Kentucky Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2023
AKA: CRNP License, APRN Licensure
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Follow below to learn how to become a nurse practitioner (NP) in Kentucky.
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Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) applicants are required to present proof of the possession of a valid and unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license to practice in Kentucky along with other supporting documents in their application. Unless you have this or a valid multistate RN license from an NLC member state, you are expected to apply for one in Kentucky. There are two major routes of application which are RN by Examination and RN by Endorsement.
This is the preferred route of application for recent graduates of nursing programs from board-approved nursing programs.
This is the route of choice for RNs who hold a license to practice in a state that is not a party to the NLC.
All foreign-trained applicants are to have their credentials evaluated by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), specifically their VisaScreen program. The resultant certificate should be sent to KBN or sent by mail to the following address:Kentucky Board of Nursing
Those trained in Puerto Rico after September 1, 2006, are required to submit a General Evaluation Report/Course by Course Report from the Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), a copy of the Modified Document-By-Document Evaluation Report from the Foundation for International Services, Inc., a nursing evaluation report from Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., or General Analysis Evaluations from SpanTran.
All applicants are required to score at least 80% in the Jurisprudence Exam which is a test to evaluate your knowledge of nursing laws in Kentucky. It is an open-book test that consists of 35 questions and is administered by the NCSBN.
Finally, you are required by law to submit your fingerprints for criminal background checks to be completed at the state and federal levels. This is usually done via livescan at facilities equipped and authorized to do such.
The reports are obtained through IdentoGO©. Registration is done on the UEnroll website with the KBN Service Code (27GKJR). You can schedule appointments on their website or by calling 1-844-543-9714.
Out-of-state applicants who are unable to access a facility for the livescan process can request a copy of the FBI FD-258 card which must be completed appropriately and sent to the IDEMIA card conversion facility for processing. IdentoGO© charges a fee of $51.25. Note that this fee does not go to the KBN and is subject to change at any time.
All application fees are non-refundable and can be paid using a credit card, check, or money order payable to the KBN. All past felonies and convictions must be declared and only correct information must be provided. Keep a valid photo ID handy, preferably your driver’s license for identification during the registration process.
Prospective APRNs, including NPs, must complete a post-graduate nursing education that awards at least a master’s degree (MSN).
Your program must equip you with knowledge in one of the six population foci:
Your program should also include the clinical and coursework aspects and should cover important areas like advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, health assessment, and clinical management.
If you will opt for an out-of-state option, ensure that it includes the important areas covered by board-approved Kentucky programs or is approved by the board of nursing in that state.
To practice as an NP in Kentucky, you must be certified to serve one or more specific population foci. The certification process is handled by national certifying agencies which are specific to each population focus available. Hence, you should contact the agency that certifies NPs in your preferred area of practice.
These agencies reserve the right to evaluate the quality of your nurse practitioner education by using the examination method to determine who is worthy of certification. The agencies approved by the KBN for national certification include:
The application process is generally completed online for a $165 fee however; you can opt for the paper application which will cost you an extra $40.
As part of the application process, an original copy of your transcript for your advanced practice education must be made available to the board. The transcript must include your date of graduation and the type of degree awarded and must be sent in a sealed envelope, preferably directly from the awarding institution.
You are also required to provide proof of national certification and a valid single-state RN license in Kentucky or a multistate RN license from an NLC member state. License verification is usually done using the Nursys platform as was covered under the “initial RN license section”.
All applicants are required to also submit their fingerprints for a criminal background check and declare any convictions or felonies as covered in the aforementioned section also.
Holders of a valid APRN license issued in another state may also be allowed to apply for an APRN license by endorsement.