NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Wayne State University - Main Campus

Program: Pathologists' Assistant - MASTERS DEGREE

The Pathologist Assistant program trains personnel to assist the pathologist in the performance of post mortem examinations and in the preparation of surgical specimens for study, as well as to take responsibility for certain tasks delegated by supervising pathologists such as budgetary, superintending, and teaching duties. Placement is excellent.

Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelors Degree is required.
  2. Admission is through the Mortuary Science department. Applications must be submitted by January 15. The program only has a May start date. Call (313) 577-1716 for more information. This program may change requirements without notice therefore it is advised that you make contact with Wayne as early in your academic career as possible.
  3. GPA 3.0 with a 3.0 in all prerequisite courses.
  4. Completion of all pre-professional courses by admission.
  5. Three letters of recommendation, including one employer and one science faculty member.
  6. Email Robert Heller at ac4659@wayne.edu with any questions. His office number is (313) 577-8715.

Students who transfer to Wayne State University from a Michigan community college with an Associate of Arts (A.A.), an Associate of Science (A.S.), an Associate of Baccalaureate Studies (ABS), or an Associate of Liberal Arts (A.L.A.) degree are admitted with lower division University general education requirements considered fulfilled.

Students who transfer to Wayne State University from a Michigan community college with a MTA-stamped transcript who do not hold an associate degree are also considered to have fulfilled the lower division University general education requirements.

After transfer to Wayne State University, students will then complete courses specific to the graduation requirements of their individual department or college. As always, students should contact a professional advisor at Wayne State University well before they transfer." Additional requirements may be required for the specific program and degree requirements for graduation.

Here is a link to WSU's Pathologists' Assistant prerequisites on their site: cphs.wayne.edu/pathologists-assistant/admissions-requirements.php

Basic Requirements

If you are also completing your bachelors degree at WSU, completion of Basic Requirement courses at NMC will complete the MTA agreement for that bachelors degree. Upon request at the NMC Records and Registration Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED'.

Required Classes Are Marked With An Asterisk*

Academic Area




ENG 111 or 112

English Composition 1 or 2 (both if you are getting MTA and completing your bachelors at WSU)


Humanities - Only if you are completing MTA and bachelors at WSU


PHL 201



Select 1 additional course from the Group 1 Humanities list, not PHL


Natural Science


BIO 115*

Cell Plant and Ecosystem Biology


BIO 116*

Cell & Animal Biology


BIO 208*



BIO 227*

Anatomy & Physiology I


BIO 228*

Anatomy & Physiology II


CHM 101*

Intro to Chemistry


CHM 201*

Intro to Organic Chemistry


Social Science - Only if you are completing MTA and bachelors at WSU


Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from the Group 1 Social Science list




Select MTH 120 or above

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