SOURCE: Frontier Nursing University

Frontier Nursing University

February 25, 2014 09:00 ET

Top Ranked Frontier Nursing University Awards Record Number of Advanced Degrees

More Than 500 New Advanced Practice Nurses and Midwives Enter the Work Force

HYDEN, KY--(Marketwired - February 25, 2014) - Frontier Nursing University (FNU), a graduate school of nursing and midwifery since 1939, graduated a record setting number of advanced-practice nurses and nurse-midwives from the University over the past year. More than 500 degrees were awarded this past fall to students from almost every state across the nation who completed an FNU distance-education program. Nearly 200 of these graduates are new nurse-midwives while nearly 300 are new nurse practitioners who will help to fill the national primary care gap. These graduates will provide care to women and families in their communities across the nation and will help to increase access to care in rural and underserved areas.

Founded in Hyden, Ky, FNU has been educating nurses and midwives for more than 70 years. Started by nurse-midwifery pioneer Mary Breckinridge, FNU has grown into one of the country's leading graduate schools of nursing and midwifery with an enrollment exceeding 1500. FNU offers doctoral and master's degrees for nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners. The university utilizes innovative distance-education methods, which were first adopted in 1989, to reach hundreds of nurses desiring nurse-midwifery and nurse practitioner education throughout the country and the world. FNU graduates provide primary care for women and families residing in all areas, with a focus on rural and underserved communities.

FNU's master of science in nursing program ranks in US News & World Report's Top 50 Best Online Nursing Programs for 2014. In addition, FNU has maintained its ranking in the Top 50 Graduate Schools of Nursing since 2011. Two of FNU's online specialty programs, the nurse-midwifery and family nurse practitioner programs, are also ranked in the top 15 in their respective specialty categories by US News & World Report.

Frontier Nursing University's Mission:

Frontier Nursing University is a private, non-profit, non-residential graduate school of nursing offering community-based, distance education programs leading to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, the Master of Science in Nursing Degree and/or post-master's certificates in advanced practice nursing specialties. Our mission is to educate nurses to become competent, entrepreneurial, ethical and compassionate nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who are leaders in the primary care of women and families with an emphasis on underserved and rural populations. For more information, visit the Frontier Nursing University web site at

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