Since 2000, Growth of North Carolina's Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PA) Has Outpaced That of Physicians.
- The total number of NPs and PAs in North Carolina is less than the number of physicians, but new NPs and PAs are entering NC’s workforce faster than physicians are.
- Between 2000 and 2017, the NP workforce grew most rapidly, increasing by 216% in non-rural counties and by 187% in rural counties.
- After 2014, the gap in workforce growth between non-rural and rural counties widened for both physicians and PAs.
- For more background and information, see this article in the North Carolina Medical Journal.