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.

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  1. There are more than 325,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) licensed in the U.S.
  2. More than 30,000 new NPs completed their academic programs in 2018–2019.
  3. 88.9% of NPs are certified in an area of primary care, and 70.2% of all NPs deliver primary care.
  4. 96.2% of NPs prescribe medications, and those in full-time practice write an average of 21 prescriptions per day.
  5. NPs hold prescriptive privileges, including controlled substances, in all 50 states and D.C.
  6. The majority of full-time NPs (59.4%) see three or more patients per hour.


Source: AANP