NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Grand Valley State University

Program: Physician Assistant (Grand Rapids campus; Traverse City campus per ARC-PA Accreditation)

The physician assistant program at GVSU is a 2 1/2 year program leading to a master of physician assistant studies degree. Students must complete a bachelor's degree to be eligible for PAS program consideration.

Students select an undergraduate major in their first year or as transfer students (suggested majors included allied health sciences, biology or biomedical sciences) and work with an advisor from that department. Students who have already completed a bachelor's degree need to complete only the pre-professional (prerequisite) program course requirements at: gvsu.edu/pas/prerequisite-courses-93.htm

Admission Criteria

  1. NMC/GVSU Articulation Agreement
  2. Graduate Application
  3. Coursework
    1. A minimum grade of "C" must be attained in each of GVSU's PAS program prerequisites
    2. Applicants must demonstrate a minimum 3.0 GPA in each of the following categories
      1. Cumulative grades
      2. PAS prerequisite courses
      3. Last 60 hours of coursework
    3. All PAS program prerequisite coursework and a bachelor's degree must be completed by the month of May prior to the fall semester before beginning the professional curriculum
  4. Two recommendations from health professionals must be submitted with the electronic Graduate Application. We recommend, but do not require, that at least one letter be from a practicing physician assistant. Separate letters from references are not required. Only TWO references are required
  5. Experience. Applicants should show evidence of 500-plus hours of significant volunteer, work, or observational experience in a health care environment. The experience must be hands-on patient care activities. This information should be documented on the graduate application. A minimum of 500 hours must be completed by the time of application.
  6. Interviews. A select group of applicants will be offered an interview as the second part of the application process.
  7. Five-Year Course Completion. The following courses must be less than 5 years old at the time of application:
    1. Human Anatomy
    2. Human Physiology
    3. Microbiology
    4. Biochemistry
  8. Foreign-born applicants should be able to communicate well in English. Minimal scores of TOEFL 600 or equivalent computer-based TOEFL are expected
  9. International students must have 30 hours of higher education coursework taken at an establish and accredited U.S. institution.
  10. UC Contact number: (231) 995-1785

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. Refer to GVSU's general education guide.

NOTE: Both a Global Perspective and a U.S. Diversity course are required to receive a bachelor's 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, ANT 113 will count as both a Social Science and a Global Perspective class.

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111 English Composition


ENG 112 English Composition




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


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 (select one course here or one course under Social Science): ART 114, ENG 242, ENG 245, HST 111, HST 112, HST 211, HST 212, HST 213, HST 225, MUS 111

Natural Science


BIO 115 Cell, Plant & Ecosystem Biology


BIO 208 Microbiology


BIO 227 Human Anatomy & Physiology I


BIO 228 Human Anatomy & Physiology II


BIO 268 Biochemistry (for University Center only)


PHY 105 Physics and the World Around Us - MTH 23 pre-requisite (or PHY 121 & 122 - MTH 122 pre-requisite)


Choose one of the Chemistry options below, depending on your bachelors degree choice:


1 - Two semesters

CHM 101 Introduction to Chemistry


CHM 201 Introduction to Organic Chemistry




2 - Four semesters

CHM 150 General Chemistry I


CHM 151 General Chemistry II


CHM 250 Organic Chemistry I


CHM 251 Organic Chemistry II


Social Science


PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology


Select 1 course, not PSY, from the Group 1 Social Science list (It may be one of the courses listed below)


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

GVSU U.S. Diversity requirement (select one course here or one course under Humanities): SOC 201, SOC 220



MTH 131 Probability and Statistics


Other Requirement for Main Campus Only


HAH 101 Medical Terminology


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