NP Fast Facts
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. Let’s take a look at a few NP fast facts.
- There are more than 325,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) licensed in the U.S.
- More than 30,000 new NPs completed their academic programs in 2018–2019.
- 88.9% of NPs are certified in an area of primary care, and 70.2% of all NPs deliver primary care.
- 96.2% of NPs prescribe medications, and those in full-time practice write an average of 21 prescriptions per day.
- NPs hold prescriptive privileges, including controlled substances, in all 50 states and D.C.
- The majority of full-time NPs (59.4%) see three or more patients per hour.