You may not hear much about the “frontier” these days, but the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hyden, Kentucky, is alive and well. The school recently received a $1.03 million grant to support students with an associate degree in nursing complete their M.S.N. It’s a one-year bridge program conducted entirely online, followed by studies in a clinical specialty track. 

The award comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration, a federal agency devoted to improving health care access among the uninsured, isolated, and medically vulnerable. With this new grant money, the Frontier School can hire the necessary faculty to run the program and improve its recruitment and retention capabilities. In particular, they hope to increase the numbers of rural and minority students in the A.D.N.-M.S.N. program.

At the Frontier School, students can earn their M.S.N. with certifications in nurse midwifery, family nurse practitioner, and women’s health care nurse practitioner, or a Doctor of Nursing Practice, all via distance learning. The School hopes to enroll 75% of its bridge program students from rural areas, so they may return and practice where residents are typically medically underserved.

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