NMC Transfer Guide

To: Central Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Physician Assistant

"The American Academy of Physician Assistants describes physician assistants as 'health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision'. Within this relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. Their role includes primary and specialty care in medical and surgical practice settings in rural and urban areas."

The Masters program curriculum is 27 months in duration with the first 15 months spent primarily on-campus in classroom and lab instruction. The remaining 12 months consists of eight six-week clinical rotations in various medical specialties.

To be considered for admission into CMU's PA Program, students must have completed or be in the final stages of completing an undergraduate degree, the prerequisite course requirements, and a minimum of 100 paid direct patient care hours.  A specific undergraduate degree major is not required. This program has become highly competitive. Students entering the program average nearly 2,500 hours of Direct Patient Care Experience and a G.P.A. over 3.6 (3.0 or better required). Students are strongly recommended to volunteer as many hours as possible. For specific dates and applications please call (989) 774-1730.

The following courses are designed to provide an Associate of Science and Arts from NMC. By completing the following courses you will meet the general education and graduation requirements for CMU in oral communications, math, and English. The science courses listed are required for the PA program.

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.




ENG 111, 112

English Composition




Select 8 or more credits from more than one department »



MTH 131

Probability and Statistics


MTH 121 & 122 or MTH 140

College Algebra & Trig

7 or 5

BIO 227 & 228

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


CHM 150-150R & CHM 151-151R

General Chemistry 1 & 2


CHM 250 & 251

Organic Chemistry 1 & 2 (can take CHM 421 at CMU instead) 


Social Science


PSY 101

Intro to Psychology


PSY 211

Developmental Psychology


Select one additional Social Science course from a dept. other than PSY »



COM 111         

Public Speaking                                    


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:  Spring 2013


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