Physical Therapy

NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Grand Valley State University - Main Campus

Program: Physical Therapy (Grand Rapids campus)

Physical therapy is the care and services provided by or under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, including:

  1. examining clients with physical impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities or other health-related conditions in order to determine a diagnosis, prognosis and intervention;
  2. alleviating impairments and functional limitations by designing, implementing and modifying therapeutic interventions;
  3. preventing injury, impairments, functional limitations and disability, including promotion and maintenance of fitness, health and quality of life in all age groups; and
  4. engaging in consultation, education and research.
  5. Physical therapists are required to be licensed by the states in which they practice.

Admission Criteria For Professional Program

Phase I

  1. Academic achievement: Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in pre-professional program course requirements, and a 3.0 GPA overall.
  2. Admission deadline is October 15. See the Prerequisite Advising Worksheet.
  3. Two letters of recommendations must be submitted, one must be from a licensed physical therapist. Letters must be on university forms.
  4. Observational experience. A minimum of 50 hours of observational experience under the supervision of a physical therapist
  5. Abbreviated resume on university form listing educational, professional, leadership, scholarly and volunteer activities
  6. Bachelor's degree:
    1. NEW for Fall 2019 application cycle: 2 chemistry courses with labs will be required.
    2. Chemistry courses chosen will depend on undergraduate major selected. Students will have time to take the chemistry at GVSU once they determine an undergraduate major.
    3. Student who already have a bachelors degree should consult with the College of Health Professions regarding chemistry choices by calling (616) 331-5900.
  7. Official transcripts
  8. Graduate application

Phase II

  1. Interview with faculty
  2. On-site writing sample

Grand Valley State University's program is a Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Students may elect any bachelors level degree prior to starting their graduate program in physical therapy. Options include biomedical science, health sciences, psychology, athletic training, etc.

We strongly recommend you meet with a GVSU advisor early in your academic career.

Basic Requirements

The following courses will complete requirements for an Associate in Arts degree, and most of the general education requirements from GVSU. Students are strongly encouraged to stay in contact with a GVSU advisor for any program updates.

NOTE: Both a Global Perspective and a U.S. Diversity course are required to receive a bachelors degree from GVSU. NMC courses that transfer as Global Perspective or US Diversity can be chosen from humanities or social science and will double count. For example, SOC 201 will count as both a social science and a U.S. Diversity class. Refer to GVSU's general education guide:

Upon request at the NMC Records and Registration Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED."

Required Classes

Academic Area



ENG 111 English Composition


ENG 112 English Composition




GVSU Global Perspective requirement (select one course here or one course under Social Science): ART 111, ART 112, ENG 241, ENG 246, ENG 247, ENG 254, ENG 263, ENG 271, FRN 202, GRM 202, HST 101, HST 102, HST 228, HST 235, HUM 116, PHL 121, PHL 122, SPN 202.

GVSU U.S. Diversity requirement (If SOC 201 is not chosen under social science, select one course here): ART 114, ENG 242, ENG 245, HST 111, HST 112, HST 211, HST 212, HST 213, HST 225, MUS 111.

Select a total of 6 credits representing 2 departments from the Group 1 Humanities list


Natural Science


BIO 115 Cell, Plant & Ecosystem Biology


BIO 227 Human Anatomy and Physiology I


BIO 228 Human Anatomy and Physiology II


CHM 101 Introduction to Chemistry


PHY 121 General Physics I (MTH 122 Pre-requisite)


PHY 122 General Physics II


Social Science


PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology


PSY 211 Developmental Psychology


ANT 113 or SOC 101 or SOC 201 Modern Social Problems (SOC 201 meets U.S. Diversity)


GVSU Global Perspective requirement (select one course here or one course under Humanities): ANT 113, GEO 109, PLS 132, PLS 211.



MTH 121 College Algebra


MTH 122 Trigonometry


MTH 131 Intro to Probability and Statistics


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