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Frontier Nursing University

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Frontier Nursing University


Frontier Nursing University (FNU) has been educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners for 80 years. FNU offers innovative distance education programs allowing registered nurses to become nurse-midwives, family nurse practitioners or women’s health care nurse practitioners, and earn their graduate degrees online.  Entry options 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 and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees as well as Post-Graduate Certificates.

FNU’s distance education programs allow you to 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.

Our curriculum has a strong academic and clinical basis. It is unique in that we teach you not only to be a nurse-midwife, but also to be an entrepreneur and a leader in maternal and infant health care. There is also a strong primary care component, preparing you to care for women across the lifespan.

In our Community-based Nurse-Midwifery Education Program (CNEP), you will complete your studies either full-time or part-time with your home community serving as your classroom. You’ll also complete a clinical practicum in your community, where you’ll work closely with a Certified Nurse-Midwife. FNU has agreements with preceptor sites across the country and continually adds sites. 

MSN - Nurse-Midwifery (Online – for bachelor’s prepared RNs) Frontier Nursing University

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and a Post-Graduate Certificate are offered in the nurse-midwifery specialty track.  In our Community-based Nurse-Midwifery Education Program (CNEP), you will complete your studies either full-time or part-time with your home community serving as your classroom. You’ll also complete a clinical practicum in your community, where you’ll work closely with a Certified Nurse-Midwife. FNU has agreements with preceptor sites across the country and continually adds sites. 

Registered nurses with a BSN or bachelor’s degree (in any field) seeking to become a nurse-midwife will be admitted to the MSN program. When you receive the Master of Science in Nursing degree, you may choose to either continue seamlessly into the 19 credit hour DNP program or end your studies with the MSN. Completing the DNP is highly recommended.  For advanced practice nurses already certified as a nurse practitioner who wish to add certification as a nurse-midwife, our Post-Graduate Certificate program may be a good fit.

Students will sit for the certification examination to become a Certified Nurse-Midwife after the MSN degree or Post-Graduate Certificate is conferred. Students are strongly encouraged to seamlessly continue on to complete the DNP.  Applicants with an ADN and no bachelor’s degree in any field will apply through the ADN Bridge Entry Option. 

MSN – Nurse-Midwifery (Online - ADN Bridge Entry Option)

The ADN Bridge Entry Option allows registered nurses holding an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) as the highest degree earned (no bachelor’s in any field), to directly enter our nurse-midwifery Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. 

As a Bridge student, you will complete a series of Bridge courses over 12 months and then continue on to complete the MSN curriculum in your designated specialty track. Once you complete the core competencies for your specialty, the MSN is conferred and you’ll be fully prepared to take the national certification exam to start your career as a Certified Nurse-Midwife. At this juncture, you can leave the program with your master’s or continue seamlessly into the 19 credit hour DNP curriculum – without having to re-apply to Frontier – to earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Completing the DNP is highly recommended.

MSN – (ADN Bridge Entry Option) – Family Nurse Practitioner (Online)

The ADN Bridge Entry Option allows registered nurses holding an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) as the highest degree earned (no bachelor’s in any field), to directly enter our Family Nurse Practitioner Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. 

As a Bridge student, you will complete a series of Bridge courses over 12 months and then continue on to complete the MSN curriculum in your designated specialty track. Once you complete the core competencies for your specialty, the MSN is conferred and you’ll be fully prepared to take the national certification exam to start your career as a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. At this juncture, you can leave the program with your master’s or continue seamlessly into the 19 credit hour DNP curriculum – without having to re-apply to Frontier – to earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Completing the DNP is highly recommended.

Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice – (Online)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is conceived as the highest degree for clinical nursing practice. The Frontier Post-Master's DNP program is designed for certified nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who want to improve their skills in the areas of leadership, clinical scholarship, evidence based practice and clinical evaluation.   Candidates for FNU’s online Post-Master’s DNP program must hold licensure as a registered nurse, a master’s degree and national certification in one of the following specialty areas:

  • adult nurse practitioner (ANP)
  • certified nurse-midwife (CNM)
  • family nurse practitioner (FNP)
  • geriatric-adult nurse practitioner (GANP)
  • geriatric nurse practitioner (GNP)
  • pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP)
  • psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP)
  • women’s health care nurse practitioner (WHCNP)

The Post-Master's DNP program will build upon and expand the competencies of the masters' prepared advanced practice nurse.   The goal of the program is to improve health care outcomes and the delivery of primary health through enhanced nursing leadership. Our focus is on rural and underserved populations.
The Post-Master's DNP program is a full-time 28 credit hour program, including eight credits (360 hours) of clinical practicum. The curriculum is delivered using distance education strategies over the course of five, 11-week terms. There are two required on-campus experiences. The first is a three-day orientation to the program called DNP bound. The second on-campus experience is during the final term of the program when students will attend a three-day session during which they will present their Capstone projects to their fellow students, colleagues and faculty.

 

Accreditation:

FNU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award masters degrees and doctoral degrees. FNU is licensed by the Kentucky Council of Postsecondary Education to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and both certificates and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) for nurse-midwifery, family nurse practitioner, and women's health care nurse practitioner specialties. The nurse-midwifery post-graduate certificate program and master's program are fully accredited by the ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). The Doctor of Nursing Practice, the Master of Science in Nursing program and the post-master's certificates, including the nurse-midwifery, family nurse practitioner, women's health care nurse practitioner and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner tracks, are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  For full accreditation details visit http://www.frontier.edu/accreditation.