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.
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.
To see all the top ranked LPN programs in Kentucky click here.
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: https://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) 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 & Employment Outlook.
The table below lists career information retrieved from the BLS for licensed practical nurses in Kentucky. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
|Area||Total Employment||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Salary|
|Elizabethtown, Fort Knox||160||$18.74||$38,980|
For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Kentucky LPN to RN/BSN programs page.
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 citizens as a provider of transfer education, workforce education and training, as well as associate degree and transfer programs.
Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with two additional campuses in Glasgow and Franklin. The college 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.
At Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, classroom instruction in theory and basic nursing skills are provided on campus. Under the guidance of program faculty, students gain valuable experience in the care of all ages in a variety of health care settings and/or community agencies hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and child care centers.
The Practical Nursing program at West Kentucky Community and Technical College prepares individuals to practice within the legal scope of practical nursing. Student learn to use the nursing process at the practical nursing level toward the maintenance of health and prevention of illness, the observation and nursing care of persons experiencing changes in their health processes, and the evaluation of health practices of patients are emphasized.
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.
Big Sandy Community and Technical College offers a three semester program leading to a diploma in Practical Nursing following successful completion of the program. The Kentucky Board of Nursing will then determine the graduate’s eligibility to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and practice in the state of Kentucky under the supervision of a registered nurse, physician or dentist.
Somerset Community College's Clinton Center in Albany offers an 18 month Practical Nursing program. which may lead to an Associate Degree (AAS) with additional general education requirements. The practical nursing coursework in clude theory and skills presented in lecture/lab format as well as a clinical experience component.
Hopkinsville Community College (HCC) is an inclusive, student-centered educational institution located in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, with an additional campus in Fort Campbell and multiple off campus locations throughout the state. HCC provides accessible, innovative, and comprehensive learning opportunities for students that encourage academic excellence.
Madison Community College offers a wonderful integrated nursing program that provides a seamless educational curriculum with two exit points allowing you to choose a career as a Practical Nurse (PN) or Registered Nurse (RN). Students are prepared by exceptional faculty and staff and are ready to find success on the NCLEX-PN.
Continued List of All Programs in Kentucky
470 Cooper Dr, Lexington, KY 40502
1755 U.S. Highway 68, Maysville, KY 41056
109 East Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202
16 Spiral Dr, Florence, KY 41042
1031 Zorn Avenue, Suite 400, Louisville, KY 40207
59 Corporate Dr, Danville, KY 40422
4627 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY 40216
10200 Linn Station Rd, Louisville, KY 40223
609 Viking Dr., Morehead, KY 40351
1400 College Dr, Ashland, KY 41101
Programs Not Included In Rankings
201 Calk Ave., Mt. Sterling, KY 40353
Additional KY Nursing Resources
- Kentucky Board of Nursing
312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222
Phone: (502) 429-3300
- Kentucky Nurses Association
305 Townepark Circle, Suite 100
Louisville, KY 40243
Phone: (502) 245-2843
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