NMC Transfer Guide - MACRAO

To: Michigan State University - Main Campus

Program: Veterinary Medicine

Pre-Professional Program

The College of Veterinary Medicine does not offer a bachelor's degree program for pre veterinary students. It takes 2 to 4 years to complete the courses required for admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program. A few outstanding students are admitted into the professional program after 2 years, but the majority of students are admitted after completion of a bachelor's degree. Once admitted into the professional program, it takes another 4 years. Thus, it takes anywhere from 6 to 8 years after high school to achieve the DVM degree. Upon reaching junior standing (56 credits), student's must select a major leading to a baccalaureate degree and still incorporate the pre veterinary courses. Students may wish to choose Animal Science, Zoology, Physiology, or Biology, but certainly not be limited to these. Because admission to the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine is highly competitive, students who have not been admitted directly into the Professional Vet program after 2 years are advised to choose a major in a field that is interesting to them and which is consistent with their alternate career and educational goals.

Graduates of a four-year Professional Veterinary Medicine program may pursue a variety of careers in salaried positions or become licensed as private practitioners in any state. Veterinarians are employed by the U.S. Dept of Agriculture for work in disease control, meat and poultry inspection, and development of biological products. Rewarding positions also are found with the Public Health Service, Military, and State and local agencies. Biomedical research is another career avenue. Three-quarters of all veterinarians are engaged in private practice.


  1. GPA - 3.0 or higher. The Professional Vet program is a limited enrollment program. (100 students admitted each Fall.) The mean GPA of admitted students is 3.3 - 3.5.
  2. Junior Status - Because of the competitiveness of this program, the majority of successful Veterinary Medicine applicants have completed at least 3 years of a bachelor's degree program. In fact, It is highly desirable to have completed a bachelors degree in a major consistent with your interests and career goals, then go on to Veterinary Medical school.
  3. Grades - 2.0 and better grades considered for transfer.
  4. Fall Start - The professional 4 year Vet. Med. program begins each September with a new class of students.
  5. Entrance Exam - Medical College Admission Tests (MCAT) are used for admission consideration into the Professional VET program.
  6. Interview - A required interview is considered by the Vet School Admissions Committee.
  7. Work Experience - Work experience with animals is essential; consider both volunteer and paid experiences starting in high school if possible, but certainly early during college.
  8. WEB info - The following WEB site contains helpful information for pre veterinary students: http://cvm.msu.edu/admissions/.


The following courses are listed to facilitate transfer as well as fulfill University requirements at MSU. Completion of the courses on this guide will result in the Associate of Science & Arts degree and the MACRAO Stamp from NMC. Completion of the MACRAO Agreement is important when transferring to MSU.



ENG 111, 112

English Composition



Choose 8 credits from 2 departments of the Humanities Division »

Special Note: NMC highly recommends that one of your choices be either HST 111 or HST 112 U.S. History. Although it is not absolutely required, taking U.S. History eliminates having to take an integrated writing & humanities course at MSU. Without a U.S. History course, transfer students can expect to take IAH 201 at MSU.

Science/Math (All courses listed are required and must have a grade of 2.0 or above.)


BIO 115 & 116

Cell, Plant & Ecosystem Biology... and ...Cell & Animal Biology


CHM 150 & 151 +Labs

General Chemistry I & II


CHM 250, 251 + Labs

Organic Chemistry I & II


MTH 121 & 122 or 140

Any math at College Algebra & Trigonometry level or higher


BIO 220 or 240

Nutrition in Human Health ...or Normal and Clinical Nutrition


BIO 215



BIO 208



PHY 121 & 122

General Physics I & II


Social Science

Four semester credits equivalent to any 200-level ISS course at MSU. An additional 300-level social science course must be completed at MSU.
View Social Science Division requirements »

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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