NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Western Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: PRE-Occupational Therapy

Beginning in 2017, a doctoral degree (OTD) will be required to sit for the NBCOT exam. As a result, WMU will be replacing its current entry-level master's program (MSOT) with a new OTD program. This program is set to begin at WMU in 2020.

As a pre-Occupational Therapy (pre-OT) student at WMU, you will pursue a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Health Services with a "pre-OT" concentration. This program includes all the necessary prerequisite courses needed to make application to our developing OTD program.

Anticipated OTD Application Requirements: (subject to change upon further program development)

  1. Application deadline for ODT: February 1
  2. You must have a bachelor's degree completed (or nearly completed) from an accredited institution.
  3. Minimum 3.0 GPA from the most recent 60 credits of coursework
  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE General Test; taken within 5 years prior to the application deadline) - Submit official scores using WMU code: 1902
  5. All prerequisites must be completed before the application deadline, and must be passed with a grade of "C" or better. These course are included in your IHS degree and all but one may be taken at NMC:
    1. BIO 227, 228 – Anatomy & Physiology I and II
    2. ENG 111 – English Composition
    3. MTH 131 - Probability and Statistics
    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 at WMU. Students must receive a minimum grade of "C." This course may be completed through WMU's department of Distance Education (269-387-4195).
  6. Volunteer/Work experiences with special and/or vulnerable populations. (Includes individuals who are mentally and/or physically challenged, the aging population, special needs children, etc.) To receive the maximum points for this section, see website below.
  7. Leadership/Teamwork experience. To receive the maximum points, see website below.
  8. Cultural Competency through courses and experience: See website below. (NMC's Global Competency Endorsement may meet this requirement, depending on courses chosen. Please contact WMU rep for confirmation of your course/experience choices.)
  9. 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 or OTA 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 OT website below.
  10. For further information, contact The College of Health and Human Services: (269) 387-2656
  11. As WMU finalizes more details for the developing OTD program, updates will be posted to the website: wmich.edu/ot/academics

Basic requirements

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 to be taken at WMU plus an upper level writing requirement (Proficiency #2 at WMU). Upon request at the NMC Records Office, a statement will be placed on your transcript, "MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) SATISFIED".

Required Classes

Academic Area




ENG 111, 112

English Composition


Natural Science


BIO 227, 228

Anatomy & Physiology I & II


Select 1 course (not BIO) from the Group 1 Natural Science list (to fulfill the MTA and ASA degree)


Social Science


PSY 101

Intro to Psychology


PSY 211

Developmental Psychology


PSY 250

Abnormal Psychology


Select 1 course, not PSY, from Group 1 Social Sciences (to fulfill the MTA and ASA degree)



Select 2 courses representing 2 departments from Group 1 Humanities (to fulfill the MTA and ASA degree)



Select 1 course (MTH 120 or above) from the Group 1 Math list (to fulfill the MTA and ASA degree)


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