Kentucky FNP Programs
We found 3 Family Nurse Practitioner Programs in Kentucky, with a few options for online Master of Science (MSN) programs that have campuses based in Kentucky.
Kentucky requires that licensed nurses complete an undergraduate nursing program that is officially approved by the Kentucky Nursing Board.
Online MSN Programs in Kentucky
There are a few schools offering online Master of Science in Nursing programs in Kentucky. Note that online programs in Kentucky tend to focus on Nursing Education and Nursing Administration rather than concentrations such as Nurse Practitioner.
Eastern Kentucky University
This university offers two specialized MSN tracks: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Rural Health Family Nurse Practitioner. No campus visits are required for this 100% online course.
Frontier Nursing University
Nurses admitted to the MSN program at Frontier may, if they wish, continue to the DNP track without having to re-apply. Four concentrations are available: Nurse-Midwife, Family Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Both full-time and part-time options are available, with a requirement of 675 clinical hours.
Kentucky Christian University
Kentucky Christian University offers an online Family Nurse Practitioner MSN program with an emphasis on the Christian faith and its role in the practice of nursing. 528 clinical hours are required of all MSN students.
Morehead State University
Morehead offers an MSN program with a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration. This program must be completed within 6 six years of enrollment, and all coursework can be completed online.
Northern Kentucky University
The online MSN at Northern Kentucky is available in six tracks of differing lengths: Nursing Education, Nurse Executive Leadership, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. While the first two programs are designed to be completed in one year, the remaining programs will take two years for a full-time student to complete. Each program includes a specific requirement for clinical or practicum hours.
This school offers an online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program. The school will assist students in finding a clinical site in their geographic area, resulting in a total of 750 clinical hours. Full-time students will graduate in 2 years, while part-time students will graduate in 2.5 years.
Nursing Licensure in Kentucky
Nurses seeking APRN licensure in Kentucky are required to provide evidence of certification by one of the following state-approved national certifying bodies relevant to their specialty: American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Certification Association, National Board of Certification & Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Midwifery Certification Board, American Nurses Credentialing Center, National Certification Corporation, Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, and Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.
For license renewal, Kentucky stipulates a continuing education requirement of 14 classroom hours, as well as 5 contact hours of approved pharmacology coursework for APRNs. Kentucky is one of 32 states currently enrolled in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows nurses in NLC states to practice in other NLC states without obtaining additional licensure at the RN level.
Salary Information for Nurse Practitioners in Kentucky
According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of May 2018 the annual mean salary for nurse practitioners in Kentucky was $99,790 (lower than the national estimate, which is $110,030).
Kentucky registered nurses earned an annual mean salary of $63,100 (the national average was estimated to be $75,510) and nursing anesthetists in Kentucky earned $172,780 (compared to an estimated national average of $174,790). Nursing instructors in this state earned an annual mean salary of $73,170, slightly lower than the national average of $81,350.