Nurse Practitioners by the Numbers

Nurse Practitioners Infographic

Nurse Practitioners have been providing primary, acute and specialty health care to patients of all ages and walks of life for nearly half a century. NPs assess patients, order and interpret diagnostic tests, make diagnoses and initiate and manage treatment plans—including prescribing medications.

Requirements for Practice

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
  • Registered Nurse License
  • Graduate Nursing Education
  • National Board Certification
  • State NP Licensure/Registration

Facts and Stats

  • Nurse practitioners have been in practice an average of 12 years.
  • There are more than 290,000 NPs licensed to practice in America today.
  • 89.7% of NPs are certified in an area of primary care and 69.0% of all NPs deliver primary care.

Source: AANP