In the field of healthcare, everyone has their own unique passions and interests. That’s why at Frontier Nursing University (FNU) we offer four specialty tracks with paths for a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC), depending on the student’s educational background and career goals. A Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is also offered as a degree option for those who have completed the MSN. Our specialty tracks are Nurse-Midwife, Family Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. All of our specialties share an emphasis on rural and underserved communities.
What sets FNU apart?
Students can attend full or part-time, while completing 100 percent of coursework online and a clinical practicum in their home community. Students also enjoy one or two brief on-campus immersion experiences where they meet and connect with the FNU community, including faculty, alumni, staff and peers. FNU students earning an MSN can continue on to complete their DNP with 30 additional credit hours.
Four Specialty Tracks for Advanced Nursing Degrees
Let’s take a look at each specialty offered at FNU.
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
As the university with the oldest and largest continually operating nurse-midwifery education program in the U.S., FNU's alumni population is made up of many passionate Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM). In fact, FNU graduates more than 40 percent of the nation's nurse-midwives, and more than half of FNU's faculty members are CNMs.
CNMs are advanced practice registered nurses who specialize in the care of women throughout their lives including pregnancy and childbirth. They offer primary care for women throughout their lifespan, including routine gynecological exams, family planning services, and menopause management.
At Frontier Nursing University, our goal is to educate more certified nurse-midwives so that midwifery care is available to all women who seek it. To learn more, visit frontier.edu/nurse-midwife.
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Home of the nation’s first Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program, FNU has been an innovator in family nursing education for over 50 years. With a strong academic and clinical basis, FNU strives to equip students with the tools to be a successful FNP and a leader in healthcare.
An FNP is an advanced practice nurse who manages the healthcare of individuals and their families by providing preventive and primary care, promoting health and wellbeing, and helping their patients manage chronic conditions. FNPs conduct routine checkups and assessments, order and interpret tests, make diagnoses, prescribe medications, and initiate and manage treatment plans for their patients.
To learn more, visit frontier.edu/family-nurse-practitioner.
Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
For nurses seeking advanced education in women's health, FNU offers a Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) program. The program provides students with the tools to holistically address the unique needs of women across their lifespans.
A WHNP is an advanced practice nurse who specializes in continuing and comprehensive health care for women throughout their lives. WHNPs provide well-woman care, reproductive and gynecological care, and prenatal and postpartum care. Additionally, WHNPs focus on health promotion, disease prevention, health education, and helping patients make smart lifestyle choices.
To learn more, visit frontier.edu/womens-health-care-nurse-practitioner.
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
FNU added a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty track and began accepting students in 2017 for nurses who wish to serve the mental health needs of their communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control, mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the United States.
A PMHNP is an advanced practice nurse who seeks to improve mental health care and the overall health status of communities. With a focus on lifetime care for individuals, PMHNPs are committed to promoting mental health through assessment, diagnosis and treatment of behavioral problems, mental disorders and comorbid conditions.
To learn more, visit frontier.edu/psych-mental-health-nurse-practitioner.
A leader in distance education
FNU has been a leader in distance education since 1989. We have thousands of alumni who have completed advanced nursing degrees from their home communities. If this sounds like the right path for you, trust that we will be here to support you every step of the way.
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