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There are more than 270,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) licensed in the U.S.1

  • More than 26,000 new NPs completed their academic programs in 2016-20172
  • 99.1% of NPs have graduate degrees3
  • 87.1% of NPs are certified in an area of primary care, and 72.6% of all NPs deliver primary care3
  • 82.9% of full-time NPs are accepting Medicare patients and 80.2% are accepting Medicaid patients3
  • 41.7% of full-time NPs hold hospital privileges; 11.7% have long term care privileges3
  • 95.7% of NPs prescribe medications, and those in full-time practice write an average of 20 prescriptions per day3
  • NPs hold prescriptive privileges, including controlled substances in all 50 states and D.C.
  • In 2018, the mean, full-time base salary for NPs was $105,9033
  • The majority of NPs (57.4%) see three or more patients per hour3
  • Malpractice rates remain low; only 1.1% have been named as primary defendant in a malpractice case3
  • NPs have been in practice an average of 10 years3
  • The average age of NPs is 49 years3

1 AANP National Nurse Practitioner Database, 2019
2 American Association of Colleges of Nursing. (2018) 2017-2018 Enrollment and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing. Washington DC: AACN.
3 2018 AANP National Nurse Practitioner Sample Survey

Distribution, Top Practice Setting and Clinical Focus Area by Area of NP Certification

Source: 2018 AANP National Nurse Practitioner Sample Survey

2019 Nurse Practitioner State Practice environment

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