Hyden, Kentucky (100% online)
4-year, Regionally accredited
Degrees: Master's, Doctorate, Postgraduate Certificate
Frontier Nursing University (online only with some time on campus required) offers degree programs at the graduate level including Master of Science in Nursing (Family Practice; Nurse Midwife; Women’s Health Nurse; Psych-Mental Health; RN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice. Also offered are post-graduate certificates (see master’s categories listed above). This institution is for adults serious about nursing and was established in 1939 to provide care for mothers and children in rural Kentucky. The delivery of courses online follows Frontier’s mission of allowing nurses to remain in their communities while obtaining graduate education in nursing. This mission has expanded to provide graduate nursing education on a part time basis to those holding jobs or with family responsibilities (constituting about 35% of all enrollees). Required clinical practice – nursing education at the graduate level can’t be entirely online – is done in a student’s home community.
We were impressed by Frontier Nursing University’s success in its efforts as noted above, but even more impressive is that, out of all the colleges and universities we considered for our 2017 Best Value School Awards, Frontier scored in the top three (A+) in student and alumni satisfaction and endorsement. Its students give Frontier the highest accolades, which in our opinion, is the best endorsement.
Cost to achieve a Master in Science degree is less than $35,000; a doctorate costs less than $11,000, which makes Frontier Nursing University one of the very best values we’ve seen in our four years researching colleges and universities for quality and value (and our combined 200+ years in higher education). Importantly, Frontier is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and they have programmatic accreditation from the following: Accrediting Commission on Education in Nursing for Master’s Degrees and Clinical Doctorates; and Accrediting Commission for Midwifery Education. In summary, those serious about obtaining graduate degrees in the fields of nursing mentioned above would do themselves a disservice by not considering Frontier Nursing University, one of our (University Research & Review, LLC) favorite Best Value School awardees.