Frontier Nursing University

Frontier Nursing University

Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice


195 School Street

Hyden, KY 41749

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Post-Graduate Doctor of Nursing Practice

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is conceived as the highest degree for clinical nursing practice. The Frontier Post-Master's DNP program is designed for certified nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who want to improve their skills in the areas of leadership, clinical scholarship, evidence based practice and clinical evaluation.   Candidates for FNU’s online Post-Master’s DNP program must hold licensure as a registered nurse, a master’s degree and national certification in one of the following specialty areas:

•    adult nurse practitioner (ANP)

•    certified nurse-midwife (CNM)

•    family nurse practitioner (FNP)

•    geriatric-adult nurse practitioner (GANP)

•    geriatric nurse practitioner (GNP)

•    pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP)

•    psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP)

•    women’s health care nurse practitioner (WHCNP)

The Post-Master's DNP program will build upon and expand the competencies of the master's prepared advanced practice nurse.   The goal of the program is to improve health care outcomes and the delivery of primary health through enhanced nursing leadership. Our focus is on rural and underserved populations.

The Post-Master's DNP program is offered as a 28 credit hour program that can be completed in 12, 15 or 18 months, including eight credits (360 hours) of clinical practicum. The curriculum is delivered using distance education strategies over the course of five, 11-week terms. There are two required on-campus experiences. The first is a three-day orientation to the program called DNP bound. The second on-campus experience is during the final term of the program when students will attend a three-day session during which they will present their DNP projects to their fellow students, colleagues and faculty.

Program Overview:

•    Distance education setting allowing you to remain in your own community

•    12, 15 or 18 month program; 28 credit hours.

•    Focus on health care issue of your choice for the DNP project

•    One 3-day on-campus experiences

•    Small cohort of 20-25 students


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).

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Locale: Remote Rural Area

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