Kentucky Requirements as a Host State

(1) An applicant for licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse shall complete an accredited education program that prepares a registered nurse for one (1) of the four (4) APRN roles established under Section 12(5) of this administrative regulation and clinical experience. This program shall conform to 201 KAR 20:062 (APRN licensure and certification requirements for Kentucky) or its substantial equivalence if from an out of state program.

A nationally established organization or agency which certifies registered nurses for advanced practice registered nursing shall be recognized by the board if it meets the following criteria:

(a) The certifying body is an established national nursing organization or a subdivision of this type of organization;

(b) Eligibility requirements for certification are delineated;

(c) Certification is offered in a role as defined by KRS 314.042(2) (a) and in a population focus as defined by KRS 314.011 and with primary or acute care competencies;

(d) Scope and standards of practice statements are promulgated;

(e) Mechanism for determining continuing competency is established; and

(f) The certifying body is accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties or the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

The board recognizes the following national certifying organizations:

(a) American Nurses Credentialing Center;

(b) American Midwifery Certification Board;

 (c) National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists;

(d) Pediatric Nursing Certification Board;

(e) National Certification Corporation;

(f) American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program; and

(g) American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Certification Corporation.

201 KAR 20:056 Section 2 (1)

“(1) An applicant for licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse shall complete an accredited education program that prepares a registered nurse for one (1) of the four (4) APRN roles established under Section 12(5) of this administrative regulation and clinical experience.”

201 KAR 20:056 Section 3

  1. A nationally established organization or agency which certifies registered nurses for advanced practice registered nursing shall be recognized by the board if it meets the following criteria:

(a) The certifying body is an established national nursing organization or a subdivision of this type of organization;

(b) Eligibility requirements for certification are delineated;

(c) Certification is offered in a role as defined by KRS 314.042(2) (a) and in a population focus as defined by KRS 314.011 and with primary or acute care competencies;

(d) Scope and standards of practice statements are promulgated;

(e) Mechanism for determining continuing competency is established; and

(f) The certifying body is accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties or the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

2)  The board recognizes the following national certifying organizations:

(a) American Nurses Credentialing Center;

(b) American Midwifery Certification Board;

(c) National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists;

(d) Pediatric Nursing Certification Board;

(e) National Certification Corporation;

(f) American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program; and

(g) American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Certification Corporation.

Licensure:

Source: Kentucky Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations