Thank you for considering Frontier Nursing University for your graduate nursing education! We are proud to be educating and graduating exceptional advanced practice nurses and nurse-midwives to meet the healthcare needs of women, children and families everywhere.
Frontier strives to make the admissions process easy. Once you have reviewed the admissions criteria and determined that you are a candidate for our programs, please complete the application and follow the steps to get started on your journey. View the admissions calendar for class dates and application deadlines. Each year Frontier accepts:
- Eight MSN classes
- Four ADN Bridge classes
Starting with Bridge Class 138 we will be using NursingCAS for applications
- Four post-master’s DNP classes (for certified nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners seeking DNP)
Starting with PM-DNP Class 18 we will be using NursingCAS for applications
- North Carolina: FNU will not admit students from North Carolina (as of 2013) because of regulations in that state. 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. Current students and all those admitted through Class 109 from North Carolina are able to complete their planned program of study and graduate from FNU.
- **Updated 4/24/14 – We are pleased to announce that we have received licensure from the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina to offer the MSN and Post-Master's Certificates in the state of North Carolina. This means that we can now accept applications to the MSN, Post-Master's Certificate or Bridge entry option from NC residents and current students can conduct their clinicals in the State of NC.
- **Updated 7/15/2014 – We are pleased to announce that we have received licensure from the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina to offer the Post-Master's DNP and Companion DNP program in the state of North Carolina. This means that we can now accept applications for those programs from NC residents.
- Minnesota: FNU will not admit students from Minnesota (as of Oct. 31, 2013) because of regulations in that state. Minnesota requires out-of-state, degree-granting institutions that require a practicum in Minnesota to obtain a certificate of approval to operate from the Minnesota Higher Education Commission. FNU is currently in the process of seeking this approval.
- Arkansas: FNU will not admit students from Arkansas as of February 12, 2014 due to Arkansas regulations. Arkansas requires out-of-state degree granting institutions that require a practicum in Arkansas to obtain a certificate of approval to operate from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. FNU is currently in the process of seeking this approval.
- Maryland: FNU will not currently accept applications/admit students from Maryland due to Maryland Higher Education Commission regulations. Maryland requires out-of-state degree granting institutions that require a practicum in Maryland to obtain a certificate of approval to operate from the Maryland Higher Education Commission. FNU is currently in the process of seeking this approval
Admissions Criteria & Application Forms
Frontier offers education to become a nurse-midwife, family nurse practitioner or women’s healthcare nurse practitioner or to further your clinical skills with a post-master’s certificate or a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Below you will find the links to admissions criteria, calendars and applications for our various offerings.
This new program is for all incoming students seeking their MSN degree. It offers the option to complete only your master’s degree, if you choose, but gives you the opportunity to seamlessly complete a 17 credit hour Companion DNP curriculum.
Apply to FNU’s Master of Science in Nursing Program with option to complete Companion DNP
- MSN + Companion DNP: Admissions Criteria
- MSN + Companion DNP: Admissions Calendar
- MSN + Companion DNP: Application
For ADN-prepared nurses (without bachelor's in any field) seeking Master of Science in Nursing with option to complete Companion DNP, apply through FNU's ADN Bridge Entry Option
Apply through FNU's ADN Bridge Entry Option
The Post-Master's Certificate + Optional Companion DNP is an excellent option if you have your MSN or Master’s in Nursing and want to complete study beyond the master's level. It offers a route to specialization in an area not obtained in your original MSN studies. FNU offers Post-Master’s Certificates to become a Nurse-Midwife, Family Nurse Practitioner or Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner. You will also have the option, if you choose, to complete a 17 credit hour Companion DNP curriculum.
FNU’s Post-Master’s DNP degree program is designed for certified nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who aim to improve skills in leadership, clinical scholarship, evidence-based practice and clinical evaluation.
FNU offers several online graduate and continuing education courses for health care professionals who want to develop new knowledge and skills but are not seeking a degree.
If you’re a graduate of FNU’s Community-based Nurse-midwifery Education Program (CNEP) and completed your studies before FNU became a master’s-granting institution, learn more about completing your studies for your MSN.
Application & information for Master of Science in Nursing Completion for CNEP Graduates
If you're a graduate of FNU's Community-based Nurse-midwifery Education Program (CNEP) and wish to complete a second specialty in women's health, complete the application below.