Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Application Process and Requirements
- I just graduated nursing school, how soon can I apply?
- How many classes do you accept per year?
- I need help with the admissions process.
- What are the prerequisites (Admissions Criteria) for the program?
- What do I need to do for BSN completion? Does work experience count?
- I have my MSN from another University and am wondering what credits apply towards this program.
- I have some graduate credits; can I transfer any to Frontier?
- Is there a program for students who have a bachelor's in a non-nursing field to get a master's or doctorate degree?
- Do I need to get a master’s degree to enter the nurse-midwifery track?
- How do I accomplish this program through distance learning, and what type of timetable can I expect?
- Is distance education an option only for those within a certain radius of the school?
- How many times do I have to come to Hyden KY?
- Is financial aid available?
- Are there scholarships?
- Can you tell me the estimated income of a CNM or FNP?
- Is this program accredited?
- What does CNEP stand for?
- What is the pass rate on the certification exams?
- What is the employment rate for graduates?
- Is it possible to obtain both FNP and CNM certification through this program?
- How well prepared will I be after completion of the program?
- I am now 60 years old.... is this still an acceptable age to begin such a demanding program?
- Do I need to get a master’s degree if I already have one in nursing?
- I would like to know more about preceptors. Do they have to be NPs? Or can they be a combination of NP & MD/DO?
Application Process & Requirements
- One of the Admissions Criteria is that you have one year of nursing experience. Keep in mind that the Admissions Committee may waive this criterion if you have other relevant experience in health care. For nurse-midwifery applicants this would include working as a doula, lactation consultant, or childbirth educator.
- We currently accept 8 MSN + Companion DNP and PGC classes, 4 ADN to MSN + Companion DNP Bridge classes, and 3 Post-Master's DNP classes per year. The number of classes may change to meet the needs of admissions. Click here for the Admissions Calendar
- Our Admissions department is happy to assist you. Please contact Chasity Collett at 859-899-2604.
- If you are an RN without a bachelor's degree or associate’s degree in nursing, you should enroll in a BSN completion program. Requirements to complete the BSN will vary by program. See options at www.allnursingschools.com
- If you are an RN, with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field, then you may apply to our MSN + Companion DNP program and complete a portfolio with your application. Instructions for completing the portfolio can be viewed on the last page of the application. The portfolio takes work experience into consideration.
- If you have an MSN, we will review your transcripts and develop an individualized program plan for you.
- FNU allows student to transfer up to 12 credits from a regionally and professionally accredited school. Courses will be eligible for transfer credit if the student can demonstrate that they have had similar content in a prior academic graduate program in the past five years. For more information on transferring in courses please click here.
- Yes, applicants who have an RN, but have their bachelor's in a non-nursing field need to submit a portfolio with their application. Instructions for completing the portfolio are available in the last page of the application. You can find the portfolio instructions by CLICKING HERE.
- No, you need a baccalaureate degree to enter the MSN + Companion DNP program with a nurse-midwifery specialty, or if you have an associate degree in nursing you can apply to our ADN to MSN + Companion DNP Bridge option.
- FNU courses are taught in eleven (11) week terms. Your Student Advisor will assist you in developing a timeline at Frontier Bound orientation session that will meet your specific needs. The time frames for each specialty can be found at the following links: Nurse-Midwifery, Family Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner.
Orientation (Bridge Bound, Frontier Bound or DNP Bound), prepares you to be a student at a distance. FNU faculty provide guidance using a variety of modes such as computer forums, e-mail and telephone. Many assignments are designed to encourage interaction in your home community. Interaction with the school community is fostered through our web portal communication system and the use of the Community of Inquiry Model in our course design. Support, explanations, and information are also just as close as your e-mail or telephone. After completing the majority of didactic course work, you return to Hyden for an eight day intense learning experience focusing on clinical skills and simulations. Upon completion of this session, you are ready to begin your clinical learning experience.
Clinical preceptors are sought in your home community whenever possible. The goal is always to keep you as close to your home community as possible. At times, due to lack of appropriate clinical practice sites, students may be required to travel to a clinical site for part or all of their clinical experiences.
- No, FNU is an option for anyone, anywhere. We have had students in every state in the United States and even in foreign countries such as Canada, Germany, Japan and Costa Rica.
Students in the MSN + Companion DNP and PGC program are required to travel to the FNU campus in Hyden Kentucky twice during the program. The first trip is for Frontier Bound, a 3-day orientation where students meet faculty, staff and fellow students (those traveling via air will leave on the 4th day by 8:00 a.m. to return to the Lexington airport). Time is spent learning skills needed for distance learning, making life-long friends, reviewing curriculum and program plan, asking questions, and beginning to plan how to be a Frontier Nursing University student. The second required trip to campus if for Clinical Bound, which is an 8-day intensive training preparing you for the clinical practicum.
Students in the ADN to MSN + Companion DNP Bridge program are required to travel to the FNU campus in Hyden, Kentucky three times during the program. The first trip is for Bridge Bound (see above). After completion of the Bridge course sequence, students will return to campus for an intensive session entitled Crossing the Bridge, which starts the coursework in their chosen clinical specialty track. After completing this coursework, the students then return for Clinical Bound, which is an 8-day intensive training preparing you for the clinical practicum.
Students in the Post-Master's DNP program are required to travel to the FNU campus in Hyden, Kentucky twice during the program. The first is a three-day orientation to the program called PM-DNP Bound. The second on-campus experience is during the final term of the program, when students will attend a 3-day residency during which they will present their Capstone projects to their student colleagues and faculty.
- Yes, FNU students can apply for Federal Stafford Loans and Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. Please visit the Financial Aid section.
- If you have more financial aid questions, please contact the FNU Financial Aid Officer at 859-253-3637.
- Yes, there are several scholarship opportunities. Please see the scholarship website.
- This varies by location, but on average the annual income for either specialty is between $60,000-$80,000.
- Yes. For complete accreditation information, please visit the accreditation page.
- CNEP = Community-based Nurse-Midwifery Education Program which was the name used when the distance option was developed in 1989.
- CFNP = Community-based Family Nurse Practitioner Program
- CWHCNP = Community-based Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Year FNU ALL 2011 87% 84% 2010 88% 79% 2009 96% 85% 2008 87% 86% 2007 93% 88% AVERAGE 90% 85%
The American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification exam first time pass rate for CFNP graduates in 2009 was 97%
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification exam first time pass rate for CFNP graduates in 2009 was 97%
The National Certification Council (NCC) certification exam first time pass rate for CWHCNP graduates in for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 was 100% each year.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification exam pass rate for 2013 FNP students was 99%
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification exam pass rate for 2013 graduates taken since the first of the year was 100%
American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) certification exam pass rates for 2013.
Frontier's total pass rate was 93.97% (n=182) compared with a national total pass rate of 85.9% (n=629).
Frontier's first time pass rate was 93.6% (n=173) compared with a national first time pass rate of 88.7% (n=542).
Frontier's repeat pass rate was 100% (n=9) compared with a national repeat pass rate of 58.3% (n=87).
- Yes, FNU has a consecutive program plan that allows students to complete the MSN + Companion DNP program with one specialty option followed by the other specialty option with minimal overlap. For more information, click here.
You will have a solid preparation to be a beginning practitioner as a CNM, FNP, or WHCNP. Your preceptor will have signed a declaration of safety to this effect before you complete your clinical practicum. Our annual graduate surveys and employer surveys reveal that graduates are well prepared to enter clinical practice. This is further supported by the excellent outcomes on the national certification exams.
- Our students range in age from 23 to 62. Many of our students are very experienced nurses with a rich background in caring for families. For them, this is the next step in their career.
- No, you may enroll in the Post-Master's Certificate + Doctor or Nursing Practice program.
- Your primary FNU preceptor must have national certification in the specialty area in which you are studying. For example, a nurse-midwifery student must have a CNM preceptor, family nurse practitioner student must have a FNP preceptor, and women’s health care nurse-practitioners can use either a CNM or NP as a preceptor. For the FNP and women’s health care track, MDs can participate as a preceptor but should not be the primary preceptor.