Frontier Nursing University

195 School Street, Hyden, KY 41749

School Details

Frontier Nursing University is a private non-profit graduate school located in Hyden, Kentucky that was founded by Mary Breckinridge in 1932.  In 1970, the name was changed from The Frontier Nursing Service to The Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing with the opening of the nation’s first family nurse practitioner program. In 1989, the school became the first graduate school of nurse-midwifery program to offer distance education programs. In 2011, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing became Frontier Nursing University and in that same year the school was ranked as 13th among graduate schools of nurse-midwifery and 14th among family nurse practitioner programs by U.S. News & World Reports.

FNU offers distance education to nurses with an interest in nurse-midwifery, family health and women’s health specialties. Didactic coursework is delivered using web-based, distance education courses allowing students to achieve their higher education goals without leaving home for classes. Using clinics, hospitals, and preceptors in their own community allows students to get the hands-on clinical experience required for these exciting health care professions. Two on-campus sessions are required, including an orientation prior to beginning studies, and intensive skill workshops prior to beginning the clinical practicum. Orientation (Bridge Bound, Frontier Bound or DNP Bound), prepares you to be a student at a distance. FNU faculty provide guidance using a variety of modes such as computer forums, e-mail and telephone. Support, explanations, and information are also just as close as your e-mail or telephone. After completing the majority of didactic course work, you return to Hyden, Kentucky for an eight-day intense learning experience focusing on clinical skills and simulations. Upon completion of this session, you are ready to begin your clinical learning experience. Clinical preceptors are sought in your home community whenever possible. The goal is always to keep you as close to your home community as possible. At times, due to lack of appropriate clinical practice sites, students may be required to travel to a clinical site for part or all of their clinical experiences.

This school only has 1,044 students, 608 of which are full time graduate students. The majority (86.7%) of students are Caucasian at FNU and 100% of the 54 faculty members are Caucasian.

A variety of financial aid opportunities are available at Frontier Nursing University. Institutional scholarships, federal financial aid and external scholarships are the primary options for tuition assistance. Students are eligible for the Federal Stafford Subsidized and Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. The primary goal of FNU Financial Aid Services is to assist students in securing funding to meet the expenses associated with their education. Currently students who are enrolled at least half-time are eligible for a maximum Stafford Loan of $20,500.00. However, there are three factors that may affect eligibility for loans:

  1. Being close to or exceeding your graduate aggregate loan limit of $138,500
  2. Defaulting on a student loan
  3. Not being a permanent resident or citizen of the United States.

Full time or twenty-four month students are eligible to borrow federal student loan monies twice during the program and must submit a FAFSA for both years of application. Normally twenty-four month students will be eligible to borrow only twice during the program. One year must have passed from the time you borrowed the first loan until you request funds for the second year. Part-time or thirty-six month students are eligible to borrow federal student loan monies three times during the program and must submit a FAFSA application each year in the program. Normally thirty-six month students will be eligible to borrow only three times during the program. One year must have passed from the time you borrowed the first loan until you request funds for the second year.

Admissions requirements at Frontier Nursing University vary by program. For the MSN program, you must be a registered nurse with at least a year of work experience. If your undergraduate GPA was at least 3.0, you do not need to take the MAT or GRE. Note: Frontier Nursing University will not admit students from North Carolina beginning in 2013 due to NC regulations. North Carolina requires distance education programs with a physical presence in the state (clinical hours) to be approved by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina. FNU is in the process of seeking this approval.

The tuition payment each term is a flat rate based on the total number of credit hours divided by the number of terms in each specialty track; therefore changes in registration do not affect each term’s tuition cost. Tuition is currently set at $465 per credit for full-time students and $505 per credit for part- time students, MSN completion students, CNEP graduates completing the WHCNP post-master’s certificate, and non-matriculating students. Tuition is currently set at $520 per credit for students enrolled in the DNP Program. Per the FNU Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, full-time students must complete a minimum of five credits in every two terms and part-time students must complete a minimum of three credits every two terms. FNU courses are taught in eleven-week terms (4 quarters per school year). All courses are offered each term. Depending on the specialty track, full-time students are expected to complete the program in 21 to 27 months and part-time students will complete in 30 to 36 months. Please note that the DNP program is a cohort model designed to be completed full-time.  There is no part-time option for the DNP program.

Frontier Nursing University 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 nurse-midwifery post-masters 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, and women's health care nurse practitioner tracks, are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

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N/A

Restrictions:

Frontier Nursing University will not admit students from North Carolina beginning in 2013 due to NC regulations.

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School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    N/A

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
  • Geographic Restrictions:

    Frontier Nursing University will not admit students from North Carolina beginning in 2013 due to NC regulations.

  • Total Enrollments:
    1,044
  • Adult Age Enrollments:
    N/A
  • Percent Admitted:
    N/A
  • Calendar System:
    Quarter

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