Additional Licensure Information for Nursing and Education Fields

Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or nongovernmental certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation. Carefully read the information below for nursing and education programs to confirm whether your program will meet the requirements for licensure in your state.

Nursing Programs

Unless otherwise specified, the University of Kentucky nursing programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. Please note that some specialty tracks are not available in every state. Check the State Authorization by Program page to see if your program track is available in your state of residence.

You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.

Graduates of the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty will be eligible to sit for the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam with the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner exam with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

Graduates of the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty will be eligible to sit for the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).

Graduates of the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty will be eligible to sit for the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).

Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty will be eligible to sit for the Family Nurse Practitioner certification exam with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Graduates of the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty will be eligible to sit for the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification exam with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Graduates of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty will be eligible to sit for the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Graduates of the Executive Leadership specialty may be eligible to sit for the Nurse Executive - Advanced certification exam with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the Certified in Executive Nursing Practice exam with the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).  Eligibility for certification also requires meeting practice requirements for the respective agency.

After earning a certification, you may be academically eligible for licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse in certain states. For the list of states that accept each specialty, see Licensure Disclosures by State.

Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified and to have completed an accredited graduate nursing program in order to obtain licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse. Each national certification provider and state Board of Nursing will have eligibility requirements in addition to these educational requirements, such as passing a criminal background check. It is your responsibility to determine whether you will be eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as an advanced practice registered nurse in your state. Please visit the following websites for more information: