Program Overview

The online Post-Graduate Certificate in Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner is deisgned for students interested in furthering their nursing education. 

The program is divided into four levels of study:

  • Level I -  “Foundations for Practice”
  • Level II -  “Clinical Management for Specialty Care”
  • Level III - “Clinical Bound” 
  • Level IV - “Clinical Practicum” 

Upon completing the PGC curriculum, you will be fully prepared to take the national certification exam in your given area of study.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)


    • Have a master’s or higher degree in nursing granted from a nationally (CCNE or ACEN) accredited nursing program, and be an advance practice registered nurse with a national certification as: 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).
    • Have a GPA of 3.0 from the most recent degree (nursing or related field) earned.
    • Hold a current, active license in the United States with no encumbrances. 
    • Have taken a statistics course as defined in the statistics course pre-requisite section of the catalog within last 10 years prior to enrolling in FNU.
    • Submit three professional references including at least two from nursing supervisors, nursing school faculty, or CNM/NP/MD/DO colleagues and no more than one from a peer on FNU-supplied forms.

    School Overview

    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.

    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.


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