Required Legal Title for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
(1) APRN is the legal, licensure title for all NPs, CNMs, CRNAs, and qualifying CNSs. (KRS 314.042). That title should always be used by any currently licensed APRN. It should precede any certification title such as FNP or CRNA, if the person wants to use those credentials.
(2) The academic degree (MSN, Ph.D., DNP, etc.) may be used; it is not required. If it is used, there is no law on where it is placed, i.e. before or after licensure title of APRN. An individual who holds a doctoral degree should be aware of KRS 164.298(2) and KRS 311.375 which state that if a person uses the title Doctor or Dr., they must also use their doctoral credentials, i.e. DNP.
KBN Recognized APRN Certification Population Foci
You must provide proof of certification or recertification to KBN.
KBN recognizes the following population foci designations:
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
- Certified Nurse Midwife
|Adult (Acute & Primary Care)
||Acute Care - (Across the Lifespan)
|Adult Gerontology (Acute & Primary Care)
|Pediatric (Acute & Primary Care)
|| Child/Adol Psych Mental Health
|Adult Psych Mental Health
||Adult Psych Mental Health
|Family Psych Mental Health (Across the Lifespan)
||Psych Mental Health (Across the Lifespan)
Currently licensed Kentucky APRNs who fail to continually renew APRN licensure and national certification in community health, critical care, oncology and/or school population foci will be unable to reinstate APRN licensure in those foci.
Note: KBN will reflect two population foci on our online validation. If you are certified in more than one population foci, you may send that information to KBN reflect two population foci on our online validation. If you are certified in more than one population foci, you may send that information to KBN.
Kentucky Board of Nursing
312 Whittington Parkway
Louisville, KY 40222
Fax to: 502-429-3336
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