Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission to Frontier Nursing University’s PGC and PGC with DNP programs:
- Have a master’s or higher degree in nursing granted from a regionally accredited institution whose nursing programs are accredited through ACEN or CCNE at the time of graduation. To check your program's accreditation, please visit the U.S. Department of Education accreditation site.
- Hold a current unencumbered RN license. NOTE: Some states, like Utah, consider the APRN to supersede the RN license. If you no longer hold an RN you must reinstate your RN to be an eligible applicant.
- Be an advanced practice registered nurse in one of the following registered nurse specialties:
- Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP)
- Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
- Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP)
- Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
- Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
- Emergency Room Nurse Practitioner (ENP)
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
- Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP)
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Acute Care (PNP-AC)
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care (PNP-PC)
- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) (PMHNP)
- Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (WHCNP)
- Graduates of other types of nursing master’s programs may apply for transfer credit but are not eligible for the Post-Graduate Certificate option.
- Hold a current, active license in the United States with no encumbrances. If assignment to a clinical practice site requires that the student practice in another state, then the student is required to meet licensing requirements according to statutes and obtain the appropriate license.
- Applicants whose primary language is not English and/or who have completed their tertiary education (level equivalent to U.S. college or university) in a non-English speaking institution, must take the internet based TOEFL (IBT) and achieve the following minimum scores: Reading 22, Listening 22, Speaking 26, and Writing 24. To be considered official, test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the University. Frontier Nursing University's TOEFL code is 5692. Please provide this code to TOEFL when taking the exam to ensure test results are expedited to the University.
- Applicants residing outside the continental United States are required to meet with the appropriate Program Director to develop a plan for completion of the program and for a review of policy related to international clinical sites. This plan must be formally written and approved by the Program Director prior to admission into the university.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from the most recent degree earned in nursing or a related field.
- Applicants who have a GPA of 2.80-2.99 from the most recent degree earned in nursing or a related field are required to provide a statement supporting their application (the minimum grade to pass any FNU course requires a 3.0 GPA). The statement should include the circumstances which contributed to the previous GPA, factors that have changed to allow academic success at FNU, and subsequent academic successes, such as completion of a Certified Nurse credential. In addition to the statement, supporting documentation and/or references testifying to the applicant’s academic potential (maximum of 3) may be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
NOTE: For ease and convenience, Frontier Nursing University will request transcripts on an applicant’s behalf. Applicants will complete transcript release form(s) that will be submitted to applicable colleges and universities.
- Please be advised, a background check is required for applicants once they have accepted their Offer of Admission.
- Students must have had the content listed in the following courses in their prior MSN program. Prior transcripts will be reviewed.If the student has not completed any of the specified graduate content from the list below, the course(s) will be added to the required program of study for that student. Course descriptions and syllabi may be requested to assist in this evaluation. Course content must cover the lifespan. These courses do not count against the transfer credit limit.
- PC705 Advanced Pathophysiology (3-0)
- PC706 Advanced Physical Assessment (3-0)
- PC707 Advanced Pharmacology (3-0)
- Program plans are developed based on previous graduate coursework. Course descriptions and syllabi may be requested to assist in this evaluation.
Applicants who meet the minimum requirements are evaluated individually. The FNU Admissions Committee makes all admission decisions.
Rolling Admissions Process
FNU uses a rolling admissions process versus a standard admissions process. Applicants can learn the status of their application as soon as four to five weeks after complete and valid application materials are received by FNU’s Admission Services.
For program inquiries or questions regarding qualifications for admissions, please review our Admissions FAQ or contact our admissions counselors at FNUadmissions@frontier.edu or 859-279-0890.
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