Frontier Nursing University (FNU) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award master’s degrees and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about accreditation of FNU.
Frontier Nursing University is licensed by the Kentucky Council of Postsecondary Education (1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320, Frankfort, KY 40601; Tel: 502-573-1555) to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and both certificates and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) for nurse-midwifery, family nurse practitioner, women’s health care nurse practitioner specialties and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner specialties.
The nurse-midwifery post-graduate certificate program and master’s program and doctor of nursing practice degree are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME), 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910-6374; Tel: 240-485-1802, www.midwife.org/acme, acme@ACNM.org.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice, the Master of Science in Nursing program and the post-graduate certificates, including the nurse-midwifery, family nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and women’s health care nurse practitioner tracks are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Civil Rights Notice of Non-Discrimination:
The Frontier Nursing University is in full compliance with section 602 of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The FNU staffing policies, education programs and services rendered are administered uniformly without regard to race, color, national origin or sex, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.
FNU is approved by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.
As an approved SARA institution, FNU only needs home state authorization to offer distance education to students residing in any other SARA member state. SARA member states can be viewed on their website: http://nc-sara.org/sara-states-institutions. SARA does not have an effect on state professional licensing requirements. For information on professional licensure, see the bottom of this page.
The following is a list of requirements for the two states not currently participating in NC-SARA.
California: FNU is exempt from registration with the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education as we are a nonprofit, degree granting school accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, pursuant to California Education Code, Title 3, Section 94874(2)(c).
Massachusetts: FNU is not required to seek licensure with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education as we do not meet the definition of physical presence, pursuant to 610 CMR 2.04.
Additional State Information:
Alaska, Commission on Postsecondary Education, Institutional Authorization: Frontier Nursing University is exempt from authorization under AS 14.48 and 20 AAC 17 because the program is online and does not have a physical presence in the state.
New York: Due to state regulations, Frontier Nursing University cannot accept applications to the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty track from residents of New York. FNU will continue to monitor New York State regulations and apply for approval when available.
Texas, Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges: Frontier Nursing University is excluded from regulation by the Texas Workforce Commission under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code.
Washington, State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission: Frontier Nursing University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in Washington State for MSN/FNP, Post Masters Certificate in FNP, MSN/Women’s Health NP, MSN/Midwifery, Post Masters Certificate in Women’s Health NP, Post Masters Certificate in Midwifery, ADN-MSN, MSN/Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Post Masters PMHNP Certificate, DNP Companion and DNP Programs. For more information, go to the following website: https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/NursingCommission/NursingEducation/NursingPrograms.aspx
For specific information regarding state authorization contact:
Chief Operations Officer
Frontier Nursing University cannot confirm its programs meet individual state requirements for professional licensure. Students and applicants should contact the licensing boards in their state of residence, or any state in which they may reside in the future, to determine whether the programs meets state requirements for licensure. A directory for state boards of nursing can be found here: https://www.ncsbn.org/contact-bon.htm