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.

View the admissions calendar for class dates and application deadlines.

In order 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, didactic coursework is delivered using web-based, distance education courses. Using clinics, hospitals, and preceptors in their own community allows students to get the hands-on clinical experience required. Two-three on-campus sessions are required, including an orientation prior to beginning studies, and intensive skill workshops prior to beginning the clinical practicum.

More information on our programs here.

Each year FNU accepts:

  • Eight Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) classes
  • Four Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) Bridge classes
  • Four post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) classes (for certified nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners seeking DNP)
  • Academic Programs Overview: Frontier offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and post-master’s certificates leading to education as a certified nurse-midwife (CNM), family nurse practitioner (FNP), and/or a women’s health care nurse practitioner (WHCNP).


For 75 years, Frontier Nursing University, with its heart in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, has educated nursing and midwifery leaders who have touched the lives of children and families across the nation and around the globe. Our master’s and doctoral programs educate nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners in the primary care of women and families.


‹ Celebrating 75 Years

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‹ Frontier Honoring 75

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‹ Anniversary Events

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‹ Busting Midwifery Myths

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‹ FNU Featured in STORY Magazine

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‹ FNU Celebrating 75 Years

View full release (PDF) June 2014: Lexington, KY. – In 1939, Frontier Nursing University nurse-midwives set out on horseback over rough Eastern Kentucky terrain to care for women, attend births, and forever enrich the lives of rural families. Seventy-five years later, Frontier graduates travel by more modern means, from mobile health clinics to floatplanes in Alaska, […]

‹ Journey Into Wellbeing

In late 2012, Debra K, host and executive producer of The Journey into Wellbeing, learned of Mary Breckinridge…