Careers & Schools

Seeking to begin a career in health care? Browse our helpful resources and learn more about education and career opportunities.

Kentucky Nursing Programs
​​​​​​​This website provides a general overview and information to consider for prospective students considering attending a program of nursing in Kentucky. ​

Kentucky Veterans Accelerated Licensure Occupational Recruitment
Use your military experience to find a fulfilling post-service career. Kentucky offers over 150,000 job opportunities and more than 44 accelerated career pathways that give you credit for the education and experience you gained in the military. You can skip lengthy job searches and certifications to quickly advance to your next career, and KY VALOR can help. ​​​​​​​

What is Career and Technical Education?
Career and Technical Education (CTE) is an essential component of the high school curriculum. For many students, it represents as much as a third of their high school experience. It is a critical component in meeting the needs of students in academic achievement, career exploration, career preparation and leadership development. Successful transition to postsecondary education, work or the military is one of the goals of Kentucky’s educational system. The percentage of students making successful transition is a component of the high school accountability index.

Postsecondary Readiness
Postsecondary Readiness is the attainment of the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions for a student to successfully transition to the next level of his or her educational career. All students with a G-code in Infinite Campus (IC) and grade 12 non-graduates are included in postsecondary readiness and are accountable based on the 100-day rule.

Kentucky AHEC Program Area Health Education Centers
AHEC was created by Congress in 1971 to enhance access to quality health care.

Kentucky Healthcare Workforce Collaborative
Kentucky’s Healthcare Workforce Collaborative (HWC) is a $10 million initiative funded by the legislature to bring together state leaders, policy experts, campus leadership and the health care industry to solve Kentucky’s health care crisis.

HealthForce Kentucky
HealthForce Kentucky is an effort to inspire careers in health care by providing wider access to the highest levels of instruction and technology. This unique collaboration involves nine colleges and universities along with numerous school districts across 16 counties in Western Kentucky.

Overview of Kentucky’s Healthcare Workforce Investment Fund
Kentucky recognized healthcare workforce shortages during the 2023 legislative session in part by establishing the Kentucky Healthcare Workforce Investment Fund administered by the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE). Through public/private partnerships, this unique legislation incentivizes healthcare education programs, healthcare industry partners, and state leadership to strengthen the education and training pipeline of health care professions within Kentucky to better serve patients across the state. Within the fund, resources are reserved for healthcare training scholarships for Kentucky resident students and healthcare program incentives to reward performance and excellence among professional programs.

Schools

This interactive map shows prelicensure (RN and PN) nursing programs approved, or in the approval process, through the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

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The Kentucky Community and Technical College System includes 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses.

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