Program Overview

The online Master of Science in Nursing / Community-Based Family Nurse Practitioner is designed for students who are interested in advancing their education or careers in the health and human services profession. 

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” 

Graduates will be fully prepared to move seamlessly into the Doctor of Nursing Program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    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)

    Requirements

    • Be a RN with educational preparation from a nationally (CCNE or ACEN) accredited nursing program.
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 from the most recent degree (nursing or related field) earned.
    • Be a registered nurse with a current, active license in the United States with no encumbrances.
    • Have one year of Registered Nursing Experience. For RNs with less than one year of RN experience, the Admissions Committee may consider other significant experience in health care including working as a doula, childbirth educator, and/or lactation consultant.
    • Submit three professional references.
    • Two on campus visits is required.

    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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