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New Research Demonstrates the Cost-Effectiveness of NP Education

AUSTIN, TX (January 13, 2016) -- NPs perform many of the same services as physicians in the primary care setting, but the cost of educating them is much lower. A manuscript recently published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP) reported that the cost of NP tuition is approximately one-third of the cost of medical school tuition. 

With a less costly education, NPs have demonstrated that they can provide high-quality, comprehensive, patient-centered primary, acute and specialty health care services with equal outcomes to physicians. "Their educational preparation is just one more way that NPs are a cost-effective solution to the primary care workforce shortage," said AANP VP of Research, Education and Professional Practice, Diane Padden, PhD, CRNP, FAANP.

The full manuscript "Preparing the next generation of health care providers: A description and comparison of nurse practitioner and medical student tuition in 2015," was published in the free January issue of JAANP and can be accessed in the Wiley Online Library or by visiting and clicking on the free sample issue.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
 is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of more than 205,000 NPs, including more than 65,000 individual members and 200 organizations, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers.
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