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.

  • LPN Programs in Kentucky

    ProgramDetails
    Ashland Community & Technical College
    1400 College Dr, Ashland, KY 41101
    (606) 326-2000 Visit Homepage
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    ATA College
    10200 Linn Station Rd, Louisville, KY 40223
    (502) 412-4028 Visit Homepage
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    Beckfield College - Florence
    16 Spiral Dr, Florence, KY 41042
    (859) 371-9393 Visit Homepage
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    Big Sandy Community & Technical College - Danville
    59 Corporate Dr, Danville, KY 40422
    (859) 239-7030 Visit Homepage
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    Big Sandy Community & Technical College - Lexington
    470 Cooper Dr, Lexington, KY 40502
    (855) 246-2477 Visit Homepage
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    Big Sandy Community & Technical College - Paintsville
    1 Bert Combs Dr, Prestonsburg, KY 41653
    (606) 886-3863 Visit Homepage
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    Galen College of Nursing - Louisville
    1031 Zorn Avenue, Suite 400, Louisville, KY 40207
    (502) 410-6200 Visit Homepage
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    Hazard Community & Technical College
    1 Community College Dr, Hazard, KY 41701
    (606) 436-5721 Visit Homepage
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    Hopkinsville Community College
    720 North Dr, Hopkinsville, KY 42240
    (270) 707-3700 Visit Homepage
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    Jefferson Community and Technical College
    109 East Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202
    (502) 213-5333 Visit Homepage
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    Madisonville Community College
    750 North Laffoon Street, Madisonville, KY 42431
    (270) 824-7552 Visit Homepage
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    Maysville Community & Technical College - Maysville
    1755 U.S. Highway 68, Maysville, KY 41056
    (606) 759-7141 Visit Homepage
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    Maysville Community & Technical College - Montgomery
    201 Calk Ave., Mt. Sterling, KY 40353
    (859) 499-6282 Visit Homepage
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    Maysville Community & Technical College - Rowan
    609 Viking Dr., Morehead, KY 40351
    (606) 783-1538 Visit Homepage
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    Somerset Community College
    808 Monticello Street, Somerset, KY 42501
    (606) 679-8501 Visit Homepage
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    Somerset Community College - Albany
    1273 KY Highway 90 W, Albany, KY 42602
    (606) 387-3236 Visit Homepage
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    Somerset Community College - London
    100 University Dr., London, KY 40741
    (606) 877-1421 Visit Homepage
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    Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College - Bowling Green
    1845 Loop Drive, Bowling Green, KY 42101
    (270) 901-1000 Visit Homepage
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    Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College - Glasgow
    129 State Ave., Glasgow, KY 42141
    (270) 901-1200 Visit Homepage
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    Spencerian College - Louisville
    4627 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY 40216
    (502) 447-1000 Visit Homepage
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    West Kentucky Community & Technical College
    4810 Alben Barkley Dr, Paducah, KY 42001
    (270) 554-9200 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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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
    http://www.kbn.ky.gov/

    For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Kentucky LPN to RN programs page.