HYDEN, Ky. – Frontier Nursing University (FNU) graduates’ recent exam scores reveal the effectiveness of a properly-structured, affordable distance education nursing program.
The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), the professional association that provides certifications for certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States, released the scores from the 2017 examinations in February of 2018. FNU graduates passed the 2017 midwifery board exams with an average pass rate of 94.0%.
FNU graduates comprised 33.7% of all the (AMCB) nurse-midwifery certification test-takers in the nation, totaling 254 graduates out of the 754 test-takers nationwide. Of the examination candidates that tested for the first time, FNU graduates made up 34.6%. The national pass rate for all test-takers for 2017 was 90.2%, while FNU’s overall pass rate exceeded it at 94.0%. FNU surpassed the national pass rate for first-time test-takers (92.0%) as well, with a pass rate of 95.0%.
The National Certification Corporation (NCC) released the results of the 2017 Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner Exam in March 2018. FNU graduates passed at a rate of 97.9%, where the national average was 90.0%.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners National Certification Board also released the results for the 2017 family nurse practitioner (FNP) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) examinations. The pass rate for FNU graduates in the MSN board exam was 97.0%. First-time FNU test-takers averaged a 95.0% pass rate, which was well above the national average of 80.0%.
In June, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) released the certification pass rate for 2017. FNU first-time takers for family nurse practitioner MSN students averaged a perfect 100.0% for the second consecutive year. Those testing with a post-graduate certificate for the first time averaged a score of 91.67%.
The trend held for the FNP Post-Graduate Certificate examinations. FNU graduates passed at a 91.0% rate over all on both the AANP and ANCC exams, and first-time AANP test-takers nationwide passed at a rate of 82.0%.
FNU is a distance education institution that prides itself in an affordable tuition rate ($34,000-37,000 for MSN). Since 1991, FNU has implemented a curriculum for distance learning developed to target the needs of nurses from rural and underserved areas. In addition to considering the above-average outcomes in the 2017 national certification examinations, all programs are structured and evaluated by the multiple accreditation processes of the professions and regional graduate level education.
Currently, there are more than 2,000 students enrolled, with about half of those in the nurse-midwifery master’s program and all others in the nurse practitioner programs or doctoral program. FNU educates approximately one-third of all nurse-midwifery students in the U.S.
Frontier Nursing University is passionate about educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to serve women and families in all communities, especially rural and underserved areas. FNU offers graduate Nurse-Midwifery and Nurse-Practitioner distance education programs that can be pursued full- or part-time with the student’s home community serving as the classroom. Degrees and options offered include Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Post-Graduate Certificates. To learn more about FNU and the programs and degrees offered, please visit Frontier.edu.