When Mary Breckinridge founded the Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, KY, she understood what it meant to be passionate about the care given to patients and the knowledge imparted upon students. Today, as a pioneer in graduate nursing and midwifery education, FNU remains at the forefront of innovation and technology, offering distance education to nurses with an interest in nurse-midwifery, family health, women’s health and psychiatric-mental health specialties. FNU provides advanced educational preparation for nurses who seek to become nurse-midwives (CNM), family nurse practitioners (FNP), women’s health care nurse practitioners (WHCNP) or psychiatric-mental health nurse pracitioners by providing a community-based distance graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), a post-graduate certificate or a Doctor of Nursing Practice.
FNU seeks to meet the needs of prospective nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who do not want to leave their home communities to obtain the graduate education they desire to fulfill their professional aspirations. 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. Complete your education online and your clinical work in your own community while fulfilling the mission that Frontier has held for more than 75 years.
Mary Breckinridge, Founder
Frontier Nursing Service - 1925
FNU proudly claims the following:
- 75 years of experience in graduate nursing and midwifery education
- Oldest and largest continually operating nurse-midwifery education program in the United States
- First family nurse practitioner program in the country
- Pioneered the first midwifery community based distance education program in the United States in 1989
- Nearly 5,000 nurses and midwives have graduated with advanced practice degrees
- Students and alumni represent every U.S. state and many foreign countries
- Ranked by US News & World Report in the:
- Top 15 family nurse practitioner programs.
- Top 50 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
- Named a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education