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NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Wayne State University - Main Campus

Program: Physician Assistant

"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
  4. Two letters of recommendation, preferably, one from a physician assistant and one from a work supervisor.
  5. A 750-word (maximum) narrative stating your personal and professional goals.
  6. A minimum of 500 hours of contact in a health service environment.
  7. All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the fall semester prior to admission in the spring/summer semester. Applicants must submit two separate applications: one to the graduate school and the other to the P.A. dept. Application deadlines are October 1. Please check with the department for other details, curriculum and deadline changes at (313) 577-1368.
  8. 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 6 semester hours of Physiology must be at the 300 level or above) Microbiology with lab* 4 semester hours; Chemistry*, six semester hours (must include a course in organic chemistry and or biochemistry*); Nutrition two semester hours (human/clinical); Developmental Psychology; basic statistics; two semesters of English composition. 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.

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. The requirements may not meet your chosen major/bachelor degree requirement

"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.

Completion of Basic Requirement courses at NMC will fulfill the MTA agreement. 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




Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from 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 major and school, the courses you choose in the science area may vary greatly from the courses listed below.

BIO 115

General Biology


BIO 208



BIO 220

Nutrition in Human Health


CHM 150; 151

General Chemistry 1 & 2


W.S.U. requires only six hours of chemistry. One class must be either biochemistry or organic chemistry. To take organic chemistry you must take CHM 150 & 151. Depending upon your major, you should consider taking CHM 150 & 151 with one of the courses below.

Choose one of the following:

BIO 268



CHM 250

Organic Chemistry 1


NOTE: We recommend you not take Anatomy and Physiology at NMC unless you are going into the A.D.N. program, due to the 6 semester hour 300 level physiology requirement. If you are in the nursing program, BIO 240 could be substituted for BIO 220.

Social Science


PSY 101

Introduction to Psychology


PSY 211

Developmental Psychology


Select 1 additional course from Group 1 Social Science list, not PSY »




MTH 121

College Algebra


MTH 122



MTH 131

Introduction to Prob. and Stat


The math competency requirement at Wayne can be met by taking MTH 121 & 122. If you do not complete this requirement, you will be required to take the placement test at Wayne, even if you have completed MTH 121.

Additional Requirements

Required Classes



HAH 101

Medical Terminology


If you are completing your bachelors at Wayne, COM 111 is required or a high school speech class; CIT 100 is required or a high school class or competency test

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: Spring 2015

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