IMPORTANT! As of August 24, 2021, everyone attending on-campus events must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This includes employees and all students attending Clinical Bound and/or Frontier Bound. Please click here to view FNU’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Effective May 2022 (for new students enrolling in Summer 2022 term), Frontier Bound attendance is required to be in-person.
We are pleased that you are considering Frontier Nursing University!
Accepting our Offer of Admission includes a requirement to attend an in-person three-day student orientation called Frontier Bound. The session is held on our beautiful new campus in Versailles, KY. Frontier Bound is an exciting session where you meet your classmates, faculty and staff. Time is spent learning skills needed for distance education, making lifelong friends, reviewing courses, asking questions, and developing your plan to be a successful Frontier student after returning home. Each Frontier Bound session brings students together from all over the United States with a different group of students arriving on campus each week
Over the past year, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Frontier Bounds have been conducted virtually. Although these virtual sessions have been sufficient at teaching the needed skills, in-person Frontier Bounds are instrumental in creating bonds with fellow students and allow the invaluable opportunity of having face-to-face interactions with faculty and staff. We know from our research that attending the on-campus orientation results in a better student experience and improved success as an FNU student.
Safety is of the utmost importance and FNU takes the health of its students, faculty, and staff very seriously. Therefore, the decision to require a CDC approved COVID-19 vaccination prior to arriving on campus has been mandated. The mandate requires anyone (including FNU employees) attending on-campus events to be fully vaccinated, as defined by the CDC. The mandate is currently in place for any person who enters the FNU Campus. This means that students who plan to begin coursework in the Summer 2022 term (7/4/2022) and attend Frontier Bound beginning in May 2022 will need to be fully vaccinated.
In addition to the requirement of the COVID-19 vaccine, FNU will continue to practice social distancing and wearing masks when social distancing is not possible (with exception of when eating or drinking).
Last, even though you may have the COVID-19 vaccine, if you have or are experiencing symptoms of the virus at the time you are scheduled to attend Frontier Bound you will need to contact your Admissions Officer to discuss options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will boosters be required? Not at this time. This could change based on CDC information.
I had the COVID-19 virus and have the antibodies, am I required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination? Yes
Who do I submit my COVID-19 vaccination card to? CastleBranch. CastleBranch is an external company and you will receive directions as part of your pre-Frontier Bound requirements in your Offer of Admission.
What is the deadline to submit proof of vaccination? The same time all other Frontier Bound requirements are due. Requirements and deadlines will be provided with your Offer of Admission.
What happens if proof of vaccination isn’t submitted by the deadline? Failure to submit the required prerequisite health documentation by the published deadline date (provided in your Offer of Admission) will generate a rescission of your Offer of Admission.
I have a question or concern that is not covered here, who do I contact? Begin the conversation with your Admissions Officer but you may be directed to the Department Chair of your program of interest.
Is there an option to submit a religious or medical exemption? Yes. Applicants may submit a request for an exemption approved by a medical provider or a request for a religious exemption link. If you do not have an FNU account, you may also download the medical exemption form and the religious exemption form. Frontier Nursing University will evaluate exemption requests on a case-by-case basis. Any approved exemptions will be shared with student clinical sites, as this is a part of the affiliation agreement between FNU and clinical sites. Not receiving the required immunizations may impact a students ability to secure clinical placement and FNU can not guarantee that a student will locate a clinical site that does not require a COVID vaccination. Completed vaccine exemptions can be submitted with other requirements after applicants have accepted their offer of admissions to an FNU program.
What is the probability that religious or medical exemptions will be approved? Unfortunately, FNU can not advise on the probability that an exemption will be approved or denied. Exemptions are reviewed on a case by case basis and results of requests are confidential between FNU and the applicant.