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Frontier Nursing University – The Birthplace of Nurse-Midwifery and Family Nursing

For 75 years, Frontier Nursing University (FNU) has educated nursing and midwifery leaders who have touched the lives of children and families across the nation and around the globe. Today, FNU is a premier nursing university preparing more nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners than any other school in the country. Through innovative distance education programs, FNU makes graduate-level education accessible to nurses in rural areas. Registered nurses can become nurse-midwives, family nurse practitioners or women's health care nurse practitioners by completing coursework online and clinical experiences in their own communities. These nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners carry out FNU's mission every day by providing primary care to women and families with an emphasis on rural and underserved populations.

FNU proudly claims the following:

  • Affordable tuition with financial aid and scholarships available
  • 75 years of experience in graduate nursing and midwifery education
  • Oldest and largest continually operating nurse-midwifery education program in the United States
  • First family nurse practitioner program in the country
  • Pioneered the first midwifery community based distance education program in the United States in 1989
  • Nearly 4,000 nurses and midwives have graduated with advanced practice degrees
  • Students and alumni represent every U.S. state and many foreign countries

Program Specialties and Degree Options

Entry options for FNU's nurse-midwifery and nurse practitioner programs are offered for registered nurses with either an associate degree in nursing or a bachelor's degree in any field. Programs offered include Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees as well as Post-Master's Certificates.

Specialties Offered:

Distance Education Options:

FNU's distance education programs allow you to complete your studies either full-time or part-time and remain in your community with only 2-3 brief on-campus sessions during your course of study. These sessions include a three-day initial orientation session and an advanced skill building session prior to starting the clinical experience. You will complete all coursework online and the clinical experience in your home community. Clinical preceptors are sought within your home area to help you get the hands-on clinical experience required for the nurse-midwifery or nurse practitioner professions.

FNU's MSN + Companion DNP program allows you to complete your Master of Science in Nursing degree to become a nurse-midwife or nurse practitioner with the added option to seamlessly progress to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. You may choose to complete only the MSN degree or seamlessly finish both the MSN and DNP degrees. For registered nurses entering with a bachelor's degree as their highest degree, the MSN program is approximately two years full-time. For those entering with an associate degree in nursing as their highest degree, they will enter through FNU's ADN Bridge Entry Option and the MSN will take approximately three years full-time. For all students choosing to continue seamlessly to complete the Companion DNP, only 17 additional credits will be required.

Program Overview:

  • Complete your coursework online with only 2-3 brief on-campus visits.
  • Clinical experience with practitioners in your own community.
  • Full or part-time options available and new classes starting throughout the year.
  • Entry as a registered nurse with either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Associate Degree in Nursing or Bachelor's degree in any field.
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post-Master's Certificates offered.
  • Earn your MSN to become a nurse-midwife, family nurse practitioner or women's healthcare nurse practitioner with the option to seamlessly progress to the DNP degree.
  • MSN degree can be completed in approximately two years full-time (3 years for those entering with ADN).
  • 675 clinical hours for MSN; additional 360 clinical hours for those choosing to complete the DNP degree.
Frontier Nursing University
Hyden, KY