The Kentucky Board of Nursing is an agency of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, governed by the Nurse Practice Act. The Board is a separate and distinct entity from any professional association.

Our job is to protect public health and welfare by developing and enforcing state laws governing the safe practice of nursing.

The Board is self-supporting through fees assessed for professional licensure. The agency receives no general fund tax appropriation. 



ALL BUTALBITAL CONTAINING PRODUCTS (Fioricet, Bupap, Esgic, etc.) are SCHEDULE III CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and are NOT exempt from the licensing, distribution, and recordkeeping provisions of KRS 218A.150-218A.172, 218A.180, and 218A.200. Prescriptions for butalbital containing products must be reported to KASPER.

Effective September 17, 2014, a prescriber without a DEA license cannot write or issue a prescription for a butalbital containing product (Fioricet, Bupap, Esgic, etc.) . In addition, any remaining refills on a butalbital containing product prescription issued by a prescriber without a valid DEA license may NOT be dispensed. If a DEA licensed prescriber issued a prescription for a butalbital containing product with refills AND it has not been more than 6 months from the date written, it MAY be refilled. Exception: APRNs who have a valid DEA Number are not permitted to write refills for butalbital containing products as APRNs are not permitted to write refills on Schedule III medications.

For questions regarding the changes made to 902 KAR 55:045 and 902 KAR 55:090, please call the Drug Enforcement and Professional Practices Branch at 502-564-7985.



In collaboration with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, the Kentucky Board of Nursing is providing the following information to all licensees in order to detect, protect, and respond to the Ebola virus.

Resources are available at the CDC’s Ebola Website. Please note that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is available by calling the CDC Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 770-488-7100 or via email at eocreport@cdc.gov

Please see advisories prepared by the Kentucky Department for Public Health to provide more information.


For directions to the Kentucky Board of Nursing's physical location, please click here.

Apply for Licensure Online

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  • by Examination (initial licensure),
  • by Reinstatement, or
  • by Endorsement (licensure from another state board)
For more information, see Apply for a License.
It is not the practice of KBN to release NCLEX results to another board of nursing.

License/Application Lookup

For more information, see Apply for a License.
PRIMARY SOURCE VERIFICATION: The KBN website is considered primary source verification and is actually the preferred method of licensure validation. Both JCAHO and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of the Inspector General, consider verification through the website as evidence of licensure. 
KBN does primary source verification of an initial applicant's nursing education.  See 201 KAR 20:056201 KAR 20:070 and 201 KAR 20:110

Nursing Leadership Programs

For information on Nursing Leadership Programs, please click here.


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Next Scheduled Board Meeting

The next scheduled Board meeting will be:      

Friday, December 5, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. (EST)

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Kentucky Board of Nursing Operating Information


Kentucky Board of Nursing
312 Whittington Pky
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222
Phone: 502-429-3300
or 1-800-305-2042

Fax:  502-429-3311

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

KBN Office Closed:  

11/27/14 - 11/28/14 (Thanksgiving)

12/25/14 - 12/26/14 (Christmas)

01/01/15 - 01/02/15 (New Year’s)

Please be advised that the Board office may be closed on occasions of severe weather and may be unable to provide specific notice of the closing. All online activities are available unless otherwise noted.