NMC Transfer Guide

To: Ferris State University - Main Campus

Program: Dental Hygiene

Ferris State University offers an Applied Associate degree in Dental Hygiene. Successful completion of the program grants you eligibility to take the licensing examinations necessary to practice dental hygiene. The program is a three-year program, with the first year considered the prerequisite (pre-professional) year, with the second and third years being devoted to the dental hygiene professional courses. The courses you take at NMC are part of the prerequisite (pre-professional) courses and you must complete the courses with a 2.0 to be acceptable at FSU. Please make contact with FSU as soon as possible. For information please contact (231) 591-2261 or (231) 591-2270. Application must be made from Feb 1–15 for the following fall. This is a fall start program and there is no waiting list kept, so application must be made each year. Students may apply Feb 1–15 while still completing admission requirements in the Spring semester but those who already completed admission criteria in the Fall semester will be have priority in the admission for that year.

Admission Criteria

  1. A 2.5 cumulative GPA is required for admission into the program (2.7 if less than 12 transferrable credits - consult FSU if you are not sure).
  2. A 2.0 cumulative GPA is required in the major and overall for graduation from the dental hygiene program.
  3. A grade of 2.0 or better must be earned (within two attempts) in all courses on this guide. All courses on this guide - except ENG 112 - are considered to be the pre-professional courses and are required prior to applying for admission into the professional sequence.
  4. Students applying to the dental hygiene program are accepted as pre-professionals students if they do not have the pre-professional sequence completed.
  5. All science and math courses must be taken within 5 years of application to your professional sequence.

Basic Requirements

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111

English Composition


ENG 112

English Composition




Choose three credits from one of the following departments: (confirm choice with FSU - see phone number above)
History, Music, Philosophy, Humanities, Foreign Languages (any level), Theater



MTH 23

Beginning Algebra


MTH 111

Intermediate Algebra (not required at Ferris but prerequisite for CHM and BIO at NMC)


CHM 150

General Chemistry


BIO 208

Microbiology (MTH 111 & 100 level biology class prerequisite)


BIO 227

Anatomy and Physiology I


BIO 228

Anatomy and Physiology II (or complete one semester of BIO 205 at Ferris which equals BIO 227 & 228 at NMC)


Social Sciences


PSY 101

Introduction to Psychology


SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology


Major And Additional Requirements

Note: For students who have completed NMC's Dental Assistant Program, contact FSU to see which courses will apply to Ferris's Dental Hygiene Program.

Required Classes



HAH 120

Infection Control (FSU class - COHP 102 - is available online every semester if NMC class is full.)


HAH 101

Medical Terminology


Choose one:

BUS 155

Interpersonal Communication


COM 111




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: July 2022