Additional Licensure Information for Nursing Programs

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 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.

Educational Preparation

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

National Certification

You are highly encouraged to research the requirements of optional certification exams. You will be academically prepared to make application to sit for your specialty certification examination. You are encouraged to review your specialty certification examination requirements as they may change during the course of your program. You will need to comply with their requirements as a component of making your application to sit for the examination.) 

Each national certifying body and state Boards of Nursing will have additional requirements to make application to sit for your specialty certification examination. For specific certification and licensure requirements, please contact the certifying body for your specialty and the board of nursing of the state you plan to obtain a license for their specific requirements. You can also contact as well as visiting the following websites for more information: