Free directory of 145 accredited LPN to RN Programs throughout the U.S.

Earn your BSN degree and become a Registered Nurse

The State of Kentucky has made it a little easier for those who have already trained as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to make the transition to Registered Nurse (RN). The programs can be completed in about 18 months. Admission to most transition, or bridge programs is based on grades earned when training to be an LPN, work and volunteer experience and recommendations from employers.

In addition to core nursing courses, the student will take classes in math, humanities and psychology. The classes contain both practical and conceptual knowledge and will prepare the student to take the National Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). When choosing an LPN to RN program, be sure the program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission. Unaccredited programs are not recognized by the Kentucky Board of Nursing and graduates will not be allowed to take the state licensing exam.

An advantage to being trained as an RN is the ability to take on greater responsibility, including management and supervision positions. RN’s often work in a supervisory capacity and supervise other nurses. This adds an element of challenge and variety to the duties and RN already undertake.

The LPN to RN programs can be completed in 3 semesters plus the time it takes to complete any prerequisites. The student must complete 34 credit hours in general education studies including the necessary nursing courses including microbiology, pharmacology, pediatric nursing, behavioral health nursing and transition to Associates degree in the field of nursing. In addition to the required class work, the student will also participate in a clinical rotation that will provide the opportunity to work in a health care facility and perform the daily duties of an RN. The student will work under the direct supervision of an RN and will be graded on their performance.

Once the student has completed the educational requirements and graduation is anticipated, the student must apply to the Kentucky Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-RN exam. The exam is administered by a third party for the Board of Nursing. The application must include the application fee to the Board of Nursing, and a separate fee to take the exam, a copy of the program transcript, copy of the results of any preliminary exams required and a copy of the student’s valid LPN license.

Once the application is approved, the student will be able to choose the testing site most convenient to their location and schedule a day to take the exam. The student will be notified within two to three weeks of the result. If the student passed the test, they must complete and submit an application in order to receive their actual license.

LPN to RN Programs in Kentucky

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Kentucky LPN to RN Schools

Find LPN to RN online programs that offer flexible scheduling and variable completion dates. Browse our list of nursing schools in Kentucky that offer CCNE accredited LPN to RN programs:

Northern Kentucky University LPN to RN

Nunn Dr
Newport, KY 41076
(859) 572-5100

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