A 2011 CDC publication finds that the use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants is on the rise in outpatient medical clinics. The percentage of outpatient medical visits that were handled by a nurse practitioner or physician alone rose from 10% in 2000-2001 to 15% in 2008-2009. In general medicine clinics, 21% of patients were seen by a nurse practitioner or physician assistant alone.
This is good news for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Hospitals and clinics, especially those in rural areas are increasing the use of midlevel providers. This means more job opportunities for you as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant!