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 135,493 114,372 21,121
2016 137,388 115,342 22,046

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

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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