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Health Care Workforce Reports

A strong health care workforce is one of the essential components of a stable health services delivery system.  It is important that policy makers, researchers, and legislators have objective information describing the demographic, educational, employment, and other characteristics of nurses, physicians, physician assistants, dentists, and dental hygienists working in Pennsylvania.

Since 2002, the Department of Health, with the assistance of the Department of State, has been surveying nurses, physicians, physician assistants, dentists, and dental hygienists during the license renewal process.  Pre-licensure nursing education programs submit annual reports to the Department of State with information about their program, faculty, student enrollment, and graduation. 

The reports below present information on the health care workforce and nursing education programs in Pennsylvania.

MOST Current Health Care Workforce Reports:

2015 Pulse of Pennsylvania's Dentist and Dental Hygienist Workforce Report (PDF) - Vol. 7, March 2018
2014 Pulse of Pennsylvania's Physician and Physician Assistant Workforce.pdf (PDF) - Vol. 6, August 2017
2014 Nursing Education Report (PDF) - Vol. 13, March 2017
2014 Pulse of Pennsylvania's Licensed Practical Nurse Workforce Report (PDF) - Vol. 6, January 2016

Health Care Workforce Reports BY TYPE:

Licensed Practical Nurse Workforce Reports

2014 Pulse of Pennsylvania's Licensed Practical Nurse Workforce Report (PDF) - Vol. 6, January 2016

Registered Nurse Reports

2012-2013 Pulse of Pennsylvania's Registered Nurse Workforce Report (PDF) - Vol. 6, March 2015

Nursing Education Program Reports

2014 Nursing Education Report (PDF) - Vol. 13, March 2017
2013 Pennsylvania Nursing Education Program Report (PDF) - Vol. 12, September 2015

Physician and Physician Assistant Reports

2014 Pulse of Pennsylvania's Physician and Physician Assistant Workforce (PDF) - Vol. 6, August 2017

Dental and Dental Hygienist Reports

2013 Pulse of Pennsylvania's Dentist and Dental Hygienist Workforce Report (PDF) - Vol. 6, September 2014

Older reports can be found in the E-Library.