Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award master’s and doctoral degrees. Questions about the accreditation of FNU may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
Frontier Nursing University is licensed by the Kentucky Council of Postsecondary Education (1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320, Frankfort, KY 40601; Tel: 502-573-1555) to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and both certificates and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) for nurse-midwifery, family nurse practitioner, women’s health care nurse practitioner specialties and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner specialties.
The nurse-midwifery post-graduate certificate program and master’s program are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1230, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; Tel: 240-485-1803, www.midwife.org/acme, acme@ACNM.org.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice, the Master of Science in Nursing and the Post-Graduate Certificate nursing programs, including the nurse-midwifery, family nurse practitioner, psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, and women’s health care nurse practitioner tracks at Frontier Nursing University located in Versailles, KY, are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Doctor of Nursing Practice, the Master of Science in Nursing program and the post-graduate certificates, including the nurse-midwifery, family nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and women’s health care nurse practitioner nursing programs is Continuing Accreditation.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm.
Civil Rights Notice of Non-Discrimination: The Frontier Nursing University is in full compliance with section 602 of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The FNU staffing policies, education programs and services rendered are administered uniformly without regard to race, color, national origin or sex, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.
FNU is approved by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.
As an approved SARA institution, FNU only needs home state authorization to offer distance education to students residing in any other SARA member state. SARA member states can be viewed on their website: http://nc-sara.org/sara-states-institutions. SARA does not have an effect on state professional licensing requirements. For information on professional licensure, see the bottom of this page.
The following is a list of requirements for the one state not currently participating in NC-SARA.
California: FNU is exempt from registration with the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education as we are a nonprofit, degree granting school accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, pursuant to California Education Code, Title 3, Section 94874(2)(c).
Additional State Information:
Alaska, Commission on Postsecondary Education, Institutional Authorization: Frontier Nursing University is exempt from authorization under AS 14.48 and 20 AAC 17 because the program is online and does not have a physical presence in the state.
New York: Although Frontier Nursing University can enroll students who reside in New York State in FNU’s programs, FNU has very limited approval from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to offer clinical experiences in New York. The permission is limited to six MSN nurse-midwifery students who are residents of New York State per academic year (August 1-July 31). MSN nurse-midwifery students must attend clinical experiences in upstate, rural, and underserved areas of New York state. MSN nurse-midwifery students who were not residents of New York State upon admissions and move to New York State during their program are not guaranteed the opportunity to attend clinical experiences in New York State. No other students (PGC nurse-midwifery or MSN/PGC, FNP, PMHNP, or WHNP) may complete clinical experiences in New York State. Therefore any student living in New York that is admitted and does not fall into the limited criteria (six MSN Midwifery students per year) must complete their clinical experience in another state. Students who reside outside of New York may not attend clinical experiences in New York. This limited approval does not apply to DNP applicants, DNP applicants are eligible for admission.
This limited approval does not qualify FNU as a “licensure qualifying program” in New York State. The NYSED will determine, on a case by case basis, whether a graduate of an out-of-state program who applies for licensure as a midwife in New York State meets professional education requirements for New York State licensure.
Texas, Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges: Frontier Nursing University is excluded from regulation by the Texas Workforce Commission under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code.
Washington, State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission: Frontier Nursing University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in Washington State for MSN/FNP, Post-Graduate Certificate in FNP, MSN/Women’s Health NP, MSN/Midwifery, Post-Graduate Certificate in Women’s Health NP, Post-Graduate Certificate in Midwifery, ADN-MSN, MSN/Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Post-Graduate PMHNP Certificate, DNP Companion and DNP Programs. For more information, go to the following website link: https://nursing.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2023-02/Out-Of-State-Nursing-Programs-669338-02-2023.pdf
For specific information regarding state authorization contact:
Chief Operations Officer
Every state Board of Nursing has its own requirements for advanced practice licensure. Students and applicants should contact the licensing boards in their state of residence, or any state in which they may reside in the future, to determine whether the programs meet state requirements for licensure. A directory for state boards of nursing can be found here: https://www.ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm
Please click here for state professional licensure eligibility status for FNUs MSN/PGC. Licensure eligibility determinations are determined by the appropriate state board that issues the credential to practice, and prospective students should visit their state board’s website for the most updated and accurate information.
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements
Frontier Nursing University has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. Learn more.