Nurse Practitioner Programs in Kentucky

To practice as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in Kentucky, the Kentucky Board of Nursing requires the completion of a master’s degree or a post-master’s certificate from a nursing school offering nurse practitioner degree programs with a clinical practicum component. A current registered nursing license and ARNP certification through a national certifying organization recognized by the Kentucky Board of Nursing is also required. Graduates of the programs below are eligible to sit for the national certification examination appropriate to their concentration or track of study.

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Online master’s programs with nurse practitioner tracks will take 18 to 24 months to complete and will include a clinical practicum component as well as a pharmacology component that are required by most states, including Kentucky, for licensure to practice and prescribe. Nurse practitioner programs prepare students to provide preventative and acute health care services to patients of all ages. Students may also choose to pursue specific training in specialty areas such as adult, geriatric or women’s health. Nurse practitioners are prepared to work autonomously evaluating, diagnosing and treating patients.

The job outlook for advanced registered nurse practitioners in Kentucky is excellent. The demand for cost-effective and high quality health care in Kentucky’s health systems will continue to drive the increasing need for ARNPs in Kentucky. 60 to 80 percent of primary and preventive care can be performed by nurse practitioners, according to the American Nurses Association. Which means that health care systems, clinics and physician practices across Kentucky will continue to look for ARNPs to fill this critical health care provider role. You may also be interested in other MSN programs offered in Kentucky.

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Maryville University

Maryville University – St. Louis offers two CCNE accredited online MSN Nurse Practitioner Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner.

Programs Offered Online: MSN – (Family Nurse Practitioner -FNP, Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner – AGNP)

Spring Arbor University

The Spring Arbor University MSN programs are in the accreditation process with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and are accredited by the The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The MSN – Nurse Practitioner program is designed to prepare graduates to sit for National certification as an Adult and/or Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. Request information about these MSN programs today.

Programs Offered: Online MSN – (Concentrations: MSN/MBA, MSN/Education, MSN/Nurse Practitioner)

Frontier Nursing University – Distance Education

The Frontier Nursing University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. They offer online MSN Programs with post masters certificates in the following areas: Certified Nurse Midwifery (accredited by ACME), Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (accredited by the NLNAC). FSMFN also offers an online DNP program accredited by the AACN.

Programs Offered: Online ADN – MSN (Tracks: Nurse Midwifery) , Online MSN – (Tracks: Nurse Midwifery), DNP (Online)

Graceland University – School of Nursing

The RN-BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and MSN programs are CCNE and NLNAC accredited. RN to BSN and RN to BSN/MSN program Practicums can be completed in the student’s community.

Programs Offered: RN to BSN, RN to BSN/MSN and MSN – (Specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator), Post-Graduate Certificate (Specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Education), Doctor of Nursing Practice DNP (Online)

Regis University – Loretto Height School of Nursing

The Regis University School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Programs Offered: RN to BSN, RN to MS in Nursing (Tracks: Leadership in Health Care Systems – Management or Education), Online DNP – (Tracks: Advanced Practice Nursing, Advanced Leadership in Health Care)

Schools Based in Kentucky Offering Nurse Practitioner Programs

Bellarmine University

Programs Offered: MSN – (Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN/MBA Dual Degree Option), Post-masters certificates in Nursing Education and Nursing Administration

2001 Newburg Road
Miles Hall, Louisville, KY 40205,
PH: 502-452-8215

Eastern Kentucky University

Programs Offered: MSN – (Rural Health Family Nurse Practitioner, Rural Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Rural Public Health Nursing – Nursing Education or Administration), Post-MSN Certificate – (Family NP, Psych-Mental Health NP, Public Health Nursing)

521 Lancaster Avenue,
Richmond, KY 40475,
PH: 859-622-6353

Murray State University

Programs Offered: MSN – (Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) – Adult Health Family NP)

120 Mason Hall,
Murray, KY 42071,
PH: 270-762-2193

Northern Kentucky University

Programs Offered: MSN – (FNP, ANP, PNP, GNP, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Education), Post-Master’s Certificates – (nursing administration, nursing education and NP)

303 Albright Health Center,
Highland Heights, KY 41099,
PH: 859-572-5248

University of Kentucky

Programs Offered: MSN – Acute Care NP: (Adult Clinical Nurse, Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health NP, Parent-Child Nursing (Neonatal/Perinatal Clinical Nurse specialist, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric NP), Primary Care NP: (Adult NP, Family NP, and Geriatric NP), Public Health Nursing (Public Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Public Health Nursing Management, Nursing Care Management)

315 College of Nursing Building,
Lexington, KY 40536,
PH: 859-323-5108

Western Kentucky University

Programs Offered: MSN – (Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, Occupational Health Nurse)

1906 College Heights Blvd., #11036,
Bowling Green KY 42101-1036,
PH: 270-745-3391

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