KENTUCKY NURSING LICENSE

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Kentucky State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/20/2015

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Kentucky
Nursing Licenses in Kentucky Master’s Required?
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Y
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Y
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Y
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Y
Registered Nurse (RN) N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) N

Kentucky Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing Assistant: $23,290
Licensed Practice Nurse: $37,880
Registered Nurse: $57,520
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse: > $80,000*

*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Kentucky can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Kentucky nursing salary.

Learn about financial aid options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and grants page.

There are many paths to become a nurse in Kentucky. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Kentucky, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Kentucky nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Kentucky, please let us know!

Compact State Status

Kentucky is a Nursing Licensure Compact State.

Prescriptive Authority in Kentucky

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses s may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V controlled substances with some limitations on refills in collaboration with a physician.

Kentucky Nursing Licensure Renewal

All Kentucky licenses should be renewed between September 15 and midnight of October 31. Fee is $50 for the registered nurse (R.N.) license. Any advanced licenses should be renewed separately and for an additional $40. Online renewal is mandatory for all nurses.

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Nursing@Georgetown

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Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

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This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

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Advanced Practice Nursing- Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Kentucky

Education
Master’s Degree or Higher in Specialty Area

Examination
Varies for Different Certifications

Fees
$150 Application Fee, $14.75 Fingerprinting Fee, Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)

Experience
Varies for Different Certifications

Certification Required
National Certification in Specialty Area

Renewal
Renewal fees include the R.N. license plus $40 for each APRN certification that is renewed. APRNs are required to complete 14 contact hours during each renewal period or complete one of the following: national certification, a nursing research project as principal investigator, or publication in a nursing journal. See the Kentucky Board of Nursing web site for more information.

Additional Information
An Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State Is Required

Endorsement
Endorsement Applicants Must Complete 2 HIV/AIDS Continuing Education Contact Hours, 3 Domestic Violence Continuing Education Contact Hours, 1.5 Pediatric Head Abuse Trauma Contact Hours, Provide Proof of Either 120 Hours of Clinical Experience or a 120-Hour Clinical Internship, and Submit Payment of a $150 Application Fee, a $14.75 Finger Printing Fee. Registered Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Kentucky, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Kentucky.

 

Registered Nurse (RN) in Kentucky

Education
Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program

Examination
NCLEX-RN

Fees
$110 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee, $14.75 Fingerprinting Fee

Experience
120-Hour Clinical Internship

Renewal
All Kentucky licenses should be renewed between September 15 and midnight of October 31. Fee is $50 for the registered nurse (R.N.) license. Any advanced licenses should be renewed separately and for an additional fee. Online renewal is mandatory for all nurses.

Additional Information
None

Endorsement
Individuals Licensed as a Registered Nurse in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement. Endorsement Applicants Must Complete 2 HIV/AIDS Continuing Education Contact Hours, 3 Domestic Violence Continuing Education Contact Hours, 1.5 Pediatric Head Abuse Trauma Contact Hours, Provide Proof of Either 120 Hours of Clinical Experience or a 120-Hour Clinical Internship, and Submit Payment of a $150 Application Fee, a $14.75 Finger Printing Fee. Registered Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Kentucky, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Kentucky.

 

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Kentucky

Education
Completion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program

Examination
NCLEX-PN

Fees
$110 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee, $14.75 Fingerprinting Fee

Experience
120-Hour Clinical Internship

Renewal
Renewal fees include the R.N. license plus $40 for each LPN certification that is renewed. LPNs are required to complete 14 contact hours during each renewal period or complete one of the following: national certification, a nursing research project as principal investigator, or publication in a nursing journal. See the Kentucky Board of Nursing web site for more information.

Additional Information
None

Endorsement
Individuals Licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement. Endorsement Applicants Must Complete 2 HIV/AIDS Continuing Education Contact Hours, 3 Domestic Violence Continuing Education Contact Hours, 1.5 Pediatric Head Abuse Trauma Contact Hours, Provide Proof of Either 120 Hours of Clinical Experience or a 120-Hour Clinical Internship, and Submit Payment of a $150 Application Fee, a $14.75 Finger Printing Fee. Licensed Practical Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Kentucky, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Kentucky.

 

FEATURED ONLINE HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS


Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

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