After three years off, Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is bringing back the Courier Program!
The Courier Program is an eight-week rural and public health service-learning program. It has a rich and adventuresome history that targets college undergraduate students with an interest in public health, healthcare, or a related field. The Courier Program offers a unique opportunity for students to gain insight into the challenges and opportunities of providing healthcare in rural and underserved areas. Throughout this eight-week program, Couriers become immersed and engaged through their Courier Clinic Site. These sites will be in rural areas and/or in areas with mental health or primary care shortage areas serving medically underserved areas/populations. New this year, Couriers will also complete an online learning component during their internship, as well as serving the local community.
One former Courier, Joan Todd, says, it “was the most enriching experience of my life.”
During their time on-site, Couriers will shadow a variety of clinicians and provide leadership on special projects, as well as other avenues of community participation. Courier’s experiences help them to fully comprehend the complexities of rural and underserved communities and healthcare, as well as grasp the compassionate and caring legacy carried on by FNU students, alumni, Couriers, staff and faculty.
Another former Courier, Bryanna Scherer, said, “the people met, my experiences, and the things that I learned were invaluable.”
The Courier Program has a “Hearts On, Hands Off” approach to learning. Couriers learn by observing their clinic site mentors, speaking with patients, and assisting with special projects, such as working at health booths, creating brochures on health-related topics, leading events, and other meaningful activities. Couriers may participate in any activity that does not require formal medical or healthcare training. Couriers leave with a profound understanding and deep respect for the communities they serve during their time as a Courier.
Frequently Asked Questions
This eight-week program begins in 2023 with the online learning component beginning in May. Students will then report to the new Versailles, Ky. campus in early June. Couriers will have service-learning opportunities at clinics and healthcare sites around Woodford County, Ky.
Applications must be submitted by Monday, March 6th at 5:00 pm ET. Applicants must submit a copy of their unofficial transcript and proof of holding a valid driver’s license at the time of application, in addition to the formal application.
Couriers must be between the ages of 20 and 25 during the program and currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. Couriers should have an interest in public health, healthcare, social work, and related fields. Formal training or educational background in healthcare is not necessary or required!
Once you have submitted your application, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure that it has been received and begin the process of communication with the Director of Annual Giving and Courier Program, Lisa Colletti-Jones.
Interested in learning more? Visit the Courier Program page on our website.