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Michigan Medical License

Medicallicensing Team • 12 June 2023 (updated)
Michigan

License Requirements

  • Medical School Verification
  • All State Medical Licenses
  • All Internships/Residency/Fellowships
  • All State and National Exams
  • Fingerprint Cards

Training Requirements

  • Michigan Accepts FCVS
  • 3 attempts at each USMLE Step
  • 6 attempts total for COMLEX
  • 2 years, 1 year in AOA approved program Minimum Postgraduate Training Required
  • 7 years on USMLE and COMLEX (USMLE Step 3 within 4 years of the first attempt at Step 3 or 1 year of post-graduate training before making additional attempts at Step 3)

Michigan Medical License Application

In Michigan, physicians can apply for two types of licenses: a full license, which allows unrestricted medical practice, and a limited license, restricted to a specific training hospital or academic institution. The requirements for a full license include:

  • Graduating from an accredited medical school
  • Completing a minimum of one year of postgraduate training in an accredited program
  • Passing the USMLE Steps 1, 2 CK, and CS, or the COMLEX Levels 1, 2 CE, and 2 PE
  • Undergoing a criminal background check and fingerprinting
  • Completing a continuing education course on pain and symptom management.

For a limited license, you need to have graduated from an accredited medical school and be appointed to a postgraduate training program.

For RN licensing, graduation from an approved nursing education program, passing the NCLEX-RN and undergoing a criminal background check and fingerprinting are required. The BPL, which processes applications in the order received, suggests allowing 6 to 8 weeks for processing.

Michigan Physician Assistant License

For a physician assistant license, you must graduate from an accredited physician assistant program, pass the PANCE or an equivalent exam approved by the Task Force, submit a completed online application form with supporting documents and fees to the BPL, undergo a criminal background check and fingerprinting, and complete a one-time training on opioids and controlled substances awareness and human trafficking identification. If you’re dealing with controlled substances, you need a controlled substance license too.

Michigan Medical License Renewal

Doctors

Doctors in Michigan (MD, DO) need to renew their medical licenses every three years by the end of January. The fees involved are $308.25 for a full license and $29 for a limited one. Additionally, if you have a controlled substance license, it should be renewed every three years by the last day of December, which carries a fee of $243.30.

In order to successfully renew your license, you must fulfill these requirements:

  • Completion of 150 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) over the course of three years, which should include a minimum of 50 hours of Category 1 CME and at least an hour dedicated to pain and symptom management CME.
  • One-time training on awareness of opioids and controlled substances and a separate one-time training on human trafficking identification.

Physician assistant

Physician assistants in Michigan are required to renew their licenses every two years by October 31. The cost for renewal is $118.90 for a regular license and $37.80 for a temporary one. Similar to doctors, physician assistants with a controlled substance license should renew it every two years by December 31, with a fee of $162.20.

The requirements for renewing a physician assistant license are:

  • 100 hours of CME over the two-year period, which should include at least 50 hours of Category 1 CME and a minimum of an hour dedicated to pain and symptom management CME.
  • One-time training on awareness of opioids and controlled substances and a separate one-time training on human trafficking identification.

Nurses

Registered nurses (RNs) and practical nurses (PNs) in Michigan need to renew their licenses every two years, by either the end of March or April, depending on their birth month. The renewal fee is $60.90 for an RN license and $54.00 for a PN license. Nurses who have the authority to prescribe or dispense controlled substances also need to renew their controlled substance licenses every two years by December 31, which comes with a fee of $173.00.

Nurse license renewal requirements include:

  • Completion of at least 25 hours of CME over the two-year period, which must include at least one hour dedicated to pain and symptom management CME.
  • One-time training on awareness of opioids and controlled substances and a separate one-time training on human trafficking identification.

For all types of licenses, a criminal background check and fingerprinting are required if these have not been done since the start of 2015.

Michigan Telemedicine License

Individuals residing outside Michigan who are authorized to practice a health profession in their state can provide services in Michigan without a state-specific license if called in for consultation or treatment by a health professional in Michigan. The same applies to those who live adjacent to Michigan’s land border and practice a health profession in the adjoining state.

Michigan Medical License Lookup

If you want to lookup the license status of a physician, a physician assistant, or a nurse in Michigan, you can use the online verification system provided by the Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL). The system is called MiPLUS and it allows you to search for licensees by name, profession, license number, or location. You can also view the license details, such as expiration dates, disciplinary actions, and documents.

To access MiPLUS, you can visit also https://www.michigan.gov/lara/bureau-list/bpl/miplus-assistant and select “Verify a License or Registration” from the menu. You can then enter the search criteria and click on “Search”. You will see a list of matching results and you can click on the name of the licensee to view more information.

Alternatively, you can also call the BPL at 517-241-0199 or email them at [email protected] to request license verification. However, this may take longer than using the online system1.

Expedite Medical License

If you qualify, you could ask for a temporary license that lets you practice medicine in Michigan for up to six months while your full license application is being processed. To apply for a temporary license, use MiPLUS online.

Consider using a third-party service. They can help you prepare and submit applications, verify credentials, and follow up with the board on your behalf.

Medical Licensing Service

For healthcare professionals seeking a streamlined and stress-free approach to acquiring or renewing a medical license, MedicalLicensing.com is the answer. Our services, including initial applications, renewals, verifications, and expedited licensing, are tailored to suit your specific requirements.

Our expert team at MedicalLicensing.com has in-depth knowledge of individual state licensing processes, ensuring your application is filled out accurately and meets all deadlines. As we take care of the paperwork, you’re free to focus on your practice and patient care. Benefit from our promise of a quick and hassle-free licensing experience.

FAQ About Michigan Medical Licenure

  • How do I apply for a medical license in Michigan?
    Applying for a medical license in Michigan involves fulfilling the eligibility criteria, including graduation from accredited institutions, passing required exams, having a clean disciplinary and malpractice record, completing an online application form, and paying the application fee of $200. Additional credentials verification and a national criminal background check may be necessary.
  • How long does it take to get a medical license in Michigan?
    The BPL processes applications and aims to complete them within 60 days, but this may vary.
  • How much is a medical license in Michigan?
    The fee for a medical license varies by type: $200 for a full physician license, $100 for a physician educational or clinical academic limited license, and $200 for an acupuncturist license. These fees are non-refundable and subject to change.
  • How to expedite Michigan medical license?
    To expedite your medical license in Michigan, ensure you meet all eligibility criteria and have all necessary documents ready. Use the online tools provided by the Board of Medicine to apply for your license. You can also consider MedicalLicensing.com to manage your application process and liaise with the board on your behalf.
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