In November, 2013, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) received the designation of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer Organization. In support of NCSBN’s mission, this designation is for the purpose of developing and promoting increased recognition and voluntary adoption of standards of excellence in the regulation of nursing practice through nurse licensure and competency assessment throughout the U.S. and its territories.

NCSBN's Standard's Development Committee (SDC) has developed a standard for criminal background checks for nurse licensure and is asking for public comment about this standard from January 22, 2015 through March 5, 2015.

You may access the standard by going to ncsbn.org/standards-development.htm. External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.


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. 

KBN will host a one day NCLEX Regional Workshop on September 3, 2015

The Kentucky Board of Nursing is pleased to announce that we will host a one day NCLEX Regional Workshop for faculty teaching in Kentucky prelicensure programs. The one day workshop will be conducted by the NCSBN Examinations department staff for the purpose of providing information to educators who prepare students to take the NCLEX examination. Registration is limited to 100 participants so register early. For more information click on this [PDF Format - 280 KB] link to download the brochure and registration information.


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

Apply for Licensure Online

NOTE: Application is best viewed using Internet Explorer or Firefox.
  • 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, March 20, 2015 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:  

04/03/15 - Half-Day (Good Friday)

05/25/15 (Memorial Day)

07/03/15 (Independence Day)

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.