Michigan Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2022

AKA: NP License in MI, APRN Licensure

Last Reviewed: October 1st, 2022

Nurse Practitioner Licensure Requirements in Michigan

Follow below to learn how to become a nurse practitioner (NP) in Michigan.

Initial Registered Nurse (RN) License

Already have your RN License?Skip to the next section

All APRNs are fundamentally nurses which is why they must hold a valid RN license to practice in Michigan before their application for an APRN license can be processed. There are two main routes of application which are RN by Examination and RN by Endorsement.

RN by Examination

This is the route of choice for those who have never been licensed in any state or territory in the US. They are expected to have completed an approved nursing program in Michigan.

The following are a list of the requirements for an RN license in Michigan:

  • The minimum academic qualification for a prospective RN is a bachelor’s degree.
  • Applicants are required to provide proof of their nursing education in form of transcripts sent from their awarding institutions. For those trained in Michigan, the nursing programs are mandated to submit original copies of their final transcripts to LARA.
  • The application process is completed online for a non-refundable fee of $208 and the license is valid for 2 years.
  • All applicants via this route are expected to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) which you can register for at PearsonVue for $200. Application for the exam should be done after your licensure application has been sent in as the board has to report to the test vendor regarding your eligibility for the examination.
  • Foreign-trained applicants must either have their credentials evaluated by CGFNS or take the CGFNS certification examination. The result of the evaluation or examination must be made available to the board.

RN by Endorsement

This is the application path for RNs licensed to practice in another state. These applicants are required to have completed a board-approved program or an equivalent and passed the NCLEX-RN examination in addition to fulfilling all other requirements for RN by examination in that state.

The following is a list of requirements for RN license by endorsement:

  • Applicants are required to verify their valid and unencumbered license which can be done using the Nursys platform for a fee of $30. If the board of nursing in your state of licensure does not report to Nursys, you will have to contact them concerning the procedure and fees for licensure verification.
  • If you did not complete a board-approved nursing program located in the US or Canada, you must take the CGFNS certification program. You are only exempt from this if you have passed the NCLEX-RN and have practiced actively in the US for the 5 years immediately preceding your date of application.
  • The application process is completed online for $208.

Following the receipt of your application, you will receive a confirmation message including instructions to complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check (CBC). This is routine practice for initial licensure. No license will be issued without a CBC report and a valid social security number (SSN) / SSN affidavit.

Beginning from January 6th, 2022, no license will be issued without the completion of a course on the identification of victims of human trafficking. All applicants are also required to be of good standing which is why you must provide honest answers to questions on character and supporting documents for any sanction, punishments, or past convictions.

Advanced Education Requirement

Nurse Practitioners are expected to have advanced nursing education (master’s or higher) via a program that trains them to serve a particular population focus.

Your chosen program should be approved by agencies recognized by the USDE such as National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Here you can find all schools offering nurse practitioner degree programs in Michigan.

Ideally, your program should include coursework and clinical components. The coursework must cover advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, advanced health assessment, and primary care management. The clinical component must include at least 500 hours of supervised clinical experience.

National Certification

Certification is the process of verifying the quality of your advanced practice education. Hence, if you possess national certification in a given specialty area of practice as an NP, you can be considered for an APRN license. This is done by national certifying agencies and the process is usually examination-based. Therefore, prospective NPs must pass these exams satisfactorily to be certified.

There are different certifying bodies for different specialty areas and population foci which is why you should contact the agency that certifies professionals in your preferred area for their requirements and certification procedure. Some of the approved national certifying agencies for NPs in Michigan are:

  • National Certification Corporation (NCC)
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB)
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC)

Getting Licensed to Practice as a Nurse Practitioner in Michigan

LARA receives applications from prospective NPs for an APRN license to practice in Michigan all year long. The application process is completed online for $40.55 or $55.45.

All applicants must provide proof of having completed an advanced practice program that awards at least a master’s degree. You must request that an original copy of your transcript be sent from your program to the board in a sealed envelope.

Prospective NPs are expected to hold a valid and unencumbered RN license to practice in Michigan. Proof of such a license is required and can be obtained using the Nursys platform. If your board does not report to Nursys, you must contact them regarding the procedure for licensure verification.

If you were initially licensed as an RN in another state, you must verify such license also. LARA also requires proof of valid certification by an approved national certifying agency in a given specialty area for a population focus. You can request for such proof to be sent from your certifying agency to the board. You might also be required to do a CBC.