Faculty Profile

Tonya Nicholson, DNP, CNM, WHNP-BC, CNE, FACNM

  • Nurse-Midwife,WHCNP
  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Dean
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Tonya Nicholson, DNP, CNM, WHNP- BC, CNE is the Dept Chair of Midwifery and Women’s Health for Frontier. She has a rich history with FNU as a 1999 graduate for midwifery, the first DNP graduate in 2009, and a WHNP graduate in 2011. Tonya served the women of central Florida in full scope practice from 2000-2006 where she also directed the midwifery service. In 2006, she joined the Frontier faculty and then became the Program Director in 2010 and the Associate Dean in 2015. She has a variety of teaching experience, but the majority has been focused on the prenatal period and in clinical courses. Tonya is very interested in communication and civility at the individual and institutional levels and focuses most of her scholarship in this area.

Professional Accomplishments:
Fellow, ACNM- 2016

ACNM, Nominating Committee- 2015- current
Co-writer MAME (Midwest Alliance of Midwifery Educators) comprehensive midwifery exam

ACNM, Division of Education, CE Approval Section, 2013- current

ACNM, Division of Education, Master’s Essentials Task Force, 2013- current

ACNM, Division of Education, On-Duty Time Task Force, 2013- current

Chairperson, DOME (Directors of Midwifery Education)- 2013-10/14

Midwifery Works Planning Committee, 2012-2014

ACME site visitor, 2014- present

DOME (Directors of Midwifery Education)- member-2010- present; Chair, 2012-2014

Culture of Caring Workgroup, FNU, 1/13-present- Chair

Diversity Impact Workgroup, FNU, 12/12- present

Frontier Nursing University Honor Society (inducted 2011)

Sigma Theta Tau, 1996- present

Work experience:

Institution or Firm Rank or Title Dates

Frontier Nursing University

Associate Dean, Midwifery and Women’s Health
Associate Professor

Frontier School of Midwifery Faculty 1/07- present
and Family Nursing

Middle Georgia College Assistant Professor 9/06 – 5/07

Dublin Women’s Center CNM 5/10- present
Erin Office Park
Dublin, GA 31021

Bond Clinic, P.A. CNM Director 2/00 – 7/06
500 East Central Avenue
Winter Haven, FL 33880


Frontier Nursing University Certificate 2011
In Women’s Health Care

Frontier School of Midwifery
and Family Nursing Doctorate of Nursing Practice 2009

Case Western Reserve University Masters in Nursing 1999

Frontier School of Midwifery
and Family Nursing Certificate in Midwifery 1999

Georgia College Bachelors in Nursing 1996

Tonya describes her passion for teaching as “an extension of my passion for midwifery. I love to be at the side of a woman as she becomes a mother and at the side of a student as she/he becomes a midwife.” She considers her primary area of expertise as communication and care of teens. She was a youth pastor for 10 years before becoming a midwife and feels that those skills of compassion, truth-telling and sincere concern for others provides the framework for her practice as a clinician and as an educational administrator.