All About NPs

NPs provide advanced primary, acute and specialty care for all types of patients. In every state, NPs assess patients, order and interpret tests, make diagnoses and provide treatment – including prescribing medications. NPs can be found in clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care centers, nursing homes and private practices nationwide. Millions of Americans choose NPs as their health care provider. As clinicians that blend clinical expertise with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, NPs bring a comprehensive perspective to health care.

A Healthy Alternative for Patients

NPs are on the front lines of care, treating patients – in sickness and in health. NPs emphasize healthy living through education, counseling and disease prevention. By treating the whole person instead of isolated health events, NPs work with patients to improve their overall health, delivering outstanding outcomes and patient satisfaction.

NPs Provide Advanced, Quality Care

NPs are qualified to deliver comprehensive, advanced care. NPs have at least six years of advanced academic and clinical training, including a master’s or doctoral degree. NPs pass rigorous national certification exams and meet state licensure requirements.

Beyond the Numbers

NPs add more than critical mass to our health care provider workforce – NPs provide a unique approach to care. From regular screenings and risk reduction to stress and sleep management, NPs tackle the many facets of prevention and comprehensive care to help patients live healthier lives.

Number of NPs: 290,000

Patient Satisfaction: 98%

Total States Where NPs can Prescribe Medication: 50



NPs have been providing quality health care for more than half a century. Studies show that NPs improve patient outcomes, help lower heath care costs and partner with patients to improve their health.

NPs can be found in communities of every size. In fact, the number of NPs in rural and underserved communities is among the highest of primary care health care provider. To locate an NP in your area, go to NPFinder.Com or contact your insurance provider to locate an NP in your insurance network.

NPs provide a full range of primary, acute and specialty health care services, including:

  • Ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests such as lab work and x-rays
  • Diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, infections, and injuries.
  • Prescribing medications and other treatments.
  • Managing patients' overall care.
  • Advising and educating patients on disease prevention and healthy lifestyle choices.

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