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Registered Nurse Certification in Michigan

Registered nurse certification in Michigan not only offers job satisfaction and boost up the income, but also helps improve self-confidence and enhance better job opportunities for future. The certification is issued by the Michigan Board of Nursing, which intends to provide the latest information on a varied number of topics related to the nursing practice.

Requirements for Obtaining RN Certification in Michigan

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1. Examination

The requirements to obtain registered nurse license by examination in the state of Michigan are:

  • Complete application for licensure.
  • Complete criminal background check (CBC) and submit proof of fingerprint processing from a certified organization. You must contact the organization within 7-10 days after submission of licensure application.
  • Provide U.S. social security number.
  • Submit appropriate application fees of $54 via money order or check made payable to the “STATE OF MICHIGAN”.
  • Applicants educated in United States:
    • If you have completed your graduation from Michigan, request your nursing school to send Michigan Nursing School Certification Form to the Board office. Out-of-state nursing graduates must request their respective nursing schools to submit official transcripts including the graduation date and degree earned directly to the Michigan Board of Nursing.
    • Provide certification and/or verification of your licensure status which must be sent directly to the Michigan Board of Nursing from any U.S. province or state where you presently hold or have ever held a permanent licensure.
    • If you are currently licensed in a U.S. state that participates in the Nursys verification system, then you must register with Nursys using any of the following methods for verification of your license(s):

2. Endorsement

Applicants who are already licensed as a registered nurse in another U.S. state or territory may apply for an RN certification, in the state of Michigan by endorsement. In addition to the requirements mentioned in point numbers I to IV of examination requirements, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Currently hold an RN licensure in another state. The licensure must have been obtained by giving the NCLEX-RN or SBTPE exam in another state.
  • Submit certification or/and verification of your licensure which must be sent directly from any U.S. province or state where you presently hold or have ever held a permanent licensure to the Board office.
    If your state of licensure participates in the Nursys website, you may verify your certificate using www.nursys.com


Requirements for Foreign Educated Applicants

  • All applicants educated outside the United States or in Canada who have not taken the NCLEX-RN in another state, or who have not been licensed as an RN in another state for a minimum of 5 years are required to:
    • Possess a professional report that needs to be completed by the CES (Credentials Evaluation Service) of the CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools). If you were not educated in English language, then you must also send a CGFNS Language Report on English Proficiency to the Board. You must request the CGFNS to send the CES report directly to the Michigan Board office.
      Contact CGFNS Credentials Evaluation Service to obtain the English Proficiency and CES report at the following address:Credentials Evaluation Service
      CGFNS/ICHP
      3600 Market Street, Suite 400
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania- 19104-2651
      Telephone: 215/349-8767
      Web site: http://www.cgfns.org
      OR
    • Get certified by the CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools). You must request the CGFNS to forward the verification of your certification program directly to the Board office.
  • If you have graduated from a nursing program located outside the U.S. and have passed the licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) and continued to maintain an active RN license without any disciplinary sanctions, for a minimum of five years prior to the application, then, you are not required to acquire a CGFNS certification or credentials evaluation. You must apply by endorsement to obtain licensure in the state.
    In addition to the above mentioned pre-requisites stated for foreign educated applicants, Canadian graduates who were educated in English language are required to provide the following documents to the Michigan Board of Nursing:

    • Official transcripts of successful completion of your nursing education program which must be sent directly from the school to the Board office.
    • Verification of your current Canadian license which must be sent directly from the Canadian licensing agency to the Board office.

Procedure to Obtain RN License in MI

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1. Examination

The procedure to obtain registered nurse certification in Michigan is:

Step 1: Complete the licensure application using any one of the following ways:

Step 2: Go through the instructions mentioned in the application packet.

Step 3: Register yourself with the testing group, Pearson VUE, before or directly after submitting the licensure application, in order to be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. To complete the registration process, you may use any one of the following methods:

  • Online
    www.pearsonvue.com/nclex
    Click on “Register” option after opening the above link. The registration fee of $200 can be paid via Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.
    OR
  • Paper Application
    You may ask the Board office to mail you a NCLEX registration form. After finishing the necessary details of the form and including a suitable fee of $200.0 in the form of a money order or cashier’s check (made payable to the NCSBN), mail it to the following address:NCLEX Operations
    Post Office Box 64950,
    St. Paul, Minnesota- 55164-0950

Step 4: Once all your required papers are accepted, the Board will update the Pearson VUE, making you eligible to give the certification exam.

Step 5: Pearson VUE will send you an Authorization to Test (ATT) on the address or via email submitted by you while completing the registration process.

Step 6: As soon as you receive the ATT, get in touch with the Pearson VUE, and consequently, schedule and take the licensure test.

Step 7: The results of the exam will be received by you within 4 weeks (approximately) after appearing for the test.

Step 8: Upon final approval, a license will be issued by the Board so that you may start nursing practice in the state.

2. Endorsement

All candidates applying for RN certification by endorsement are required to follow the below procedure:

Verification of RN License

To verify your Michigan license, you may use any of the below given online methods:

  • Nursys website
    www.nursys.com
  • Via Michigan state’s official website
    http://w3.lara.state.mi.us/free/
    You may use the above link to search license:

    • For a Person
      Enter the following information to complete the search:

      • Last Name
      • First Name
      • Profession
      • License Type
      • License Number
    • For a Business
      Provide these details:

      • Name
      • D.B.A
      • Profession
      • License Number

Renewal of RN License

All RN licenses in the state are renewed every two years by March 31. In Michigan, all applicants are required to complete 25 contact hours of continuing education approved by the board, with at least 1 hour in pain and symptom management during the 2 years of specified renewal period.

Click on the following link to renew your RN license:
https://mylicense.mdch.state.mi.us/MyLicenseEnterprise/Login.aspx

Application Status Lookup

You may use the following link to check the status of your application:
http://www2.dleg.state.mi.us/appstatus/

Re-licensure Application

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All applicants who are applying for re-licensure in the state are required to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Provide U.S. social security number.
  • Complete re-licensure application and submit RN re-licensure fee of $74.
  • Complete criminal background check (CBC) and submit proof of fingerprint processing from a certified organization.
  • If your RN license has been expired during the past 3 years, then submit the following documents:
    • Evidence of completion of 25 contact hours of CE requirements during the time period of 2 years immediately prior to application date for re-licensure.
    • Verification or/and certification of the status of your license which must be sent directly from any U.S. state or province, where you hold an RN license or have ever held a permanent license, to the Board office.
      You may use www.nursys.com to verify your license, in case your state of licensure participates on the Nursys website.
      Note- You need to submit the same documents as mentioned above, in case,
      your RN license has been expired for more than 3 years and you hold a permanent and current RN license, in one or more states of the U.S.
  • If your RN license has been expired for more than 3 years and you do not hold a permanent and current RN license in one or more states, then:
    • Take the licensure exam, NCLEX-RN. Upon submission of your re-licensure application and all the required supporting documents, the Board will notify the testing agency, Pearson Professional Testing (PPT), making you eligible to take the exam. PPT will send you the required instructions to sit for the exam.
    • Verification or/and certification of the status of your license which must be sent directly from any U.S. state or province, where you hold an RN license or have ever held a permanent license, to the Board office.
      In case your state of licensure participates on the Nursys website, you may use www.nursys.com to verify your license.
    • In case, you need any special accommodation because of a disability, you are required to provide a written letter indicating your disability and the type of accommodation you want. You must also provide a letter from certified health care provider indicating the diagnosis details and enclose all the supporting test evaluations and/or findings. In addition to these documents, you must provide all documents from your nursing school which indicates the accommodation you had taken previously during your education period.Submit these documents to the following mailing address:Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
      Bureau of Health Care Services
      Michigan Board of Nursing
      ATTN: ADA Request
      PO Box 30670, Lansing, Michigan- 48909
      Download the re-licensure application packet using the following link:
      https://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/Nursing_Relicensure_app_437616_7.pdf

Duplicate License

In case of lost, stolen, data change, or destroyed licenses, you may request for a duplicate license by downloading the form using the following link:
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/cis_fhs_bhser_datachangeform_hld_003_59253_7.pdf


 

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