Frontier Nursing University

MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner (ADN Bridge Entry Option)


195 School Street

Hyden, KY 41749

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Nursing (ADN Bridge Entry Option)

Format: Online

Program Description:

The ADN Bridge Entry Option allows registered nurses holding an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) as the highest degree earned (no bachelor’s in any field), to directly enter our Family Nurse Practitioner Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.

As a Bridge student, you will complete a series of Bridge courses over 12 months and then continue on to complete the MSN curriculum in your designated specialty track. Once you complete the core competencies for your specialty, the MSN is conferred and you’ll be fully prepared to take the national certification exam to start your career as a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. At this juncture, you can leave the program with your master’s or continue seamlessly into the 19 credit hour DNP curriculum – without having to re-apply to Frontier – to earn your Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Completing the DNP is highly recommended.

In our Family Nurse Practitioner specialty, you will complete your studies either full-time or part-time with your home community serving as your classroom. You’ll also complete a clinical practicum in your community, where you’ll work closely with a Certified Nurse Practitioner. FNU has agreements with preceptor sites across the country and continually adds sites.

Program Overview:

-Complete your coursework online with only 3 brief on-campus visits.

-Clinical experience with practitioners in your own community.

-Full or part-time options available and new classes starting throughout the year.

-Entry as a registered nurse with Associate Degree in Nursing as highest degree earned.

-Earn your MSN to become a family nurse practitioner with the option to seamlessly progress to the DNP degree.

-MSN degree can be completed in approximately three years full-time (includes one year of Bridge coursework).

-675 clinical hours for MSN; additional 360 clinical hours for those choosing to complete the DNP degree.

Through our ADN Bridge Entry Option, students earn an MSN degree and have the option to continue on to earn a  DNP.


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. Frontier Nursing University is licensed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, and both post-graduate certificates and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) for nurse-midwifery, family nurse practitioner, and women’s health care nurse practitioner specialties. The nurse-midwifery post-graduate certificate and master’s programs, and doctor of nurse practice degree are fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). The Doctor of Nursing Practice, the Master of Science in Nursing program and the post-graduate certificates, including the nurse-midwifery, family nurse practitioner, and women’s health care nurse practitioner tracks, are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

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Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

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