Winter Garden, FL 34787, received approval for a substantive change to add distance education to the school’s grant of accreditation. Director of Accreditation Decision: April 8, 2021.
  • Birthwise Midwifery School, located at 24 S. High St, Bridgton, ME 04009, received continuing institutional accreditation, for a period of four years from March 24, 2021 through March 23, 2025. Board decision: March 10, 2021.
  • Heritage School of Midwifery, located at 2575 N Toledo Blade Blvd #3, North Port, FL 34289, was granted institutional preaccreditation status contingent upon submission of an acceptable teach out plan. (The teach out plan is a federally required student protection in the event that the school is unable to successfully complete the initial accreditation process.) Effective date to be determined. Board decision: February 10, 2021.

 

Calendar Year 2020

  • Midwives College of Utah, located at 1174 E Graystone Way, suite 2, Salt Lake City, UT 84106, received confirmation of the continuation of institutional accreditation, for a period of six years from November 1, 2019 through October 31, 2025. Board Decision: September 9, 2020.
  • National College of Midwifery, located at 1041 Reed St, Suite C, Taos, NM 87571, received approval for a substantive change to add distance education to the school’s grant of accreditation. Director of Accreditation Decision: August 10, 2020.
  • Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, located at 810 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601, received confirmation of the continuation of institutional accreditation, for a period of six years from December 8, 2019 through December 7, 2025. Board Decision: August 5, 2020.
  • Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Direct Entry Midwife Program, located at 1800 Broson Boulevard, Fennimore, WI 53809, received confirmation of the continuation of programmatic accreditation, for a period of six years from September 4, 2019 through September 3, 2025. Board Decision: July 8, 2020.
  • Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery, located at 213 @ Dillard St, Suite #340, Winter Garden, FL 34787, was granted initial institutional accreditation, for a period of six years from July 8, 2020 through July 7, 2026. Board Decision: July 8, 2020.
  • National College of Midwifery, located at 1041 Reed St, Suite C, Taos, NM 87571, received an extention of the current institutional accreditation period due to COVID-19 interruptions in the site visit portion of the school’s comprehensive review process.  The extension will remain in effect pending outcome of the comprehensive review, to include an in-person site visit at an as yet undetermined but reasonable date. (Extention approved as per USDE guidance 20-007 COVID-19 Accreditors from OMB 3.17 S (1)). Board decision: June 3, 2020.
  • Birthwise Midwifery School, located at 24 S. High St, Bridgton, ME 04009, has voluntarily relinquished accreditation of the Midwifery Assistant program as of January 28, 2020. Board acknowledgment: February 5, 2020.

 

Calendar Year 2019

  • Maternidad La Luz, located at 1308 Magoffin St, El Paso, TX 79901, was denied approval for a continued teach out period due to concerns about the fair and equitable treatment of students and failure to follow notification requirements. Per the September 19, 2019 adverse action (see below), effective date of withdrawal of institutional accreditation is January 6, 2020 with submission of teach-out agreements for students still enrolled. Board Decision: December 4, 2019.
  • Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, located at 810 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601, was granted a continuation of institutional accreditation in order to complete the normal comprehensive review process. Board decision: October 29, 2019.
  • Maternidad La Luz, located at 1308 Magoffin St, El Paso, TX 79901, was issued an adverse action following outcome of the June 12, 2019 Show Cause Directive. Institutional accreditation will be withdrawn, pending a teach-out period. Anticipated effective date of withdrawal of accreditation: August 29, 2020. Initial Board Decision: August 29, 2019. Decision finalized: September 19, 2019 having received no appeal of the decision from the institution. (Decision updated, see December 4, 2019 decision above.)
  • Maternidad La Luz, located at 1308 Magoffin St, El Paso, TX 79901, has voluntarily withdrawn their application for renewal of institutional accreditation. Board acknowledgment: August 29, 2019.
  • Midwives College of Utah, located at 1174 E Graystone Way, suite 2, Salt Lake City, UT 84106, was granted a continuation of institutional accreditation in order to complete the normal comprehensive review process. Board decision: August 14, 2019.
  • Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Direct Entry Midwife Program, located at 1800 Broson Boulevard, Fennimore, WI 53809, was granted a continuation of programmatic accreditation in order to complete the normal comprehensive review process. Board decision: August 14, 2019.
  • Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery, located at 213 S Dillard, St, Suite #340, Winter Garden, FL 34787, was granted institutional preaccreditation status, effective August 14, 2019. Board Decision: August 14, 2019.
  • Maternidad La Luz, located at 1308 Magoffin St, El Paso, TX 79901, was issued a Show Cause Directive for failure to follow MEAC substantive change policies. Board Decision: June 12, 2019.
  • Birthingway College of Midwifery, located at 12113 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97266, received approval for a teach-out plan as part of their institution closure. Accreditation will be maintained for the duration of the teach-out period as it falls within the current grant of accreditation, to expire on October 31, 2022. Board decision: June 12, 2019.
  • Maternidad La Luz, located at 1308 Magoffin St, El Paso, TX 79901,was issued an adverse action following outcome of a compliance report. Adverse action was for suspension of accreditation in the 16-Month and Three-Year Midwifery programs due to noncompliance with Benchmark I.C2: Student Completion, a demonstrated pattern of incorrect, incomplete, and/or late reporting submissions, and concerns about widespread weakness in institutional systems, processes, and administrative capacity. Initial Board Decision: February 13, 2019. An appeal was initiated by the institution but was placed on administrative hold with the June 12, 2019 decision to issue a show cause directive (see below). Final decision superceded by the September 19, 2019 adverse action (see above).
  • Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, located at 810 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601, received approval for a substantive change to offer distance education and to open an additional location. Board Decision: February 13, 2019.
  • National Midwifery Institute, located at 88 Main St, Unit 302, Middlebury, VT 05753, received continuing institutional accreditation with probation, for a period of three years from March 27, 2019 through March 25, 2022. Board Decision: January 16, 2019.