Nurse Practitioners by the Numbers
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.