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The Michigan Board of Nursing (517-335-0918 or bhpinfo@michigan.gov) certifies qualified registered nurses to work within nursing specialties in the state. These specialists are commonly known as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).

The Board recognizes three nurse specialty certifications: Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, and Nurse Practitioner (the Board accepts Clinical Nurse Specialist certification for Nurse Practitioners).

Before applying for nurse specialty certification in Michigan, you must hold a Michigan RN license.

Michigan Job Statistics

  • 2015 mean salary for NPs in MI: $94,560
  • 2013 NCLEX-RN pass rate for Michigan: 86.2%
  • 52% of all RNs in Michigan work in an inpatient hospital setting as of 2015
  • 4% of all RNs in Michigan work as active APRNs, with 57% of APRNs providing direct patient care as of 2015
  • 7% of Michigan’s APRNs work more than 35 hours a week as of 2015

If you wish to seek nurse specialty certification in Michigan, read on.


Step 1. Get Your Graduate Degree

Prior to receiving nurse specialty certification, you must obtain at least a master’s degree in nursing with a concentration in advanced practice nursing or a certificate in advanced practice nursing.

Qualified Graduate Programs

The Michigan Board of Nursing places responsibility for ensuring you have the proper advanced practice education on the national certifying organization that offers certification in your specialty role. It is, therefore, not necessary to send transcripts to the Board, as the onus for making sure that you have completed the necessary advanced nursing education is placed upon your national certification agency.

  • Nurse Practitioner: your graduate nursing program must be accredited by one of the national accreditation agencies for nurse education schools recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, such as the National League for Nursing Accrediting commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This will ensure that the program meets the standards of one of the following national certification organizations that are recognized by the Michigan Board of Nursing: American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Pediatric Nurse Certification Board (PNCB), National Certification Corporation (NCC), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), or the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC).

Course Requirements

  • Nurse Anesthetist: coursework will include topics such as:
    • Anesthesia physiology and pathophysiology
    • Chemistry and physics of anesthesia
    • Health assessment for nurse anesthesia
    • Perioperative technology
    • Pharmacology for anesthesia practice
    • Practicum/clinical experience (most programs require at least 500 hours of supervised clinical experience)
  • Nurse Midwife: coursework will include topics such as:
    • Advanced health assessment
    • Health promotion and risk reduction
    • Advanced pathophysiology
    • Antepartum care of normal women
    • Intrapartum, postpartum and newborn care
    • High-risk perinatal nursing
    • Advanced pharmacotherapeutics
    • Well women/GYN care
    • Practicum/clinical experience (most programs require at least 500 hours of supervised clinical experience)
  • Nurse Practitioner: coursework will be based upon your population specialization (i.e., pediatric, family, geriatric) but will usually include topics such as:
    • Statistics
    • Advanced pathophysiology
    • Advanced health assessment
    • Advanced pharmacology
    • Primary care management
    • Practicum/clinical experience (most programs require at least 500 hours of supervised clinical experience within your specialty area)


Step 2. Earn Your National Certification

The Michigan Board of Nursing certifies three titles of APRN nurse specialists. However, they will only do so after you have met the qualifications of the national certification board applicable to your nursing specialty. Each national certification agency maintains its own educational, experience and examination requirements. In order to maintain Michigan certification as an APRN, you must maintain your national certification through fulfilling the continuing education requirements of your national organization.

The Michigan Board of Nursing certifies the following APRN titles:

  • Nurse practitioner (NP)
  • Nurse midwife (NM)
  • Nurse anesthetist (NA)

Certification Programs

These national certification agencies are approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing to set standards for the respective APRN generalist and specialty roles:

You must obtain national certification in order to obtain Michigan certification as an APRN. Make sure to contact the appropriate agency for information on this process before continuing with Michigan’s nurse specialty certification process.


Step 3. Apply for your Certificate

You must provide your US social security number on your application for nurse specialty certification, under both Michigan and federal law. Failure to do so will delay processing your application. Contact the Michigan Board of Nursing at 517-335-0918 for further information.

Your national certification organization, rather than the Michigan Board of Nursing, is responsible for making sure that you have completed the necessary advanced practice nursing education. Therefore, it is not necessary to send any transcripts to the Board, as it is assumed by the Board that your national certification agency has already thoroughly verified your education.

Regardless of the nurse specialty certification for which you are applying, you will use the Application for Nurse Specialty Certification and follow the instructions for your specific certification.

Nurse Practitioner:

If you are seeking certification as a Nurse Practitioner, complete Section 1 of the Nurse Practitioner Specialty Certification Form (found in application packet) and forward it to your national certification agency. This agency must provide the information requested and forward it directly to the Michigan Board of Nursing. (The only exception is if you hold certification from the National Certification Corporation (NCC), in which case you must simply provide your NCC ID number on the application and the Board will obtain verification of your certification). Addresses for NP national certification agencies approved by the Board are:

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center, P.O. Box 8785, Silver Spring, MD 20907-8785
  • Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, 125 Enterprise Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program, P.O. Box 12926, Austin, TX 78711
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, 800 South Frederick Ave, Suite 204, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4152

Complete the rest of the Application for Nurse Specialty Certification. You must also enclose the proper application fee (see below) via check or money order payable to the State of Michigan. Return these items to the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs, Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 30193, Lansing, MI 48909.

Nurse Midwife:

If you are seeking certification as a Nurse Midwife, complete Section 1 of the Nurse Midwife Specialty Certification form (found in application packet) and forward it to the American Midwifery Certification Board. They must complete the form and return it to the Michigan Board of Nursing to verify your national certification. Their address is American Midwifery Certification Board, 849 International Drive, Suite 205, Linthicum, MD 21090.

Complete the rest of the Application for Nurse Specialty Certification. Also enclose the proper application fee (see below) payable to the State of Michigan (check or money order only). Send these items to the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs, Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 30193, Lansing, MI 48909.

Nurse Anesthetist:

If you are seeking certification as a Nurse Anesthetist, complete Section 1 of the Nurse Anesthetist Specialty Certification form (found in application packet) and forward it to the National Board of Certification & Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. They will complete the form verifying your national certification status and return it to the Michigan Board of Nursing. Their address is NBCRNA, 222 S. Prospect Ave, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001.

Complete the rest of the Application for Nurse Specialty Certification and return it, along with the proper application fee (see below) payable to the State of Michigan (check or money order only), to the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs, Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 30193, Lansing, MI 48909.

Application Fee

The application fee that you will be charged when you submit your Application for Nurse Specialty Certification is based upon when your current Michigan RN license expires. If your RN license expires 13 to 24 months from the date you are filing your Application for Nurse Specialty Certification, enclose $52. If your RN license expires in 5 to 12 months, enclose $38. If your RN license expires in 0 to 4 months, enclose $52. Remember that all fees must be paid via check or money order only and be payable to the State of Michigan. (If your RN license expires within 120 days, pay the $52 fee and your current RN license will be renewed when your specialty certification is issued).

Application Processing Time

The Michigan Board of Nursing recommends that you allow six to eight weeks to process your application. If you have any questions about your application, wait at least three weeks before calling the Board.

Criminal History Background Check

When you apply for nurse specialty certification in Michigan, you do not need to undergo a criminal history background check. You should already have already submitted to one when you applied for your Michigan RN license. The Michigan Board of Nursing will have record of your original background check on file.

Collaborative Practice Agreement/Prescriptive Authority

The state of Michigan does not require APRNs to have a collaborative practice agreement with a physician on file in order to be able to practice. However, if in your APRN role you are requesting prescriptive authority, you must have a written authorization established with a supervising physician who practices within your specialty. This authorization must be kept on file at the physician’s practice and at your practice. It must contain the effective date, any limitations on your prescriptive authority that have been established, and must be reviewed by both parties and updated annually.

  • Controlled Substances:
    • Schedule 3 to 5 controlled substances are included within prescriptive authority for APRNs. If you wish to prescribe Schedule 2 controlled substances, this authority can only be granted if both you and your supervising physician are practicing in a hospital, outpatient surgical facility, or hospice.
    • If you are applying for prescriptive authority including controlled substances, you must obtain a DEA number from the Drug Enforcement Agency. Contact the regional Michigan DEA office at 800-230-6844.

Scope of Practice

The Michigan Board of Nursing has not developed a scope of practice for APRNs. However, you must abide by the following scopes of practice, as determined by Michigan law for registered nurses as well as by your national certification organization:

  • Nurse practitioner: Because a NP is a licensed RN in Michigan, there is not a separate written scope of practice for NPs in Michigan law. Anything beyond the RN scope of practice must be supervised by a physician (such as performing surgeries, invasive procedures, ordering physical therapy, and prescribing medications). The duties of a NP may include:
    • Treating common and chronic illnesses
    • Health maintenance
    • Disease prevention
    • Counseling and patient education
    • Providing primary care services
  • Nurse anesthetist: The role of a NA includes care for basic anesthesia needs of the patient before, during and after surgery or labor and delivery. Under Michigan’s scope of practice for NAs, (as there is no written scope of practice beyond that of a RN), all activities and/or medical functions must be performed under the supervision of a qualified physician.
  • Nurse midwife: Under the scope of practice of the American College of Nurse Midwives, NMs may manage women’s health care, pregnancies, childbirth, postpartum period, newborn care, and family-planning and gynecological care of women. This scope of practice is followed in Michigan as well.


Step 4. Renewing Your Certificate

Your APRN specialty certification expires every two years, on the same day as your Michigan RN license. Your Michigan RN license must be current and active before you can renew your specialty certification.

Continuing Education

The state of Michigan does not require APRNs to satisfy continuing education requirements, but does mandate that you keep your national certification active. Each national certification organization has its own continuing education requirements. Contact your certification agency for more information:

Recertification  

Regardless of your nursing specialty, you may use the Application for Recertification of a Nursing Specialty. You must complete Section 1 of the application and forward it to your national certification agency so that they can verify your certification status to the Board.

  • For nurse practitioners, send the verification form to one of the following agencies in which you hold national certification:
    • American Nurses Credentialing Center, P.O. Box 8785, Silver Spring, MD 20907-8785
    • Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, 125 Enterprise Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275
    • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program, P.O. Box 12926, Austin, TX 78711
    • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, 800 South Frederick Ave, Suite 204, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4152
  • For nurse anesthetists, send the verification form to NBCRNA, 222 S. Prospect Ave, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001.
  • For nurse midwives, send the verification form to American Midwifery Certification Board, 849 International Drive, Suite 205, Linthicum, MD 21090

Complete the rest of the application and mail it along with the appropriate renewal fee (see below) to Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs, Board of Nursing, P.O. Box 30193, Lansing, MI 48909.

Recertification Fee

Your recertification fee is based upon when your RN license expires. If it expires in 13 to 24 months from the time you are filing your recertification application, the fee is $72. If it expires in 5 to 12 months, the fee is $58. If it expires in 0 to 4 months, the fee is $72. Pay the application fee via check or money order only, payable to the State of Michigan.

Expired Certificate Renewal Application

If your APRN certificate has expired, you may still use the same renewal form. However, if your certificate has been expired for more than three years, you must re-submit fingerprints and undergo a criminal history background investigation. Contact the Board at 517-335-0918 for more information.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Associations in Michigan

You might consider joining one of the following organizations in Michigan that offer continuing education and professional support to APRNs:


Michigan Nurse Practitioner Salary

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners reported in their National NP Compensation Survey of 2011, that NPs practicing in the Great Lakes state of Michigan earned an average base salary of $88,140 and an average total income of $93,812. Nurse practitioners in Grand Rapids reported an average salary of $82,500 and NPs in the major city of Detroit earned an average salary of $89,161 in 2011, according to Advance for NPs & PAs, a peer reviewed monthly journal. This survey reported that NPs in Flint, Michigan earned the highest salaries in the state, which averaged $108,867 in 2011.

Registered Nurse Salary

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Battle Creek MI
1030
73660
Bay City MI
730
64980
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn MI Metropolitan Division
18160
68230
Detroit-Warren-Livonia MI
37600
67990
Flint MI
3780
64780
Grand Rapids-Wyoming MI
7550
60010
Holland-Grand Haven MI
1130
59770
Jackson MI
Estimate Not Released
54680
Kalamazoo-Portage MI
3290
62850
Lansing-East Lansing MI
3440
66370
Monroe MI
480
62980
Muskegon-Norton Shores MI
1780
59080
Niles-Benton Harbor MI
Estimate Not Released
60670
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North MI
3040
65930
South Bend-Mishawaka IN-MI
2780
55130
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills MI Metropolitan Division
19430
67770
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
2550
54920
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
1390
56390
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
2790
56200
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
5030
56740

Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners Salary

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Ann Arbor MI
130
80090
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn MI Metropolitan Division
410
77850
Detroit-Warren-Livonia MI
680
77810
Flint MI
not available
78900
Kalamazoo-Portage MI
70
75540
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills MI Metropolitan Division
260
77750
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
180
69220
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
130
139810

Nursing Instructors and Teachers Salary

Area name
Employment
Annual median wage
Ann Arbor MI
180
56580
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn MI Metropolitan Division
330
69550
Detroit-Warren-Livonia MI
480
71090
Grand Rapids-Wyoming MI
60
Estimate Not Released
Kalamazoo-Portage MI
90
67590
South Bend-Mishawaka IN-MI
150
50970
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills MI Metropolitan Division
150
72550
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
80
72180
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
50
89240

Nurse Administrator Salary
(Includes Nurse Managers, Directors, and Chief Nursing Officers)

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Ann Arbor MI
470
101140
Battle Creek MI
150
97340
Bay City MI
90
108770
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn MI Metropolitan Division
1980
98690
Detroit-Warren-Livonia MI
4230
92790
Flint MI
460
87130
Grand Rapids-Wyoming MI
930
87450
Holland-Grand Haven MI
150
75540
Jackson MI
190
73130
Kalamazoo-Portage MI
400
80820
Lansing-East Lansing MI
740
96850
Monroe MI
90
70210
Muskegon-Norton Shores MI
140
80600
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North MI
250
86110
South Bend-Mishawaka IN-MI
260
85560
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills MI Metropolitan Division
2250
87600
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
350
75400
Northeast Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
240
76070
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
330
78110
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area
800
79530

These tables provide salary and employment information compiled by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2011. The data contained herein does not include self-employed nurses in independent practice.

When responding to the salary survey, some advanced practice registered nurses identified themselves as RNs while others identified themselves as health diagnosing and treating practitioners. When available, both sets of data were included for comparative purposes.

* These figures represent earnings that are at or above $90.00 per hour or $187,199 per year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish earnings beyond $90.00 hourly or $187,199 yearly.

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