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Kentucky RN Programs

Kentucky RN Programs

There are many degrees one can pursue after you get out of high school, but registered nursing may be one of the more rewarding. RN programs in Kentucky offer students a chance to pursue a challenging career helping others.

Kentucky RN programs range from 2 years for an associate's degree to 4 years for a bachelor's degree. The variety of Kentucky RN programs allows one to attend the program that best meets his or her needs.

Becoming Licensed by Examination in Kentucky

Individuals in Kentucky can become eligible to work as RNs by examination and by endorsement. To become an RN by examination an individual must submit the following items with his or her application:

  • Payment of the RN examination fee of $110.00
  • A Kentucky criminal background report
  • A fingerprint card with payment for the fee of
  • Proof that he or she has passed the Kentucky Jurisprudence Exam
  • Verification that the individual has completed an approved nursing program
  • Documentation that he or she has passed the NCLEX
  • Proof that he or she completed the required continuing competency. If the individual did not graduate from a Kentucky nursing program, he or she must complete:
    • 2 hours of HIV/AIDS continuing education
    • 3 hours of domestic violence continuing education
  • All applicants must complete 1.5 hours of pediatric head abuse trauma

Individuals who have been educated as RNs outside the United States and wish to work as RNs in Kentucky can do so by examination or by endorsement. To become an RN through examination, he or she must submit:

  • A copy of VisaScreen for Licensure
  • His or her application, along with the application fee of $40
  • A state background check
  • A federal background check
  • Proof that he or she has passed the Kentucky Jurisprudence Exam
  • Verification that he or she passed the NCLEX
  • Proof that he or she is a legal resident of the United States
  • A copy of a valid US social security number

Becoming Licensed by Endorsement in Kentucky

If an RN wants to work in Kentucky and currently holds an RN license in another state or US jurisdiction, he or she must submit the following:

  • An endorsement application, along with the $150.00 application fee
  • A fingerprint card, along with the $16.50 fee
  • Proof that he or she has passed the Kentucky Jurisprudence Exam
  • Verification that he or she has completed 2 hours of Kentucky Board of Nursing approved continuing education in HIV/AIDS
  • An official nursing transcript if he or she has graduated from a program in one of the following states:
    • California
    • Connecticut
    • Georgia
    • Illinois
    • Kansas
    • Pennsylvania
    • Washington

If an individual was educated outside of the United States and wishes to become an RN through endorsement, he or she must submit:

  • A copy of VisaScreen for Licensure
  • His or her application, along with the application fee of $40
  • A federal background check
  • Proof that he or she met the continuing competency requirements
  • Verification that he or she has passed the Kentucky Jurisprudence Exam
  • Proof that he or she has been previously licensed in the United States
  • Documentation that he or she is a legal resident of the United States
  • A copy of his or her valid United States social security card

Renewing an RN License

In order to qualify for renewal, applicants must complete 14 hours of continuing education in each renewal period, or any option deemed equivalent for fulfilling this requirement.

Additional Resources

On-Campus & Online RN Schools

The Best RN Schools in Kentucky

By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, helps Kentucky residents find the best local RN programs, as well as the best online RN schools whose accreditation is accepted by the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

Why Online RN Classes?

Being a registered nurse is a great career. But many working adults who want to become an registered nurse have an extremely busy schedule - balancing a full-time job, family commitments and other personal responsibilities. The traditional classroom setting offered by most local nursing schools doesn't offer the same flexibility as taking their RN classes online.

Online nursing programs allow each student to fit their education into his or her already busy schedule. Online students can participate in discussion forums and take exams when it's convenient for them. RN nursing students can access their virtual classroom 24 hours per day / seven days per week.

Also, taking RN courses online saves students even more time, as online students don't need to commute to school. Online schools enable busy people to get an RN degree, without interfering with their current professional and personal life.

Kentucky RN Resources on

Kentucky Board of Nursing
312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222
Phone: (502) 429-3300
Fax: (502) 429-3311

Kentucky Nurses Association

Other KY Schools with RN Programs

Ashland Community & Technical College
1400 College Dr.
Ashland, Kentucky 41101
Beckfield College
16 Spiral Drive
Florence, Kentucky 41042
Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40205
Berea College
Berea College
Berea, Kentucky 40404
Big Sandy Community & Technical College
1 Bert T. Combs Drive
Prestonsburg, Kentucky 41653
Bluegrass Community & Technical College
470 Cooper Drive
Lexington, Kentucky 40506
Campbellsville University
1 University Drive
Campbellsville, Kentucky 42718
Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Ave.
Richmond, Kentucky 40475
Elizabethtown Community & Technical College
600 College Street Road
Elizabethtown, Kentucky 42701
Galen College of Nursing
1031 Zorn Avenue, Suite 400
Louisville, Kentucky 40207
Gateway Community & Technical College
790 Thomas More Parkway
Edgewood, Kentucky 41017
Hazard Community & Technical College
601 Jefferson Ave.
Jackson, Kentucky 41339
Henderson Community College
2660 S. Green Street
Henderson, Kentucky 42420
Hopkinsville Community College
720 North Dr.
Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42240
Jefferson Community & Technical College
109 East Broadway
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
Kentucky Christian University
100 Academic Parkway
Grayson, Kentucky 41143
Kentucky State University
400 East Main Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Lincoln Memorial University
1 Trillium Way
Corbin, Kentucky 40701
Madisonville Community College
2000 College Drive
Madisonville, Kentucky 42431
Maysville Community & Technical College
1755 U.S. Highway 68
Maysville, Kentucky 41056
Midway College
512 E. Stephens St.
Midway, Kentucky 40347
Morehead State University
150 University Boulevard
Morehead, Kentucky 40351
Murray State University
102 Curris Center
Murray, Kentucky 42071
Northern Kentucky University
1 Louie B Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, Kentucky 41099
Owensboro Community & Technical College
4800 New Hartford Road
Owensboro, Kentucky 42303
Pikeville College
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
Somerset Community College
808 Monticello Street
Somerset, Kentucky 42501
Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College
700 College Road
Cumberland, Kentucky 40823
Spalding University
845 South Third St.
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
St Catharine College
2735 Bardstown Rd.
St Catharine, Kentucky 40061