NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Wayne State University - Main Campus

Program: Physician Assistant MASTERS DEGREE

"The Physician Assistant (P.A.) is academically and clinically prepared to provide health care services with direction and responsible supervision of a doctor of medicine or osteopathy." Physician assistants are qualified by graduation from an accredited educational program (such as WSU) and certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. P.A.s make clinical decisions and provide a broad range of diagnostic, therapeutic, preventative, and health maintenance services. P.A. practice is centered on patient care and may include educational, research and administrative responsibilities.

The Wayne State University Physician Assistant Studies Program is a graduate-level program and two years in length. Classes begin in May of each year.

Admission Criteria

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. A combined minimum cumulative (all course work taken) grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. The general test of the Graduate Records Examination - minimum scores accepted are 285 combined for the verbal & quantitative sections and a 3.5 in the analytical writing score.
  4. Three letters of recommendation - must be professional references.
  5. A 750-word (maximum) narrative stating your personal and professional goals.
  6. A minimum of 500 Patient Contact hours in a health service environment.
  7. All prerequisites must be completed by September 1 prior to admission in the following spring/summer semester. Applicants must submit two separate applications: one to the graduate school and the other to CASPA. Application deadline is September 1st. Applications open on May 1st. Please check with the department for other details, curriculum and deadline changes at (313) 577-1368.
  8. Email paadmit@wayne.edu with any questions. Or contact the PA Program Advisor & Admissions Coordinator, Robert Heller at (313) 577-8715.
  9. For students already holding a bachelors degree or pursuing a bachelors or associate degree the following courses are required: Anatomy and Physiology* ten semester hours (at least 3 semester hours of Physiology must be at the 300 level or above) Microbiology with lab* 4 semester hours; Upper Level Human Science course* 3-4 credits can include courses such as Genetics, Pathophysiology, Histology or immunology just to name a few; Chemistry*, six semester hours (must include one course in general/inorganic chemistry and one course in organic chemistry and or biochemistry*); Nutrition two semester hours (human/clinical); Developmental Psychology; basic statistics; two semesters of English composition and Medical Terminology. NOTE: * All designated science courses must have been completed within six years prior to the date of application. Waivers can be granted by the department if work experience demonstrates knowledge of the designated area.
  10. Here is a link to WSU's PA Admission requirements.

Basic Requirements

For those starting with an Associate degree, the following classes will complete the Associate of Arts degree requirements for NMC, the MTA agreement and most admission requirements for the P.A. program. Upon request at the NMC Records and Registration Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED'. The requirements may not meet your chosen major/bachelor degree requirement

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.


Academic Area




ENG 111*, 112*

English Composition




Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from the Group 1 Humanities list
If you plan on completing your bachelors degree at W.S.U., please select PHL 201 Ethics as one of your humanities classes.


Natural Science


Depending upon your Bachelors major and school, the courses you choose in the science area may vary greatly from the courses listed below. Consult with WSU.

BIO 208*



BIO 220 or 240

Nutrition in Human Health or Clinical Nutrition


BIO 227*

Anatomy & Physiology I


BIO 228*

Anatomy & Physiology II


You may wish to take both Anatomy and Physiology at WSU (unless you are going into the A.D.N. program at NMC) due to the upper level Human Physiology* class that must be taken at WSU.


CHM 101*

Intro to Chemistry


CHM 201*

Intro to Organic Chemistry


Choose one of the following:*

BIO 215



BIO 255



Social Science


PSY 101*

Introduction to Psychology


PSY 211*

Developmental Psychology


Select 1 additional course from the Group 1 Social Science list, not PSY if you are completing the MTA




MTH 131*

Introduction to Prob. and Stat


Additional Requirements



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