Accreditation, Approval and Licensure
MCU is accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) which is approved by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. At the successful completion of the program, students obtain a degree in midwifery and the national credential of Certified Professional Midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives. Students living outside of the US, who wish to register or license, may have to complete a bridging program for the midwifery designation specific to their province or jurisdiction.
Midwives College of Utah is registered under the Utah Post-secondary Proprietary School Act (Title 53B, Chapter 5, Utah Code Annotated 1953). Registration under the Utah Post-secondary Proprietary School Act does not mean that the State of Utah supervises, recommends, nor accredits the institution. It is the student’s responsibility to determine whether credits, degrees, or certificates from the institution will transfer to other institutions or meet employers’ training requirements. This may be done by calling the prospective school and employer.
While there are many immediate factors to weigh when choosing the right midwifery program, a prospective student must also consider the future significance of obtaining a degree from a MEAC accredited school. When you graduate from Midwives College of Utah, you will have earned a diploma from a MEAC accredited midwifery program, meaning that employers and clients alike will know that your education was rigorous and held to the high standards set forth in MEAC’s mission and purpose. Learn more about MEAC.
MEAC standards incorporate the nationally recognized core competencies and guiding principles set by the Midwives Alliance of North America and the requirements for national certification of the North American Registry of Midwives. In doing so, MEAC strives to ensure the creation of competent midwives, and to provide a process for self-evaluation and peer evaluation for diverse educational programs.
Also, please consider the following important reasons provided by MEAC:
*Accreditation by MEAC reassures students that they will be eligible for NARM certification to become Certified Professional Midwives.
*Accreditation is a requirement for institutions that wish to participate in federally-funded financial aid programs.
*Accreditation is a quality-improvement process that includes both self-evaluation and feedback from peers, including other midwifery educators and school administrators.
*Accreditation is a measure of quality and means of accountability that is meaningful to students, their families, state and federal agencies and the public.