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Kentucky Nurse Practitioner Certification

In Kentucky, NPs are called APRNs and are required to include the initials "APRN" in their title. Kentucky recognizes four types of APRNs: nurse anesthetist, NP, nurse–midwife, and CNS.

Kentucky APRNs may examine patients; order diagnostic treatments, drugs, devices, and tests; interpret diagnostic tests; establish management plans for acute and chronic illnesses and diseases; and inform patients about ways to promote health and avoid or prevent illness and disease. Kentucky APRNs may also prescribe medications and devices, including controlled substances, within their area of specialty. Kentucky APRNs must be overseen by a physician, but they can perform primary care. Many Kentucky NPs work in clinics and physician’s offices, performing critical duties in primary and secondary care.


In order to become a Kentucky APRN, you must hold an active Kentucky or multi-state RN license. You must also complete an advanced practice educational program and receive a master’s degree or post-master’s certificate from an accredited nursing school. The school must offer NP degrees with the required clinical practice and pharmacological courses. Schools in Kentucky that offer these degrees include: University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University, Northern Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University, and Bellarmine University.

You can also opt to attend an online university, which will offer the flexibility to study when you have availability and from the comfort of your home. Some accredited online schools include: Philadelphia University, University of Cincinnati, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Liberty University, South University, and Graceland University. To meet the required clinical practicum component, the faculty of online schools will arrange clinical sites at areas convenient to students.

After you have earned your master’s degree or post-master’s certificate, you will need to take an examination offered by one of the national certifying bodies for professional nursing in your area of NP certification. You might specialize in an area such as pediatric care, adult care, geriatric care, or acute care. The Kentucky Board of Nursing recognizes the following agencies: ANCC, AMCB, PNCB, NBCRNA, NCC, American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) Certification Association, AANP, and ONCC.

APRNs earn $78,000 per year in Kentucky. Salary rates vary based on area of specialty, location, and type of practice, education, and experience.

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Last Updated: 05/19/2014