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Frontier Nursing University to expand to Versailles in 2017

Students at Frontier Nursing University study online in their hometowns and go to the Kentucky Hyden campus only twice during their training: for orientation and a week of clinical demonstrations. Photo provided
Students at Frontier Nursing University study online in their hometowns and go to the Kentucky Hyden campus only twice during their training: for orientation and a week of clinical demonstrations. Photo provided Herald-Leader

Frontier Nursing University is buying Kentucky Methodist Homes’ property in Versailles to expand in 2017, the school announced Tuesday.

The property on Lexington Road, which includes a dozen buildings, is being sold by the Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children & Youth, a nonprofit corporation that cares for abused, neglected or abandoned children. The Methodist home confirmed Tuesday its plans to move to Jessamine County in 2017 as it downsizes from 216 acres to 36 acres on Ashgrove Road.

(From 2015: In its 75 years, Frontier Nursing University has gone from care on horseback to innovative online learning)

The expansion was prompted after enrollment grew from 200 to more than 1,600 over the past decade, Frontier said in a news release. Frontier offers digital graduate education for registered nurses to become nurse practitioners or midwives. Students travel to Frontier’s Kentucky campus for orientations and education sessions in preparation for the online work and clinical experience.

Frontier’s plans affect two administrative offices in Lexington that employ 44 faculty and staff. The current leases for the Lexington offices will be allowed to expire and the faculty and staff will move to the new location, according to Frontier.

“We are expanding our Central Kentucky operations by moving our administrative office to Versailles, where we will develop additional capacity to serve students,” Frontier President Dr. Susan Stone said in a news release. “Frontier Nursing University will leverage this property in new ways, but with the same focus on improving health and wellness for families in Kentucky and beyond.”

The school said it would meet with site planners to determine the best use of the new space. The historic headquarters in Hyden will continue to be used.

The Rev. Randy Coy, president and CEO of Kentucky Methodist Homes, said in the news release that the contract between the two organizations allows the property to stay intact. The Methodist Homes property has about a dozen buildings.

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