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APRN Quick Facts


There are more than 248,000 Nurse Practitioners (NPs) licensed in the U.S.

6,900 +

In December of 2018, the Kentucky Board of Nursing showed 6,937 licensed Nurse Practitioners in Kentucky.


The percentage of NPs who have graduate degrees in the U.S.

50 miles

Most Nurse Practitioners are in practice and serve populations within 50 miles of their home of origin.

120 and 87

In Kentucky, NPs practice in all 120 counties and in 87 Health Provider Shortage Areas (HPSAs).

3 or more

The majority of NPs in the U.S. see three or more patients per hour.

400 +

In Kentucky, there are over 250 Nurse Practitioners who are presently certified to provide Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Use Disorder.


NPs practice in urban and rural cities of every size

Nurse Practitioners have been providing quality health care for more than half a century. They are known for providing same day access to care and for earning high scores in patient satisfaction.

Studies show that NPs improve patient outcomes, help lower health care costs and effectively partner with patients to improvetheir health.

The role of Nurse Practitioners is more important than ever as one in five Americans will be over the age of 65 by the year 2030. Of those, sixty percent will need treatment for at least one chronic condition.

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