Membership Benefits and FAQs

MPA Membership Benefits

Join your fellow pharmacy professionals in advancing your personal practice and profession in the state of Michigan. By belonging to THE state pharmacy professional association, you will receive a multitude of benefits that will increase your effectiveness in your practice as a pharmacy professional.

MPA is YOUR Association, so make the most of your membership!

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Information

As an MPA member, we keep you informed.

    • Free subscription to MPA E-news, a bi-weekly electronic newsletter
    • Free subscription to Michigan Pharmacist journal, published four times a year (January, April, July, October)
    • Free subscription to practice section newsletters such as The Consultant, Community Connection, Tech Connect or MSHP Monitor
    • Pharmacy news update e-mails and alerts
    • Discounts on MPA publications such as Michigan Pharmacy Law: A Guide to the Statutes and Regulations and Pharmacy Certified Technician (PCT) Training Manual

Professional Practice

Take advantage of the practice-related tools and resources MPA can provide you with as a member.

    • Free consultation with MPA staff on issues related to Board of Pharmacy actions, licensing, third-party payers, professional practice issues, legislation and employer/employee relations. 
    • Continuing education offerings: home study, certificate, online and live programs to help fulfill live, pain management and law requirements for pharmacist licensure and pharmacy technician certification.
    • Access to ‘members-only’ sections of the MPA Web site, providing you with information on frequently asked practice questions, Medicare information and practice guidance.
    • Discover employment opportunities and important pharmacy announcements.
    • An accredited online CPR certification program at a discount!  Click here for more details on the partnership between MPA, PSI and ProCPR and how you can complete the blended course that includes an online test and skills demonstration.

Advocacy and Networking

MPA and Michigan Pharmacy PAC work for you on legislative issues facing pharmacists in Michigan.

Professional Discounts

MPA membership grants you discounts on many products and services.

    • Up to a 50 percent discount on registration fees for MPA programs, including the Annual Convention & Exposition at the end of February
    • Free or discounted patient education materials
    • Group rates on auto and homeowners insurance and business services from PSI Insurance Agency
    • Special rates on disability, life and professional liability insurance
    • Discounts on rentals through Avis Rent-a-Car and products from Lexi-Comp Online.
        • For Avis, use corporate number AWDU305801.
        • For Lexi-Comp, members save 10 percent on ALL Lexi-Comp ON-HAND software. Enter code MBUG8 at checkout.
    • Centennial Group financial planning opportunities
    • CommonBond for Student Lending Refinance
      • MPA is working with CommonBond, a leader in student lending, to help you save money on student loans. If you refinance through CommonBond.co/mpa, CommonBond will provide members with a $200 cash bonus for being a part of the MPA network. If you have questions, email care@commonbond.co or call (800) 975-7812. Learn more here

Personal Discounts

As a member, take advantage of the following personal discounts.

  • MPA is offering members a discount on select Sprint monthly service. Click here to access a flyer with complete information.
  • MPA has partnered with HotelStorm and launched a members-only hotel booking website. This benefit offers discounts of 10-55 percent on thousands of hotels all over the world all because you're an MPA member. 
    • Click here to access the MPA HotelStorm website, and use password MEMBERPERK to access great discounts.
  • MPA members can apply for a JoS. A. Bank Corporate Card to receive a 20% on all regularly priced merchandise
    • Either visit a JoS. A. Bank store, call (800) 285-2265 or email corporatecard@jos-a-bank.com, and mention Michigan Pharmacists Association, Corporate Company number 546193 when applying. 

MPA Membership: Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some membership questions that MPA encounters on a regular basis. If you don't see your question below, or if you have any follow-up questions, please feel free to contact Mike Wolf, MPA director of membership, at Mike@MichiganPharmacists.org, or complete our online contact form.

How do I join MPA?

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Lansing, MI 48933

How do I renew my MPA membership?

All MPA Membership updates can be made on the Join MPA page at www.MichiganPharmacists.org/Join.  Call the MPA office at (517) 484-1466 if you need your online login credentials, or to renew over the phone.

What are the benefits of membership?

    • Advocacy and Networking
      MPA and Michigan Pharmacy PAC work for you on legislative issues facing pharmacists in Michigan. Gain access to MPA’s governmental affairs department and connections with legislators. Build relationships with other pharmacy professionals at networking events and local association meetings. In addition, join the Pharmacy Advocacy Response Team to volunteer and engage in educational opportunities, respond when needed to pharmacy issues and more!

    • Information
      As an MPA member, we keep you informed with subscriptions to MPA communications such as MPA E-news, Michigan Pharmacist journal, practice section newsletters and e-mail alerts.

    • Professional Practice
      Take advantage of the practice-related tools and resources that MPA offers such as consultations with MPA staff on pharmacy-related issues, continuing education offerings and access to ‘members only’ portions of the Web site.

    • Professional Discounts
      MPA membership grants you discounts on many products and services. Enjoy discounts of up to 50 percent on registration fees for MPA programs, free or discounted patient education materials, discounts on publications such as the Michigan Pharmacy Law book and special rates on insurance. Other discounts are listed below.

        • ProCPR
          Complete an accredited online CPR certification program at a discounted price! This blended course that includes an online test and skills evaluation is available at a 25 percent discount for members. Click on the link provided for complete details.

        • Avis Rent-a-Car
          With special discounts and the highest levels of service, take advantage of MPA’s partnership with Avis! Use Avis corporate number AWDU305801, then shop for the lowest rate available and receive an instant confirmation for online reservations via e-mail.

        • Learn Something Inc.
          Special rates on online continuing education courses apply for members when you enter a special association code at registration. To obtain your code, contact Mary Farrington, MPA director of continuing education, at Mary@MichiganPharmacists.org. Please note that these courses are provided by LearnSomething.com, not MPA. Any questions or problems should be directed to (877) 399-4925.

        • Lexi-Comp
          Lexi-COMPLETE™, Lexi-Comp’s premier software package contains 22 databases, including Lexi-Drugs®, rated as the most comprehensive drug resource and prescribing tool in independent reviews, and Lexi-Interact™, the highly-regarded interactions program. Lexi-COMPLETE will be installed onto your device free of charge! Save 10 percent on all Lexi-Comp on-hand software.  Visit www.Lexi.com and enter the code ‘MBUG8’ at checkout.

        • PSI Insurance Agency 
          PSI Insurance Agency is an affiliated organization of MPA that is committed to the daily challenges of helping customers protect their assets. Take advantage of group discounts on your home, auto, life and umbrella policies written through PSI Insurance Agency. You may qualify for other discounts as well. For quotes, e-mail the Agency or call (800) 678-2774, ext. 228 or 250. PSI Agency staff is available to answer all your questions.

        • Common Bond Student Loan Refinancing 
          MPA is working with CommonBond, a leader in student lending, to help you save money on student loans. If you refinance through CommonBond.co/mpa, CommonBond will provide members with a $200 cash bonus for being a part of the MPA network. If you have questions, email care@commonbond.co or call (800) 975-7812. Learn more here.

        • S&H Uniforms
          Since 1969, S&H Uniforms has sold the finest uniforms at the lowest possible prices. Mention your MPA membership when placing an order and receive a 15 percent discount (excluding embroidery and screen printing). S&H will ship all stock items within 24 hours. Contact S&H and request a free catalog at (800) 210-5295 or by e-mail to be put on their mailing list.

Are there different membership categories, and how much are dues?

See membership categories and dues amounts for 2018 below.

 Membership Category  Description  Annual Dues Monthly Dues Quarterly Dues 
Active Pharmacist A pharmacist who is active in practice $304 $26  $78
Pharmacist Joint with Spouse A pharmacist whose spouse is an active, fully paid member $154 $13 $39
Limited Practice A pharmacist who practices less than 20 hours per week $154 $13  $39
Retiree  A pharmacist who has retired and no longer practices $154 $13  $39
Academia A pharmacist who is a full-time faculty member, as outlined by the college of pharmacy $154 $13  $39
Out-of-State Pharmacist A pharmacist who lives out of state and wishes to receive MPA publications and continuing education credits $154 $13  $39
New Practitioner A pharmacist who graduated from a school or college of pharmacy within the last five years. This membership category is exclusive to prior Student MPA members, and is only valid for the first two years of membership after graduation $100 $9  $26
Student Pharmacist A student pursuing a pharmacy degree; valid for one year $15 Not Available Not Available
Student Pharmacist - Career A student pursing a pharmacy degree; valid for four years through completion of pharmacy school $30 Not Available Not Available
 CareerConnect  A pharmacist or student participating in the CareerConnect membership combo program  $179 Not Available   Not Available
Associate A nonpharmacist who wishes to join MPA (includes pharmaceutical representatives) $94 $8 $25
Pharmacy Technician A person who practices as a pharmacy technician; certification not required $70 $6 $18
Pharmacy Technician Student A person who is enrolled in school to receive training to become a pharmacy technician $10 Not Available Not Available
Pharmacy Technician with FREE HOME-STUDY CE  A pharmacy technician who can access up to 10 credits per year of FREE CE home study courses.  Events/Live CE not included.  $81  $7  $22

What is the MPA membership cycle?

The membership cycle runs on a calendar year, Jan. 1 thru Dec. 31. Student pharmacist and pharmacy technician student membership cycles run Sept. 1 thru Aug. 31 in conjunction with the school year.

How do I update my member profile?

Log onto the MPA Web site by clicking on "User Login" in the upper right-hand corner. Then, click on "Profile" directly to the left of "User Login." Or, contact the MPA office at (517) 484-1466.

What are local associations and practice sections?

MPA members are enrolled in a local association as part of their membership to build relationships with those in certain areas of the state. You must be an active member of MPA to belong to a local association.

As part of membership, MPA also provides its members with connections to other pharmacy professionals in their area of practice through practice sections and affiliated chapters. A practice affiliation can be chosen when signing up for membership, which will allow you to receive targeted information and networking opportunities. Practice sections include community, health-system and consultant pharmacy. Affiliated chapters include pharmacy technician and student pharmacist.

How do I contact MPA?