Other Programs of Nursing and Initial Licensure

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.

Should a student admitted in a program online or outside Kentucky, concerns, questions, or complaints regarding their program should be addressed in the first instance to their specific program and/or the Board of Nursing that has jurisdiction over the program. Again, the KBN does not have jurisdiction over the regulation under which those programs operate.

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