American Academy of Physician Assistants

Demand for PAs and NPs Up by More Than 300 Percent

PA holding patient's chinJuly 14, 2014

Demand for physician assistants and nurse practitioners rose by more than 300 percent in the last three years, according to national healthcare search firm Merritt Hawkins.

Phillip Miller, vice president of communications for Merritt Hawkins, said the higher demand is due to the massive growth in outpatient care clinics and the fact that healthcare organizations are turning to PAs and NPs because of a lack of primary care physicians.

“It’s a move toward retail medicine, convenience care and larger health systems that are trying to manage big populations with limited financial resources,” Miller said in an interview with the Dallas Business Journal.

PAs and NPs were fifth on the list of Merritt Hawkins' most-requested recruiting assignments, though neither were in the top 20 three years ago.

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