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Frontier Nursing University
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Distance Education from the Birthplace of Nurse-Midwifery and Family Nursing in America

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 and women’s health specialties. FNU provides advanced educational preparation for nurses who seek to become nurse-midwives (CNM), family nurse practitioners (FNP), or women’s health care nurse practitioners (WHCNP) by providing a community-based distance graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), a post-master’s 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 over 70 years.

FNU proudly claims the following:

  • Over 70 years of experience in graduate nursing and midwifery education
  • Oldest and largest continually operating nurse-midwifery education program in the U.S.
  • First family nurse practitioner program in the U.S.
  • Pioneered the first midwifery community based distance education program in the U.S. in 1989
  • More than 3000 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 50 graduate schools of nursing and in the top 15 for nurse-midwifery and nurse practitioner programs
  • Named a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education
Contact Information
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(606) 672-2312
(606) 672-3776
195 School Street PO Box 528 Hyden, KY 41749


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