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Iowa Board of Medicine

Administrative Medicine Licensure

Eligibility for Administrative Medicine Licensure

An administrative medicine license allows an M.D. or D.O. to advise organizations, both public and private, on health care matters; authorize and deny financial payments for care; organize and direct research programs; review care provided for quality; and other similar duties that do not require direct patient care. Administrative medicine does not include the authority to practice clinical medicine, examine, care for or treat patients, prescribe medications including controlled substances, or delegate medical acts or prescriptive authority to others. Eligibility requirements are found in Chapter 9.

  • An applicant for an administrative medicine license shall be subject to all of the permanent licensure requirements established in Iowa Code section 148.3 and Iowa Administrative Code 653 - 9, except that the applicant shall not be required to demonstrate that the applicant has engaged in active clinical practice in the past three years as outlined in paragraphs 9.8(7)“c” and 9.15(2)“d.”

Military Service & Veteran Reciprocity

Current military service or veteran applicants who do not meet the eligibility requirements for administrative medicine licensure outlined above may request credit toward any experience or educational requirement for licensure based on military education, training, or service obtained or completed in military service. Credit for military service may not be applied to an examination requirement. Veteran applicants who hold an unrestricted professional license in another jurisdiction may be eligible for licensure through reciprocity.

"Military service" means honorably serving on federal active duty, state active duty, or national guard duty as defined in Iowa Code section 29A.1; in the military services of other states as provided in 10 U.S.C. section 101(c); or the organized reserves of the United States as provided in 10 U.S.C.

"Veteran" means an individual who meets the definition of "Veteran" in Iowa Code section 35.1(2)


Read about the fee for an administrative license application.

How to Apply

Learn more about the application process.

Administrative Medicine License Application Cycle

If the applicant does not submit all materials, including a completed fingerprint packet, within 90 days of the board office's initial documented request for further information, the application shall be considered inactive. The board office shall notify the applicant of this change in status.

To reactivate the application, an applicant shall submit a non-refundable reactivation fee, and update credentials. If the reactivation fee is not received within 90 days from the date the applicant was notified of the inactivation, the application will be withdrawn.

An applicant whose application was withdrawn must reapply and submit a new non-refundable application fee, a new application, documents and credentials. 

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