Kentucky offers several types of licenses to medical workers based on their education and working experience. All in all, Physician, Resident, Institutional Practice, Faculty, and Fellowship permits are the ones available for the applicants in the state of Kentucky.
First of all, A Temporary Permit
If the applicant has satisfied all the conditions he or she is given a Temporary Permit (TP) before the main licensure process begins. As the licensees are approved during Board meetings, it’s important to take care of all the documentation and do quick research on what you need to get a Kentucky Medical License.
After you have all the required papers, you can submit an application. The TP you have got is valid only for a half year.
A Regular License
Whenever a person has satisfied all the points required for licensure, he or she can submit an application. The applicant must have completed a postgraduate program (at least 2 years) that is accepted at a state level.
The minimum passing score is 70%. It is also important to take into account that all your documents must be valid so that the Board can accept the request.
There may be fees applicable. Please note that all the payments are non-refundable.
After a regular license, you can apply for an Institutional Practice Limited License.
The next step is to get an Institutional Practice Limited License. The medical worker must have been enrolled in a residency program to be eligible for this program. However, this permit allows doctors to practice medicine only within the bounds of a training program.
The permit is valid only for a year. That is, you should renew it every academic year as long as you study at school. During studies, you must pass USMLE or COMLEX testing along with a year of postgraduate program.
License for Residency Training
If you’ve completed two or more years of training and passed all the required sections of a Board-approved test, you are eligible to apply for Residency Training License. The latter is given to a specialist who begins residency training in Kentucky. It enables the practice of medical work during the training program. Later, the applicants can use the permit to apply for a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) permit.
Note: You should be attentive to keep the documents up-to-date. Generally, the due date is June 30 of each year. A candidate must have completed one year of postgraduate studies along with the USMLE or COMLEX.
What about the Faculty License?
A Faculty License is for the medical workers who have started a faculty position at one of Kentucky’s teaching institutions but have not fulfilled all the requirements. The applicant can only work at the institution and related hospitals.
Finally, Fellowship Training License
Individuals who have been accepted for the Kentucky fellowship training program or have graduated from a medical school outside of the United States or Canada can apply for a Fellowship Training License (FT). They must be qualified in the specialty of their fellowship in their home country, as well as in good standing in the nation where they generally practice.
You can only renew your permit during the program period. That is you cannot use it to obtain a DEA. Before applying, please check with your program to see which type (regular or fellowship) you’ll need for your fellowship.
To sum up…
The licensure is a process you must pass step by step. Each step has its own requirements and conditions. You need to take into account that there may be fees for each phase. We recommend also checking all your documents before applying so that you don’t waste your time changing and updating them.