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Did you know?

NP Fact Sheet

There are more than 290,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) licensed in the U.S.

  • More than 30,000 new NPs completed their academic programs in 2018–2019.

  • 89.7% of NPs are certified in an area of primary care, and 69.0% of all NPs deliver primary care.

  • 82.9% of full-time NPs are accepting Medicare patients and 80.2% are accepting Medicaid patients.

  • 41.7% of full-time NPs hold hospital privileges; 11.7% have long-term care privileges.

  • 95.7% of NPs prescribe medications, and those in full-time practice write an average of 20 prescriptions per day.

  • NPs hold prescriptive privileges, including controlled substances, in all 50 states and D.C.

  • In 2019, the median base salary for full-time NPs was $110,000.

  • The majority of NPs (57.4%) see three or more patients per hour.

  • Malpractice rates remain low; only 1.1% have been named as primary defendant in a malpractice case.

  • NPs have been in practice an average of 10 years.

  • The average age of NPs is 47 years.


American Association of Nurse Practitioners. (2020). NP Fact Sheet

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