Alumni/Faculty Spotlight: Patricia Caudle, DNSc, FNP, CNM

At the heart of Frontier Nursing University is a talented and diverse community of students, alumni, faculty, staff, Couriers and preceptors. Spotlight blogs feature members of our FNU community that are focused on the mission of educating nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to deliver quality health care to underserved and rural populations.


Frontier Nursing University (FNU) was proud to recognize alumnus Dr. Pat Caudle with The Distinguished Service to Alma Mater award at this year’s Homecoming event. The award honors an alumnus who has continued to provide support to FNU through volunteer efforts and donor support.  


Dr. Caudle is a graduate of Class 9 and is currently an associate professor with Frontier. She is dual certified by both the American Midwifery Certification Board and American Nurses Credentialing Council. She has practiced as a certified nurse-midwife in full scope and as a family nurse practitioner.


At FNU, Dr. Caudle is the course coordinator for Advanced Pathophysiology and has held that position since 2000. She has also taught several other courses at FNU, including Primary Care, Reproductive Physiology and Clinical Bound courses. Before coming to FNU in 2000, Dr. Caudle helped teach associate, baccalaureate and master degree nursing programs.


During her tenure at FNU, Dr. Caudle has been awarded the Student Choice Award four times. She has written several chapters for textbooks, acted as a reviewer for textbooks and served as a reviewer for the Journal of Midwifery and Family Nursing. She served in various capacities for eight years for the American Midwifery Certification Board.


In addition to teaching, Dr. Caudle has worked in hospital care, as a nurse in the United States Air Force, as a public health nurse, and as a primary care provider in various clinics. Dr. Caudle served as a nurse-midwife in the Faculty Practice in Hyden, Ky., for 2+ years. She also volunteered and served for 10 years as a provider for the Christian Health Center in Cleburne County, Ark.


In addition to her dedication as a faculty member, Dr. Caudle is a leadership donor to Frontier, providing generous annual support for the endowment and to the Kitty Ernst Chair of Midwifery.  


The FNU community thanks Dr. Caudle for her hard work, dedication to students and support of the university!