Frontier Nursing University (FNU) has a long history of caring for and serving women and families. Students who are new to Frontier can expect to find a community of nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, and educators who celebrate a Culture of Caring with an emphasis on underserved and rural populations.
Through FNU’s distance learning program, students can earn a graduate degree in their community while being supported by a passionate faculty, staff and student network. Early coursework is completed in the student’s own home, on their time, with a workload of around 40 hours per week for full-time students, and approximately 30 hours per week for part-time students. The structure allows students to balance their current life and commitments with their desire to further their healthcare education through distance learning.
Although students work remotely, they don’t work in isolation. FNU programs emphasize community and students enjoy the support of instructors, mentors, and classmates.
“I don’t believe that anyone will find this same relationship that we all have in any other school, on-campus or distance,” said nurse-midwifery alumna Kate Lawrence.
Nearly all FNU faculty are also nurse practitioners or nurse-midwives, and half still actively practice in addition to teaching. These leaders understand the challenges that students face and are always available to answer questions and support them throughout their Frontier journey.
Frontier recently added an office to support students in their search for clinical sites. The clinical outreach and placement unit helps students as they seek the optimal clinical site, preceptors, and experiences. This team collaborates with our Regional Clinical Faculty and Credentialing Department to make the transition into clinical as seamless as possible.
Another vital resource offered to FNU students is the Alice Whitman Memorial Library. Our library is home to a wide range of useful resources, including books, journals and databases that can all be accessed online. The library boasts an excellent staff of librarians that answer reference calls and email inquiries throughout the week. FNU’s library is just one more way we aim to give students the support they need as they complete their studies at home.
Despite the physical separation that comes with the distance learning model, we want our students to feel connected to their peers and faculty. It is for this reason that Frontier strives to provide students with the same level of social support and leadership opportunities that would be available through a traditional on-campus program.
“It’s not like any typical online program, in Frontier you interact over webinars… on a weekly basis. Instructors are always by my side, monitoring and assisting my way to success,” said FNU alumna Avnit Kainth, BSN.
As a Frontier student, you may participate in peer mentoring, student council, and our Wide Neighborhoods Ambassador Program. FNU also hosts active chapters of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Of Nursing and The Institute of Healthcare Improvement. Students seeking a high level of involvement will have plenty of opportunities to engage in the many programs FNU offers.
“Frontier emphasizes how to recognize the need in your community. They teach you to be an entrepreneur with the intent of seeking out those in need and serving them,” said FNU alumna Jennifer Cameron, MSN, CNM.
At FNU, our goal is to cultivate compassionate leaders and healthcare professionals. With dedicated faculty and staff, an excellent student network, and a variety of online resources, students have everything they need to build a foundation of knowledge that will lead to a long successful career. Go here to learn more about the FNU student experience.
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