Kentucky Institution Empowers Students to Serve Rural Communities

VERSAILLES, Ky. – Frontier Nursing University is a private, non-profit, non-residential graduate school of nursing offering community-based distance education programs.

FNU has evolved throughout it’s more than 75-year history.

Mary Breckinridge, Frontier’s founder, was a compassionate and visionary pioneer nurse who, with her nurse colleagues, traveled on horseback to deliver care and attend births in Kentucky’s rural Appalachian Mountains.

The mission is to provide accessible nurse-midwifery and nurse practitioner education to prepare competent, entrepreneurial, ethical, and compassionate leaders in primary care to serve all individuals with a focus on women and families in diverse, rural, and underserved populations.

The school has programs like the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, the Master of Science in Nursing Degree and post-graduate certificates in advanced practice nursing specialties.

Quick Facts about FNU:

  • 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.
  • More than 4,000 nurses and midwives have graduated with advanced practice degrees.
  • Ranked by US News & World Report in the Top 30 Online Graduate Nursing Schools.