Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing is a private non-profit graduate school located in Hyden, Kentucky. The Leslie County school was started by the Frontier Nursing Service in 1939. In 1989, it became the first midwifery school to offer distance education.
The Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing (FSMFN) offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and post-master’s certificates leading to education as a certified nurse-midwife (CNM), family nurse practitioner (FNP), and/or a women’s health care nurse practitioner (WHCNP). The FSMFN seeks to meet the needs of prospective nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who do not want to leave their home communities to obtain the graduate education they desire to fulfill their professional aspirations. Didactic coursework is delivered using web-based, distance education courses allowing students to achieve their higher education goals without leaving home for classes. Using clinics, hospitals, and preceptors in their own community allows students to get the hands-on clinical experience required for these exciting health care professions. Two on-campus sessions are required, including an orientation prior to beginning studies, and intensive skill workshops prior to beginning the clinical practicum.
The tuition payment each term is a flat rate based on the total number of credit hours divided by the number of terms in each specialty track;therefore changes in registration do not affect each term’s tuition cost. Tuition is currently set at $435 per credit for full-time students and $475 per credit for part- time students, MSN completion students, CNEP graduates completing the WHCNP post-master’s certificate, and non-matriculating students. Tuition is currently set at $490 per credit for students enrolled in the DNP Program. Tuition rates may change at any time deemed necessary by the FSMFN Board of Directors.