Michigan Nurse Practitioner Licensure Steps - 2022
AKA: NP License in MI, APRN Licensure
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Follow below to learn how to become a nurse practitioner (NP) in Michigan.
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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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.