Rankings by several top researchers and sources have recognized Frontier Nursing University (FNU) as one of the leading nursing education programs in the country, particularly in the category of distance education.
Released in January 2019, the US News & World Report ranked FNU as #47 of the Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs. Programs were ranked based on factors such as graduation rates, academic and career support services offered to students and admissions selectivity.
US News & World Report’s rankings of Best Graduate Nursing Schools, released in March 2019, found FNU’s Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) master’s degree to be the #6 program in the country. Other FNU programs that earned rankings include the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), ranked at #54, and the Master’s degree, coming in at #64.
Other organizations have also recognized FNU’s distance programs on a national scale. Best Medical Degrees ranked FNU’s Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree as the #10 Best Value Online Nurse-Midwifery Program. The option to take additional credit hours post-MSN to receive a DNP degree was a major value-adding factor. The Best Medical Degrees rankings, released in April 2019, took into account appropriate accreditation, cost of tuition, program length by credit hours and amount of required on-campus participation.
FNU’s FNP Master of Science in Nursing program also earned a top spot in Best Medical Degrees’ Best Value Family Nurse Practitioner Online Programs, coming in at #17. The ability to complete clinical experiences in the student’s home area is a highlight of FNU’s FNP program. Like the nurse-midwifery master’s degree, the FNP can easily transition into FNU’s DNP program via a direct admissions process.
The Benefits of Distance Education at FNU
Online and distance education courses offer convenience and access that wasn’t possible with traditional programs in decades past. Now students can attend classes and complete coursework from anywhere with an internet connection. Students have the opportunity to serve their own communities by completing clinical hours locally.
A top priority of the staff at FNU is to ensure that distance education students feel a part of the FNU community despite their physical distance. One-three times throughout all distance education programs, students visit campus to take part in orientation, Clinical Bound, and graduation. “You come here for a few days a few times during the program, and it gets into your heart in a different way. We call it homecoming when we all come back. It’s a really special place,” said FNU graduate and staff member Neissa Meier, DNP, CNM.
FNU is dedicated to equipping our students with the tools to succeed, both during their education and after. The student experience at FNU is full of opportunities to connect, such as the SAGE peer mentoring network, the Diversity Impact student organization and the Wide Neighborhoods ambassador program.
The great thing about online nursing courses is that it’s never too late to start! FNU offers four admitting classes throughout the year. Choose from any of FNU’s online programs and start earning your degree today. Check out our degree and specialty offerings and fill out an application today.