A true American Hero, Mary Breckinridge was the driving force behind rural healthcare in the United States, as well as the development of nurse-midwives in our country. When Mary Breckinridge established the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS) in Eastern Kentucky, she introduced the first nurse-midwives to the United States. Riding horses up mountains, through fog, flood, or snow, FNS nurses brought modern healthcare to one of the poorest and most inaccessible areas in the country.

Today, FNU is both a nationally and regionally accredited University with more than 1,500 students currently enrolled.

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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…