Program Overview

The online Doctor of Nursing Practice is designed to give graduates the tools they need in order to improve healthcare outcomes and the delivery of health through nursing leadership. 

Graduates will have the knowledge to critically analyze health care systems and primary care clinical situations; apply and evaluate of conceptual models, theories, and research to improve health outcomes; design programs using evidence-based practices; and lead in primary health care, health policy, and standards of care.

The program is unique in that students are able to chose a 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)
  • Women’s health care nurse practitioner (WHCNP)

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    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)


    • Hold a master's of science degree in nursing (MSN), a master's in nursing (MN), or a MS in nursing OR have a master’s degree in a related field (such as MPH or masters in midwifery or other area). 
    • Be a 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), women’s health care nurse practitioner (WHCNP), 
    • Have a current, active license in the United States with no encumbrances.
    • Have a GPA of 3.0 from the Master's program.
    • Provide official transcripts from all post-high school educational experiences.
    • Submit three professional references on FNU-supplied forms.
    • Resume.
    • One 4-day on-campus experiences (orientation before beginning the program).

    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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