Nursing Programs

​​​​​​​​This page provides a general overview and information to consider for prospective students considering attending a program of nursing in Kentucky. ​

General recommendation regarding choosing a program

​It is recommended that prospective students research the approval/accreditation status and credibility of any nursing program before enrolling in individual courses or the entire program of study.

Kentucky Programs of Nursing


​The Kentucky Board of Nursing only approves and regulates pre-licensure nursing education programs that originate in Kentucky. Information on all such vocational and professional nursing education programs that have received developmental, initial or full approval status can be found​ using the li​nks below:​

Programs should be contacted directly to find out what types of educational options are available. KBN cannot provide advice on which school(s) you should apply for or attend. 

RN to BSN Programs

Baccalaureate degree programs that do not result in licensure are not under the jurisdiction of KBN. These are programs in which Registered Nurses return to school to obtain a bachelor’s degree (BSN); the RNs are already licensed to practice as registered nurses.

By law, the KBN only has oversight of pre-licensure programs in Kentucky.​

Out-of-State Nursing Programs

​​​​The Kentucky Board of Nursing does not have any regulatory oversight of out-of-state nursing education programs.​​

​The Kentucky Board of Nursing does recognize graduates from pre-licensure nursing education programs that are approved/​accredited by other state boards of nursing. In other words, as long as the online or out-of-state program has been approved/accredited by that state’s board of nursing, then the student will be eligible to sit for initial licensure in Kentucky upon successful completion of their program.

Students should contact directly those online or out-of-state nursing education programs for information and/or specific questions about the program and the program's approval/accreditation status.

A student that attends a program of nursing outside the state of Kentucky, whether online or in-person, should address any questions, concerns, or complaints about the program to either the school and/or the Board of Nursing which holds jurisdiction over the program.​​