Statistics about Massachusetts nursing licensees

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing maintains records of licensed nurses.

These lists are a compilation of the data available from a variety of records at the Division of Health Professions Licensure (DHPL).

Note that the total number of active nurse licensees reflects the Board Count by Status Code per records maintained by DHPL-Accounting Department. Data listed for FY 95 reflect the number of active nurse licensees in current, renewing and deceased license codes, no separate coding existed for deceased license codes. For FY 96 onward, numbers only include active nurse licensees with current and renewing license codes. The total Registered Nurse (RN) number listed is inclusive of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN).

The number of graduates listed is a compilation of reported numbers of graduates as they appear in the Approved Nursing Education Programs Annual Report submitted to the Board. Approved Nursing Programs prepare and qualify entry-level nursing graduates who can write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN).

Active RN (including APRN) and LPN licensees

FY

Combined
Total Number
of Licensees

RN Licensees

LPN Licensees

1995 127,296 103,598 23,698
1996 127,033 102,811 24,222
1997 127,884 105,170 22,714
1998 125,166 102,531 22,635
1999 126,743 104,563 22,180
2000 127,239 104,796 22,443
2001 129,352 107,395 21,957
2002 129,819 107,830 21,989
2003 122,602 102,816 19,786
2004 121,810 102,019 19,791
2005 122,953 103,222 19,731
2006 130,283 109,803 20,480
2007 132,841 112,499 20,342
2008 131,792 110,866 20,426
2009 133,544 112,421 21,123
2010 134,885 113,592 21,293
2011 137,678 116,482 21,196
2012 139,688 118,330 21,358
2013 142,555 121,469 21,086
2014 143,638 122,452 21,186
2015* 146,714 125,593 21,121
2016* 147,672 126,466 21,206
2017 149,864 128,937 20,927
2018 151,076 130,048 21,028

*data corrected7-24-2018

Active Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) licensees

FY

APRN
Licensees

CNP

CNM

CRNA

PCNS

CNS

1999

5,865

3,798

384

798

885

 

2000

6,328

4,165

408

834

921

 

2001

6,788

4,510

439

860

979

 

2002

7,058

4,729

459

885

985

 

2003

7,051

4,791

437

856

967

 

2004

7,215

4,950

429

871

965

 

2005

7,753

5,329

475

947

1002

 

2006

7,902

5,527

439

958

978

 

2007

8,117

5,713

453

973

978

 

2008

8,084

5,673

450

995

966

 

2009

8,460

5,972

459

1,056

973

 

2010

8,736

6,200

466

1,102

968

 

2011

9,111

6,556

467

1,147

941

 

2012

9,456

6,883

478

1,183

912

 

2013

10,000

7,367

485

1,246

902

 

2014

10,352

7,752

480

1,252

868

 

2015

11,221

8,243

489

1,271

830

35

2016

11,124

8,567

479

1,264

766

48

2017

11,609

9,077

476

1,282

719

55

2018

12,112

9,601

504

1,277

663

67

Entry-level RN and LPN graduates

Massachusetts Board Approved Pre-Licensure Programs

FY

Combined
Total Number
of Graduates

RN Graduates

PN Graduates

1995

3,179

2,408

771

1996

3,595

2,821

774

1997

3,424

2,695

729

1998

3,071

2,371

700

1999

2,730

2,089

641

2000

2,572

1,974

598

2001

2,274

1,773

501

2002

2,374

1,897

602

2003

2,319

1,751

626

2004

2,639

2,301

753

2005

3,138

2,349

789

2006

3,637

 2,758

879

2007

3,808

3,001

807

2008

4,012

3,160

852

2009

3,998

 3,240

758

2010

4,161

3,341

820

2011

4,513

3,640

873

2012

4,417

3,505

912

2013

4,574

3,670

904

2014

4,679

3,771

908

2015

4,732

3,790

942

2016

4,888

4,045

843

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