Becoming an LPN in Kentucky

The state of Kentucky believes in offering quality care in all settings—whether it’s in an office or a hospital. They are 24 states that make up the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), making it easier for nurses in other NLC states to work in Kentucky. Other ways to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in the state is by exam or endorsement. LPN jobs are on the rise and slated to increase 27% per year in Kentucky by 2024, according to a study performed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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    2017 Best LPN Programs in Kentucky

    Kentucky has 20 state-approved nursing programs across the state. Whether you're considering a private nursing school, community college, or a vocational program, you don't have to look very far to find the right school for you. We've taken some of the hassle out of the process by combing through state NCLEX-PN exam results and creating a list of the top 5 LPN schools in Kentucky for you to choose from.

    For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (


    Somerset Community College - Somerset

    808 Monticello Street, Somerset, KY 42501 - (606) 679-8501 - Visit Homepage

    Somerset Community College (SCC) is located in Somerset, Kentucky, with additional locations in London, Liberty, Albany, Whitley City, and Russell Springs. SCC strives to improve employability and quality of life for its area citizen as a provider of transfer education, workforce education and training, and associate degrees and transfer programs.

    Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Somerset Community College - Somerset

    West Kentucky Community & Technical College - Murray

    607 Poplar St, Murray, KY 42071 - (855) 469-5282 - Visit Homepage

    West Kentucky Community & Technical College (WKCTC) is located in Paducah, Kentucky, with off-campus sites located in Paducah, Mayfield, Hickory, and Murray. WKCTC provided excellence in teaching and learning that not only promotes student success, but also supports economic development, leading to certificates, diplomas and associate's degrees.

    Overall Score: 100.00

    Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College - Bowling Green

    1845 Loop Drive, Bowling Green, KY 42101 - (270) 901-1000 - Visit Homepage

    Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College (SKYCTC) is located in Bowling Green (three campuses), Kentucky, with two additional campuses in Glasgow and one in Franklin. SKYCTC seeks to improve the employability of its students as well as the quality of life of south central Kentucky citizens by providing certificates, diplomas, associate's degrees, adult education, and workforce training.


    Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College - Glasgow

    129 State Ave., Glasgow, KY 42141 - (270) 901-1200 - Visit Homepage

    Visit the to learn more.

    Overall Score: 99.40

    Big Sandy Community & Technical College - Lexington

    470 Cooper Dr, Lexington, KY 40502 - (855) 246-2477 - Visit Homepage

    Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) is located in Lexington, Kentucky, with additional campuses located in Danville, Lawrenceburg, and Winchester, as well as off-campus sites in Georgetown. BCTC seeks to provide general education and transfer programs, career and technical programs, transitional education, workforce training, and continued education for lifelong learning.

    Overall Score: 98.00

    Continued List of All Programs in Kentucky

    #6 Somerset Community College - London
    100 University Dr., London, KY 40741
    (606) 877-1421 Visit Homepage
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    #7 West Kentucky Community & Technical College - Paducah
    4810 Alben Barkley Dr, Paducah, KY 42001
    (270) 554-9200 Visit Homepage
    96.70Request Information
    #8 Hazard Community & Technical College
    1 Community College Dr, Hazard, KY 41701
    (606) 436-5721 Visit Homepage
    95.90Request Information
    #9 Spencerian College - Louisville
    4627 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY 40216
    (502) 447-1000 Visit Homepage
    94.70Request Information
    #10 Big Sandy Community & Technical College - Danville
    59 Corporate Dr, Danville, KY 40422
    (859) 239-7030 Visit Homepage
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    #11 Hopkinsville Community College
    720 North Dr, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
    (270) 707-3700 Visit Homepage
    93.70Request Information
    #12 Big Sandy Community & Technical College - Paintsville
    1 Bert Combs Dr, Prestonsburg, KY 41653
    (606) 886-3863 Visit Homepage
    93.50Request Information
    #13 Somerset Community College - Albany
    1273 KY Highway 90 W, Albany, KY 42602
    (606) 387-3236 Visit Homepage
    93.50Request Information
    #14 Maysville Community & Technical College - Rowan
    609 Viking Dr., Morehead, KY 40351
    (606) 783-1538 Visit Homepage
    91.50Request Information
    #15 Beckfield College - Florence
    16 Spiral Dr, Florence, KY 41042
    (859) 371-9393 Visit Homepage
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    #16 Jefferson Community and Technical College
    109 East Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202
    (502) 213-5333 Visit Homepage
    88.70Request Information
    #17 Galen College of Nursing - Louisville
    1031 Zorn Avenue, Suite 400, Louisville, KY 40207
    (502) 410-6200 Visit Homepage
    88.10Request Information
    #18 Maysville Community & Technical College - Maysville
    1755 U.S. Highway 68, Maysville, KY 41056
    (606) 759-7141 Visit Homepage
    87.30Request Information
    #19 ATA College
    10200 Linn Station Rd, Louisville, KY 40223
    (502) 412-4028 Visit Homepage
    82.20Request Information
    #20 Ashland Community & Technical College
    1400 College Dr, Ashland, KY 41101
    (606) 326-2000 Visit Homepage
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  • Kentucky LPN Licensing Requirements

    Individuals looking to acquire an LPN license in Kentucky must attend a certified nursing program and complete the NCLEX with a satisfactory score.

    In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit an application to the state, including:

    • Official transcript from the state-approved nursing program.
    • Pass the Kentucky Jurisprudence exam.
    • Documentation of passing the NCLEX exam.
    • Met continued competency requirements—2 hours HIV/AIDs and 2 hours Domestic Violence.
    • Submit a criminal background check and fingerprinting card.

    Kentucky Nursing Applications (

    An LPN may require a level of strength and endurance to complete daily activities, including heavy lifting and extended periods on his or her feet.

    Kentucky is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC - that doesn't require additional licensing for nurses working in NLC states that hold licenses in other NLC states. There are 24 states in the compact. LPNs licensed outside of the NLC are, who wish to work in the state of Kentucky—they can be licensed by endorsement and must provide the following:

    • Completed endorsement application with application fee.
    • Proof of passing the Kentucky Jurisprudence exam.
    • Official transcript of state-approved nursing program.
    • Proof of licensure in another state.
    • Verification that he or she has completed 2 hours of Kentucky-approved continued education re: HIV/AIDS.
    • Federal background check.

    Applicants that have studied abroad and hold a comparable license in another country must become licensed in Kentucky. The applicant must also submit a proof of continued competency, proof that he or she has previously been licensed in the US, documentation of legal residence, and a valid copy of his or her social security card.

    Learn more about Kentucky LPN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.

    Additional KY Nursing Resources

    Kentucky Board of Nursing

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