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Frontier Nursing University

Frontier Nursing University (FNU) has been educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners for 75 years. FNU offers innovative distance education programs allowing registered nurses to become nurse-midwives, family nurse practitioners, women’s health care nurse practitioners or psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners, and earn their graduate degrees online.  Entry options for the Master of Science in Nursing program are offered for registered nurses with either an associate degree in nursing or a bachelor's degree in any field.

FNU’s distance education programs allow you to remain in your community with only 1-3 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. 

Program Overview:

  • Complete your coursework online with only 1-3 brief on-campus visits.
  • Clinical experience with practitioners in your own community.
  • Full or part-time options available and new classes starting throughout the year.
  • Entry as a registered nurse with either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Associate Degree in Nursing or Bachelor's degree in any field.
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post-Master’s Certificates offered.
  • Earn your MSN or Post-Master’s Certificate to become a nurse-midwife, family nurse practitioner, women’s healthcare nurse practitioner or psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with the option to seamlessly progress to the DNP degree.
  • MSN degree can be completed in approximately two years full-time (3 years for those entering with ADN).
  • 675 clinical hours for MSN; additional 360 clinical hours for those choosing to complete the DNP degree.

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-Master's 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. 

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.

Registered nurses with a BSN or bachelor’s degree (in any field) seeking to become a nurse-midwife will be admitted to the MSN + Companion DNP program. When you receive the Master of Science in Nursing degree, you may choose to either continue seamlessly into the 17 credit hour Companion 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-Master’s 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-Master’s 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. 

Program Overview:

  • Complete your coursework online with only 2 brief on-campus visits.
  • Clinical experience with practitioners in your own community.
  • Full or part-time options available and new classes starting throughout the year.
  • Entry as a registered nurse with either a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Bachelor's degree in any field (ADN nurses apply through ADN Bridge Entry Option).
  • Earn your MSN to become a nurse-midwife with the option to seamlessly progress to the DNP degree.
  • MSN degree can be completed in approximately two years full-time.
  • 675 clinical hours for MSN; additional 360 clinical hours for those choosing to complete the DNP degree.

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-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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  For full accreditation details visit http://www.frontier.edu/accreditation.

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 17 credit hour Companion DNP curriculum – without having to re-apply to Frontier – to earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Completing the DNP is highly recommended. 

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. 

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.

Program Overview:

  • Complete your coursework online with only 3 brief on-campus visits.
  • Clinical experience with practitioners in your own community.
  • Full or part-time options available and new classes starting throughout the year.
  • Entry as a registered nurse with Associate Degree in Nursing as highest degree earned.
  • Earn your MSN to become a nurse-midwife with the option to seamlessly progress to the DNP degree.
  • MSN degree can be completed in approximately three years full-time (includes one year of Bridge coursework).
  • 675 clinical hours for MSN; additional 360 clinical hours for those choosing to complete the DNP degree.

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-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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  For full accreditation details visit http://www.frontier.edu/accreditation.

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 17 credit hour Companion DNP curriculum – without having to re-apply to Frontier – to earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  Completing the DNP is highly recommended. 

In our Community-based Family Nurse Practitioner (CFNP), 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 Practitioner. FNU has agreements with preceptor sites across the country and continually adds sites. 

Program Overview:

  • Complete your coursework online with only 3 brief on-campus visits.
  • Clinical experience with practitioners in your own community.
  • Full or part-time options available and new classes starting throughout the year.
  • Entry as a registered nurse with Associate Degree in Nursing as highest degree earned.
  • Earn your MSN to become a family nurse practitioner with the option to seamlessly progress to the DNP degree.
  • MSN degree can be completed in approximately three years full-time (includes one year of Bridge coursework).
  • 675 clinical hours for MSN; additional 360 clinical hours for those choosing to complete the DNP degree.

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-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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  For full accreditation details visit http://www.frontier.edu/accreditation.

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 33 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.

Program Overview:

  • Distance education setting allowing you to remain in your own community
  • Full-time 15-month program; 33 credit hours.
  • Focus on health care issue of your choice for the capstone project
  • Two 3-day on-campus experiences
  • Small cohort of 20-25 students

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-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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  For full accreditation details visit http://www.frontier.edu/accreditation.

Post-Master’s Certificate – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – (Online)

The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty track educates students for advanced practice to improve mental health care and overall health status of communities with a focus on individuals across the lifespan and populations in rural and underserved areas.  The PMHNP program will prepare you to provide high-quality mental health care incorporating integrative care and telehealth technology. 

The PMHNP program is available as a Post-Master’s Certificate with the option of completing a Companion Doctor of Nursing Practice degree for currently certified Nurse-Midwives and Nurse Practitioners.  Applicants must have a master’s or higher degree in nursing and currently hold national certification in one of the following advanced practice registered nurse specialties to apply: 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).

All current nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners seeking to become a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner can be admitted to one of the following programs:

  • Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC) only (39 credit hours)

In the Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC) program, students who successfully complete the program of study for the PMHNP will receive a post-master’s certificate with eligibility for the national certification exam as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Completion of the PMHNP Post--Master’s Certificate (PMC) requires 39 credits, with the option for a 15 month or 18 month plan of study.

  • Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC) + Companion DNP program (65 credit hours)

For students who desire to pursue the the PMC and also a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, the PMC + Companion DNP program option will be the best fit. This plan of study allows for the completion of the Post-Master’s Certificate and gives students the option to continue seamlessly into the Companion DNP curriculum – without having to reapply – to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Students seeking the PMC + Companion DNP will complete approximately 65 total credits depending on gap analysis review of previous transcripts and identification of any additional courses needed. Completing the DNP degree is highly recommended.

In FNU’s distance education programs, your home community serves as your classroom. You’ll also complete a clinical practicum in your community. Our curriculum has a strong academic and clinical basis. It is unique in that we teach you not only to be a nurse practitioner, but also to be an entrepreneur and a leader in the healthcare system.

 Program Overview:

  • Earn a Post-Master's Certificate with option of completing a Companion DNP.
  • Distance education setting allowing you to remain in your own community.
  • Two brief visits to Kentucky campus (4 days and 5 days).
  • Full time and part time options available.
  • Small cohort of 25 students.

For applicants seeking MSN with option of Companion DNP:

The PMHNP MSN+Companion DNP program will launch in 2018 with applications accepted in summer 2017.

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