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.
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 (http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology)1808 Monticello Street, Somerset, KY 42501 - (606) 679-8501 -
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.2607 Poplar St, Murray, KY 42071 - (855) 469-5282 -
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.31845 Loop Drive, Bowling Green, KY 42101 - (270) 901-1000 -
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.4129 State Ave., Glasgow, KY 42141 - (270) 901-1200 -
Visit the Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College - Glasgow nursing website to learn more.5470 Cooper Dr, Lexington, KY 40502 - (855) 246-2477 -
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.6100 University Dr., London, KY 40741 - (606) 877-1421 -
Somerset Community College (SCC)-Laurel Campus is located in London, Kentucky, with additional campuses located in Somerset, Liberty, Albany, Whitley City, and Russell Springs. SCC seeks to improve student employability as well as the quality of life for its area citizens, providing college and workforce readiness, transfer education, and professional education and training.74810 Alben Barkley Dr, Paducah, KY 42001 - (270) 554-9200 -
Visit the West Kentucky Community & Technical College - Paducah nursing website to learn more.81 Community College Dr, Hazard, KY 41701 - (606) 436-5721 -
Learn more by visiting the Hazard Community & Technical College nursing website.94627 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY 40216 - (502) 447-1000 -
Check out the official Spencerian College - Louisville nursing program.1059 Corporate Dr, Danville, KY 40422 - (859) 239-7030 -
Learn more by visiting the Big Sandy Community & Technical College - Danville nursing website.
Continued List of All Programs in Kentucky
Ranked Program Score Details #11720 North Dr, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 93.70 Request Information #121 Bert Combs Dr, Prestonsburg, KY 41653 93.50 Request Information #131273 KY Highway 90 W, Albany, KY 42602 93.50 Request Information #14609 Viking Dr., Morehead, KY 40351 91.50 Request Information #1516 Spiral Dr, Florence, KY 41042 89.90 Request Information #16109 East Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202 88.70 Request Information #171031 Zorn Avenue, Suite 400, Louisville, KY 40207 88.10 Request Information #181755 U.S. Highway 68, Maysville, KY 41056 87.30 Request Information #1910200 Linn Station Rd, Louisville, KY 40223 82.20 Request Information #201400 College Dr, Ashland, KY 41101 75.50 Request Information
Programs Not Included In Rankings
Program Details201 Calk Ave., Mt. Sterling, KY 40353 Request Information
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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 (http://kbn.ky.gov/apply/Pages/default.aspx)
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 - https://www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm) 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