EIN 61-1124267

Frontier Nursing University (FNU)

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FNU 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.
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Frontier Nursing University (fnu) has been providing quality education to nurses seeking advanced degrees since 1939. Fnu offers a high-quality education that prepares nurses to become competent, entrepreneurial, ethical and compassionate nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners who will provide primary care for women and families residing in all areas, with a focus on rural and medically underserved populations. Fnu fulfills our mission by operating accredited distance education programs, which allow nurses from across the nation to achieve their higher education dreams without leaving their work or home. The primary tenet is healthcare professionals who are educated in their communities will remain to serve their home communities. Fnu currently offers the following programs: - a post-masters doctor of Nursing practice (dnp) degree for nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives. - a master of science in Nursing (msn) + companion dnp program with four tracks as options: nurse-midwife, family nurse practitioner, women's healthcare nurse practitioner, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Since achieving institutional accreditation in 2004, total enrollment has grown from 200 students to nearly 2,500 students, wth 841 degrees awarded in 2020. Frontier Nursing University continues to be the leading school in the united states for nurse-midwifery education, graduating over one-third of new nurse-midwives annually. Our other advanced Nursing programs continue to grow and we have a cadre of over 6,000 alumni who are making a difference as primary card providers daily in the lives of communities nationwide, particularly those in rural and underserved communities. Fnu graduates are providing primary healthcare to rural and underserved families in every state in the united states as well as several foreign countries. The quality and academic rigor of a Frontier Nursing University education are evident in the certification pass rates of our graduates. Certification results from 2019 revealed that Frontier family nurse practitioner graduates had a 100% pass rate, compared to an 83% national average, nurse-midwifery graduates had an 84% pass rate, compared to an 82% national average, and women's healthcare nurse and women's healthcare nurse practitioner graduates had a 100% pass rate, compared to a 95% national average, psychiatric-mental health care nurse practitioner graduates had a 93% pass rate, compared to an 87% national average. In addition to fnu's focus on rural and underserved populations, the University has made a commitment to diversity and inclusion in nurse-midwifery and nurse practitioner education. The goal is to diversify the health care workforce which has been shown to improve health care outcomes. Since the implementation of the fnu pride initiative (promoting recruitment and retention to increase diversity in nurse-midwifery and nurse practitioner education) in 2010, which spearheaded many targeted recruitment activities, fnu has increased the student of color enrollment from 9% in 2010 to 25% in 2020. This success has been achieved through a comprehensive marketing effort targeting prospective students from underrepresented groups. Advertisements, conferences, events, and public relations have been focused on reaching and recruiting new students from underrepresented groups. Fnu has also held annual three day diversity impact student conferences since the pride initiative began. The purpose of the diversity impact conference is to ensure that nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives understand the challenges and opportunities offered by diversity in rural and underserved healthcare systems. Moreover, diversity impact advances solutions to the disparities in health care outcomes. To further demonstrate its ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, fnu created the position of chief diversity inclusion officer (cdio) in 2017. This position is a member of the president's cabinet and is leading not only efforts to recruit a diverse student body, but also to ensure that the institution makes progess toward the goal of becoming an anti-racist University including climate surveys, education, and policy initiatives.

Who funds Frontier Nursing University (FNU)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Virginia Clark Hagan Charitable FoundationEducation$45,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$38,588
Berea CollegeSupport of Organization Working To Improve General Welfare Within the Appalachian Region$10,000
...and 4 more grants received
Federal funding details
Federal agencyProgram nameAmount
Department of EducationFEDERAL DIRECT STUDENT LOANS$45,598,932
Department of Health and Human ServicesADVANCED NURSING EDUCATION GRANT PROGRAM$741,855
Department of Health and Human ServicesNURSING WORKFORCE DIVERSITY$393,852
...and 1 more federal grant or contract

Personnel at FNU

Shelley AldridgeChief Operations Officer$118,390
Michael SteinmetzExecutive Vice President of Finance and Facilities / Executive Vice President for Finance$218,263
Joan SlagerDean of Nursing$151,642
Deborah KarsnitzFaculty Course Coordinator$117,672
Dr. Wallace CampbellSecretary$0
...and 5 more key personnel

Financials for FNU

RevenuesFYE 04/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$2,347,224
Program services$36,604,939
Investment income and dividends$32,340
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$239,798
Total revenues$39,224,301

Form 990s for FNU

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-042021-04-13990View PDF
2019-042020-01-23990View PDF
2018-042019-04-15990View PDF
2017-042018-04-10990View PDF
2016-042017-01-13990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s
Data update history
April 5, 2022
Received grants
Identified 1 new grant, including a grant for $45,000 from Virginia Clark Hagan Charitable Foundation
September 22, 2021
Received grants
Identified 4 new grant, including a grant for $10,000 from Berea College
July 1, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
June 23, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 8 new personnel
June 18, 2021
Used new vendors
Identified 2 new vendors, including , and
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General information
2050 Lexington Rd
Versailles, KY 40383
Metro area
Lexington-Fayette, KY
Woodford County, KY
Website URL
(606) 672-2312
Facebook page
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IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
B50: Graduate, Professional Schools
NAICS code, primary
611310: Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
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