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Membership Benefits and FAQs

MPA Membership Benefits and Frequently Asked Questions

Join your fellow pharmacy professionals in advancing your personal practice and profession in the state of Michigan. By belonging to the only state pharmacy professional association, you will receive a multitude of benefits that will increase your effectiveness in your practice as a pharmacy professional. Please contact MPA with questions about membership benefits.

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

Join MPA online now!

Information

As an MPA member, we keep you informed.

  • Free subscription to MPA PRN, 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
  • 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 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

  • 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
    • For Avis, use corporate number AWDU305801.
  • 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 cbpartner.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.

  • PSI Insurance Agency and MPA are pleased to offer a member only service to help protect your identity. It’s called Sword and Shield Identity Theft Protection. At a discounted price of only $100 annually, this program will monitor thousands of databases to keep your identity safe. While no one can guarantee that your identity will not be stolen, you can rest more comfortably knowing you have the protection of Sword and Shield to help watch, warn and restore your identity with a $1,000,000 limit to protect you from financial hardships. Call Mike Wolf, MPA membership director at (517) 377- 0231 or Ron Devers agency manager, at (517) 377-0250 for more information.

  • 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 us by completeing our online contact form.

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

Note: Rates below are not prorated for the remainder of 2020, if you have questions about 2020 prorated rates, please click here for updated membership rates and forms.

 Membership Category  Description  Annual Dues Monthly Dues
Active Pharmacist A pharmacist who is active in practice $316 $29
Pharmacist Joint with Spouse A pharmacist whose spouse is an active, fully paid member $159 Not Available
Limited Practice A pharmacist who practices less than 20 hours per week $159 Not Available
Retiree  A pharmacist who has retired and no longer practices $159 Not Available
Academia A pharmacist who is a full-time faculty member, as outlined by the college of pharmacy $159 Not Available
Out-of-State Pharmacist A pharmacist who lives out of state and wishes to receive MPA publications and continuing education credits $159 Not Available
New Practitioner A pharmacist who graduated from a school or college of pharmacy. This membership category is exclusive to prior Student MPA members, and is only valid for the first two years of membership after graduation $100 Not Available
Student Pharmacist A student pursuing a pharmacy degree; valid for one year $20 Not Available
Student Pharmacist - Career A student pursing a pharmacy degree; valid for four years through completion of pharmacy school $40 Not Available
Associate A non-pharmacist who wishes to join MPA (includes pharmaceutical representatives) $97 Not Available
Pharmacy Technician A person who practices as a pharmacy technician; certification not required $73 Not Available
Pharmacy Technician Student A person who is enrolled in school to receive training to become a pharmacy technician $10 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.  $84 Not Available
 

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 join MPA or renew my membership?

We make joining or renewing with MPA easy! Click here to join online or via a printable application.

How do I contact MPA?

  • You may visit the office during business hours, however, due to COVID-19 protocol we ask that you call (517) 484-1466 to make an appointment before coming to the office.
  • Our phone number: (517) 484-1466
  • Our fax number: (517) 484-4893
  • Our e-mail: MPA@MichiganPharmacists.org