NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Central Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Physician Assistant

The CMU physician assistant program is a graduate program and was established to provide physician assistants for central and northern Michigan. However, graduates of the program aren't required to work in Michigan. This program has become highly competitive. Students are strongly recommended to volunteer as many hours as possible.

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.

admission criteria

  • A minimum of 3.0 is required in each prerequisite course (BIO 208, 227 & 228, 255, 268 and PSY 211)
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed within six years of time of application for the program
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.25

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 208



BIO 227 & 228

Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 (must complete both to receive A & P credit at CMU)


BIO 255

Pathophysiology (need BIO 228 with 2.0 first)


BIO 268

Biochemistry (need CHM 101 first)


CHM 101*

Intro to Chemistry


Social Science


PSY 101

Intro to Psychology


PSY 211

Developmental Psychology


Select one additional Social Science course from a department other than PSY




MTH 120 or above is required to complete the MTA. MTH 131 is recommended to satisfy CMU's Quantitative Reasoning requirement.


Additional Requirements

Required Class



COM 111

Public Speaking


* CHM 101 isn't required for CMU but is a prerequisite for BIO 268 at NMC

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