APRN Update Instructions

To access the APRN Update​ Instructions, please click on the link below:



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Alert Regarding Phishing Scam

Board staff has been advised of a phishing scam where a scammer called a nurse falsely claiming to be an employee of the Kentucky Board of Nursing. Be advised that KBN staff will never initiate contact with ​a KBN applicant or licensee by telephone with verbal requests for personal identifying information, such as financial information, date of birth or social security number. Any such phishing scams should be reported to the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General via the Scam/ID Theft complaint form:


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. 


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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Employment Opportunity

Please click here to review our open Deputy Executive Director Opportunity.

Please click here to review our open Nursing Education Consultant Opportunity.

Please click here to review our open Administrative Specialist III Opportunity.

Please click here to review our open Administrative ​Specialist III Opportunity.

Please note: Applications are unique to each job posting and cannot be considered for other postings. Candidates must ​complete the application process for each posting for which they wish to be considered.​

​​How d​o I...?​

To determine the status of your RN, LPN and/or APRN Nursing Application, please click here.

For upcoming Board, Committee & other meetings, please click here.

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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:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

KBN Office Closed:   

01/20/2020 (Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday​)

04/10/2020 (Good Friday - One-half day)

05/25/2020 (Memorial 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 applications are available unless otherwise noted.