NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

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. Upon reaching junior standing (56 credits), students 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.

Admission Criteria

  1. This is a competitive program. Admissions are determined by a student's last-3-semester GPA and science GPA as well as Multiple Mini Interviews.
  2. Grades – 2.0 and better grades considered for transfer.
  3. Work Experience – MSU recommends a minimum of 150 hours of experience working with a veterinarian prior to application.
  4. The following website contains helpful information for pre veterinary students: cvm.msu.edu/future-students.

Basic Requirements

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 MTA Stamp from NMC.

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, 112

English Composition I & II




HST 111 or 112

US History to or from 1865


Select 1 course from the Humanities Area from a dept. other than HST


Natural Science


BIO 115 & 116

Cell, Plant & Ecosystem Biology & Genetic, Evolution, Animal Biology


BIO 208 or 215

Microbiology or Genetics

4 or 3

CHM 150 & 151

General Chemistry I & II


CHM 250, 251 

Organic Chemistry I & II


PHY 121 & 122

General Physics I & II


Social Science

Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from the Social Science Area




MTH 121 & 122

College Algebra & Trigonometry


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