NMC Transfer Guide - MACRAO

To: Western Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapy (OT) program is designed to prepare students to treat clients with various disabilities and to meet accreditation requirements. The program includes two three-month field work experiences: one in a medical facility, the other in a community agency. An optional third field work experience is also available. WMU's program is jointly accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Medical Association.

A master's degree in occupational therapy is the certification required for this profession. WMU has a five-year (4+1) program leading to two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Services (HSV) and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. This 4+1 program consists of four years of undergraduate work and a fifth year (30 hours) of graduate course work.

Professional Occupational Therapy courses begin early in the program. As a result, transfer students are encouraged to apply for transfer after completing two semesters of prerequisite course requirements. Students admitted to the OT track in HSV will move through the program as a cohort, and those who successfully complete the undergraduate portion are assured of admission to the graduate degree program. Following graduation with the master's degree, a national certification examination must be passed before entering into practice or engaging in advanced studies.


  1. Two-step application: WMU General Admission and application/ admission to the Pre-Occupational Therapy Curriculum.
  2. Completion of all Intellectual Skills Requirements at WMU.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the following courses with a grade of "C" or better:
    1. BIO 106 – Human Biology or BIO 110 Essential Biology
    2. BIO 227, 228 – Anatomy & Physiology
    3. ENG 111 – English Composition
    4. PSY 101 – Intro to Psychology
    5. PSY 211 – Developmental Psychology
    6. PSY 250 – Abnormal Psychology
    7. Students who wish to apply to the professional undergraduate occupational therapy curriculum will have had to complete OT 2020: Orientation to Occupational Therapy. Students must receive a minimum grade of "C." This course can be completed through WMU's department of Distance Education (269-387-4195).
  4. GPA is a factor in admission. The minimum GPA required for admission consideration is 3.0.
  5. Areas to be assessed through the application:
    1. Volunteer/Work: Work and/or volunteer with special populations including individuals who are mentally and/or physically challenged, the aging population, special needs children, etc. To receive the maximum points for this section, aim for 3 different experiences and at least 20 hours total.
    2. Leadership/Teamwork: To receive the maximum points, applicants cite three different experiences with a minimum of 41 hours total. These may be from t he volunteer/work experiences listed above. Other experiences may be from school, work, church or a religious association, mission work experiences.
    3. Cultural Competency: Applicants are asked to list college-level classes applicants have taken which exposed them to the study of other cultures. Applicants are encouraged to think broadly in this area. In addition to religion and ethnicity, courses to consider would include foci on: people with disabilities, the aging population, children, and gender and women's studies. Applicants will also have the opportunity to list foreign language or sign language courses completed at the college level. Finally in the Cultural Competency Section, applicants will compose a mini essay of 2-3 paragraphs detailing interactions with other cultures. To receive the maximum number of points, applicants will need one of the following combinations: 3 courses, or 2 courses and 1 experience, or 3 experiences, etc. (NMC's Global Competency Endorsement may meet this requirement, depending on courses chosen. Please contact WMU rep for confirmation of your course/experience choices.)
  6. Documentation of OT Experience: This section and the cumulative GPA bear the biggest weight in the application process. You must have a minimum 20 hours of OT shadowing to apply. You can shadow up to three OTs and submit up to three evaluations. The evaluation that must be completed by each OT can be found on the last page of the application. (Applicant must be certain that the hours listed on the evaluation by the OT match the hours listed by the applicant on the previous page of the application.) Each form must be placed in a sealed envelope. The OT must sign the envelope over the sealed flap. These three envelopes will be submitted with your application. Special note: Applicants must sign and date the top of the evaluation prior to presenting it to the OT for completion. This is a waiver for FERPA regulations and waives your right to have access to the form once it's been submitted to the OT Department. If the applicant wishes to have a copy of the evaluation, this must be requested prior to the evaluation being placed and sealed in the envelope.
  7. The equal consideration date is Jan 31 for Fall semester admissions and September 1 for Winter semester admissions.
  8. For further information, contact The College of Health and Human Services: (269) 387-2656 or sarah.anderson@wmich.edu.


Completion of the BASIC requirements as listed at NMC will fulfill most of the general requirements at WMU. WMU requires two additional General Education courses at the 300–400 level plus an upper level writing requirement (Proficiency #2 ) to be taken at WMU. Upon request at the NMC Records Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MACRAO AGREEMENT SATISFIED".



ENG 111, 112

English Composition




BIO 227, 228

Anatomy & Physiology I & II


Select 1 course (not biology) from Group 1 Science/Math list if you wish to fulfill MACRAO - CHM 101 is recommmended prerequisite for BIO 227»

Choose 1 of the courses listed below:

BIO 106

Human Biology


BIO 110

Essential Biology


Select 1 course (MTH 120 or above) from Group 1 Math list »


Social Science


PSY 101

Intro to Psychology


PSY 211

Developmental Psychology


PSY 250

Abnormal Psychology


SOC 201

Modern Social Problems



Select 8 credits from Humanities »

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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