Frontier Nursing University’s (FNU) distance education model is unique because students have the opportunity to study in their home communities while interacting with classmates, faculty, and alumni from around the United States. Are you wondering how FNU’s distance education model works? We’ve broken it down below.
Get Started with a Face-to-Face Orientation
Every program Frontier offers kicks off with a three-day orientation experience, usually at our Kentucky campus. Frontier Bound allows students to build relationships with classmates, Frontier faculty and staff. With the current pandemic, FNU’s Frontier Bound experience has transitioned from an on-campus experience to a virtual experience for the remainder of 2020. We have been pleased to hear that our students continue to feel connected and inspired throughout the orientation!
Continue your Education from Home
After attending Frontier Bound, students will use online technology, including Google, Canvas, ZOOM, library services and web conferencing, to complete their degree. Online learning allows students to achieve their academic goals in the comfort of their community. The distance education model aligns with FNU’s long-time mission of reaching underserved communities by enabling students all over the country to serve where they live..
Attend Clinical Bound
After completing the majority of your coursework, students become eligible for the second on-site session, Clinical Bound (however, sessions are temporarily being offered virtually due to the COVID-crisis). Usually on FNU’s Kentucky campus, Clinical Bound is a five-day clinical skill-intensive session that prepares students for the clinical practicum. There is also time for informal communication between faculty and students so that students can ask questions and prepare for their clinical experience. In June, FNU shared a video of how students and faculty are remaining connected and encouraged during these unprecedented times.
Complete Clinical Hours in Your Home Community
After Clinical Bound, it’s time to move on to the clinical practicum. During this time, students provide nurse practitioner or nurse-midwifery services for four to 10 months under the guidance of a clinician preceptor. FNU’s Clinical Outreach and Placement Team assists each student, helping them find a site in or near their community. As a matter of fact, that process begins as soon as a student begins the program. Frontier’s Regional Clinical Faculty assures that both the site and preceptor is a well-suited match. Students benefit greatly from having these advanced practice nurses and midwives as role models during the clinical experience. Required clinicals assist students in developing necessary skills for future success.
Stay Connected for Life
Graduating from Frontier does not mean your relationship with FNU is over. Commencement is typically held each September, and hundreds of graduates attend for one last hurrah! After the pomp and circumstance, students can join our alumni program to cultivate sustained relationships with classmates, faculty and mentors that continue far beyond the education years. Your new degree might lead you to endeavors you never imagined, but your FNU community will always be there to help you throughout the rest of your career and life.
For more information on the program structure, visit FNU’s program structure page here or watch our program structure video below. Ready to answer the call and serve the underserved in your community? Request information or apply today.
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