Frontier Nursing Univeristy Courier Program (Appalachia, KY)

Thursday, Jan 25, 2018

Application deadline: February 12

The Courier Program is an eight week, rural and public health, service-learning program with a rich and adventuresome history that targets college students with interest in public health, healthcare or a related field (no formal medical training is required).  The Courier Program offers a unique opportunity for students to gain insight into the challenges and opportunities of providing healthcare in rural and underserved areas. Throughout this eight week program, Couriers become immersed and engaged through their Courier Clinic Site. These sites are often remote, located in culturally unique communities in Appalachia and elsewhere. During their time on site, Couriers will shadow a variety of clinicians and provide leadership on special projects, as well as other avenues of community participation.

Courier's experiences help them to fully comprehend the complexities of rural and underserved communities and health care, as well as grasp the compassionate and caring legacy established by our founder, Mary Breckinridge, which is carried on by FNU students, alumni, couriers, and faculty. The Courier Program has a “Hearts On, Hands Off” approach to learning. Couriers learn by observing their clinic site mentors, speaking with patients, assisting with special projects such as health booths, brochures on health-related topics, leading events and other projects. Couriers may participate in any activity which does not require formal medical or healthcare training. Couriers leave with a profound understanding and deep respect for the communities they serve during their time as a Courier.

The Courier Program Aims to:

(1) introduce Couriers to the value of public health and primary healthcare services to people living in rural and underserved communities;
(2) support clinical and other community sites by meeting critical needs that would otherwise go unmet;
(3) foster cross‐cultural skills through Courier engagement with diverse communities and fellow Couriers;
(4) facilitate Couriers’ experience of FNU’s mission in action and encourage them to embody the Frontier legacy in their later vocations and personal lives.

The program cost is $1500. This covers lodging, Courier uniforms, most food, gas, as well as other program costs. Couriers are responsible for their own transportation. However, Courier Program participants do have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to our Diversity Impact Weekend, which includes a travel stipend.

Applicants will fill out the application online using the link provided ( Please note that you cannot save your application online and must complete it all at once. Copies of an unofficial transcript and valid driver's license will need to be provided with the online application.


Three reference letters must be submitted by February 12, 2018, at 5 pm (EST) in order for the application to be considered complete. References should send letters by email to with the applicant's name in the subject line.