Kentucky Licensure & Registration Info

The Kentucky State Board of Nursing licenses registered nurses and practical nurses. Kentucky is a Nurse Licensure Compact (Compact) state, meaning that nurses licensed by another Compact state do not need to apply for licensure unless they plan to make Kentucky their primary state of residency.

Select license type you’re applying for:

Registered Nurse - Initial Licensure

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Accepted English Language Proficiency Test and Passing Exam Scores:

  • TOEFL Internet Based Test: Overall score: 84; Speaking score: 26
  • IELTS Academic: Overall Test Passing Score: 6.5; Speaking:6.0

Notes

Any applicant taught in English DOES NOT need to take an English exam or submit an ELP Report. All non-English applicants where the language of instruction and textbook was NOT SOLEY in English are required to take an English Language Proficiency (ELP) exam. If language of instruction and textbook have English and another language the applicant must take an ELP exam.

Registered Nurse - Endorsement

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Accepted English Language Proficiency Test and Passing Exam Scores:

  • TOEFL Internet Based Test: Overall score: 84; Speaking score: 26
  • IELTS Academic: Overall Test Passing Score: 6.5; Speaking:6.0

Notes

Any applicant taught in English DOES NOT need to take an English exam or submit an ELP Report. All non-English applicants where the language of instruction and textbook was NOT SOLEY in English are required to take an English Language Proficiency (ELP) exam. If language of instruction and textbook have English and another language the applicant must take an ELP exam.

Licensed Practical Nurse - Initial Licensure

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Accepted English Language Proficiency Test and Passing Exam Scores:

  • TOEFL Internet Based Test: Overall score: 84; Speaking score: 26
  • IELTS Academic: Overall Test Passing Score: 6.5; Speaking:6.0

Notes

Any applicant taught in English DOES NOT need to take an English exam or submit an ELP Report. All non-English applicants where the language of instruction and textbook was NOT SOLEY in English are required to take an English Language Proficiency (ELP) exam. If language of instruction and textbook have English and another language the applicant must take an ELP exam.

Licensed Practical Nurse - Endorsement

Service(s) Required

English Language Proficiency Exam Results

Accepted English Language Proficiency Test and Passing Exam Scores:

  • TOEFL Internet Based Test: Overall score: 84; Speaking score: 26
  • IELTS Academic: Overall Test Passing Score: 6.5; Speaking:6.0

Notes

Any applicant taught in English DOES NOT need to take an English exam or submit an ELP Report. All non-English applicants where the language of instruction and textbook was NOT SOLEY in English are required to take an English Language Proficiency (ELP) exam. If language of instruction and textbook have English and another language the applicant must take an ELP exam.

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