NMC Transfer Guide - MACRAO

To: Grand Valley State University - Main Campus

Program: Occupational Therapy (Online - occasional travel to GVSU required)

Occupational Therapists work with clients having physical or mental disabilities, to enhance their independence in day-to-day functional activities.


  • Application deadline: May 15
  • Graduate application
  • Substantial completion of prerequisite coursework is expected
  • Academic achievement of a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in prerequisite courses and in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of a C (2.0) or better and must be taken within five years prior to admission to the program. Course work over 5 years will be considered of applicants who have continually worked in health Care on a case-by-case basis.
  • Two recommendation letters using the recommendation forms provided in the application packet, including one from a registered occupational therapist and one from a professor (for current undergraduate students) or an employer (for non-traditional students) who can comment on your study and or work habits.
  • Volunteer experience submitted on the document experience form in the admission packet for a minimum of 50 hours under the supervision of an occupational therapist. Volunteer hours must be verified by a registered and or licensed occupational therapist.
  • Completion of the achievement summary form detailing accomplishments that reflect the core content and goals of each experience
  • The OT prerequisites form must be completed in full and submitted with application.
  • International student applicants should be able to communicate well in English with a minimum score of 610 on TOEFEL or 253 on the computer based TOEFEL.

At GVSU, the Occupational Therapy Program is a six year program culminating in the completion of a Master's Degree. Upon successful completion of the requirements for an undergraduate degree, the student will receive a Bachelor of Science or Arts Degree with a major generally in the science or psychology area; a minor is not necessary. Students may choose any undergraduate degree and major as long as the requirements for O.T. are met. Occupational Therapy certification, however, is not available until completion of the Master's Degree requirements.

Program contacts:

Jeanine Beasley, PhD, OTRL: (616) 331-3117 Beasley@gvsu.edu

Bill Sisco, PhD, MA, MS, OTRL: (616) 331-2736 siscow@gvsu.edu


Completion of the Basic requirements, as listed, at NMC will fulfill the general requirements at GVSU. Upon request at the NMC Records Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MACRAO AGREEMENT SATISFIED".

Students wishing to stay at NMC for two years should take the courses listed below. Depending upon your undergraduate major, some modification may be necessary. The two year course of study fulfills the requirements for NMC's Associate degree and for the MACRAO Agreement. Students are reminded that the following guide includes some courses not required in GVSU's Pre-Occupational Therapy program; such courses, however, may prepare students to pursue other programs should they not be accepted into the Professional component of the Occupational Therapy program at GVSU.



ENG 111, 112

English Composition



Select a minimum of 8 credits from two departments from the Humanities Division »


BIO 115

Biology I Prerequisite for Biology 208 at GVSU)


BIO 106

Human Biology and an additional class at G.V.S.U.


BIO 227

Anatomy and Physiology I


BIO 228

Anatomy and Physiology II


CHM 101

Intro to Chemistry


MTH 131

Intro to Probability


Social Science

PSY 101

Introduction to Psychology


PSY 211

Developmental Psychology (Theme req.)


PSY 223

Introduction to Social Psychology


PSY 250

Abnormal Psychology


SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology


ANT 113

Intro to Cultural Anthropology


SOC 201

Modern Social Problems


Additional courses (through other schools)

BMS 427 Neuroanatomy or PSSY 430 Physiological Psychology or PSY 431 Physiological Psychology

MSU online PSY 209

MOV 300 Kinesiology

Lansing C.C. online PFKN 170

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.

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