NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Central Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Physical Therapy

Central Michigan University's Physical Therapy program is a Doctoral level program. You may enroll in one of numerous undergraduate majors such as Biology, Health, Chemistry, Psychology, etc. You will earn a Bachelor's degree with a major of your choice (in consultation with the P.T. Advisor), and earn a Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy upon completion of the P.T. program. The P.T. program is highly competitive. The average prerequisite GPA for the 2018 graduating class was a 3.59.

Applicants will need a minimum of 50 hours exploring physical therapy as a career in at least two different professional settings. This can include volunteer work, observation hours, and/or work experience with a licensed physical therapist, as well as interviews and professional journal reading. If you have questions please contact the Physical Therapy program at CMU.

It is highly recommended you contact CMU as early in your academic career as possible.

Admission Criteria

  1. Minimum overall GPA of 3.0. All courses must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to transfer to CMU.
  2. This is a doctoral program. To be considered for admission, students must have completed or be in the final stages of completing an undergraduate degree, a minimum of 50 career exploration hours, and the GRE (Graduate Requisite Exam).
  3. Transfer students must complete graduation competencies for CMU (Eng 111, 112; Com 111; MTH 111) at NMC or they will be required to complete these classes during their first or second semester at CMU.

Basic Requirements

Upon request at the NMC Records and Registration Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED". Completion of the MTA will satisfy CMU's University Program requirements and 6 credits of their Writing Intensive requirement.

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111, 112

English Composition




Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from the Group 1 Humanities List


Natural Science


BIO 110 or 115

Essential Biology or Cell, Plant and Ecosystem Biology


BIO 227 & 228

Anatomy & Physiology I & II (must complete both to receive A & P credit at CMU)


Select one of the following Chemistry options:

1. CHM 101 & 201

Intro to Chemistry & Intro to Organic Chemistry


2. CHM 150 & 151

General Chemistry I & II


Select one of the following Physics options (either will satisfy CMU's Quantitative Reasoning requirement):


1. PHY 121 & 122

General Physics I & II


2. PHY 221 & 222

Problems and Principles of Physics I & II


Social Science


PSY 101

Intro to Psychology


PSY 211

Development Psychology


Select an additional Group 1 Social Science course from a department other than PSY




MTH 121 & 122

College Algebra & Trigonometry


MTH 131

Intro to Probability and Statistics


Additional Requirements

Required Class



COM 111

Public Speaking (if you are completing a bachelor's degree at CMU)


To complete ASA, as part of guide above, select a Group 1 Humanities or Social Science course meeting the Cultural Perspectives and Diversity Requirement.

Northwestern Michigan College does not assume final responsibility for the accuracy of information on this guide. The final responsibility for the successful transfer of classes suggested on this guide rests with you and the institution you plan to transfer to. It is strongly recommended that you visit the institution as early in your academic career (prior to transfer) as possible.

Updated: Summer 2023