NMC Transfer Guide - MTA

To: Western Michigan University - Main Campus

Program: Physician Assistant - Masters

interdisciplinary health science - pa track - bachelors

The department of Physician Assistant offers a Master of Science in Medicine in Physician Assistant. In preparation at WMU, students will pursue the Physician Assistant track in the Bachelors of Science, Interdisciplinary Health Services to prepare to apply for admission to the graduate degree program. This guide contains courses recommended for the Interdisciplinary Health Services BS and Prerequisites for the PA Program. Courses that are specific requirements for the PA program are listed under Admission Criteria and marked with an * throughout the guide.

Admission Criteria

  1. Completion of WMU application process. See the PA Application site.
  2. Satisfactory completion of the following courses with a grade of "C" or better:
    1. *BIO 208/L – Microbiology
    2. *BIO 227/L – Anatomy & Physiology I
    3. *MTH 131 – Probability and Statistics
    4. *PSY 211 – Developmental Psychology (PSY 101 pre-requisite at NMC)
  3. Additional WMU course work will be required for admission to the PA program (*BIOS 3500 Physiology & *CHEM 3550 Biochemistry - see CHM pre-requisites for CHEM 3550 later in guide).
  4. For further information, contact the College of Health and Human Services: (269) 387-2656 or email pa-info@wmich.edu. Please have course descriptions and course syllabi for the courses you have taken on hand when you call.

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


Social Science


PSY 101

Introduction to Psychology


*PSY 211

Developmental Psychology


Select one course not PSY from the Group 1 Social Science list


Natural Science


BIO 115/L

Cell, Plant and Ecosystem Biology


BIO 116/L

Cell and Animal BIology


*BIO 208/L



BIO 215



*BIO 227/L

Anatomy & Physiology I


(Chemistry classes listed below are required pre-requisites for *CHEM 3550 - a WMU upper level Biochemistry required for admission to PA program.)

CHM 150/L/R

General Chemistry I


CHM 151/L/R

General Chemistry II


CHM 250/L

Organic Chemistry I (You may take both CHM 250 and CHM 251 at NMC or take a one semester Organic Chemistry at WMU.)


CHM 251/L

Organic Chemistry II




Choose one course below:


PHL 201



PHY 202

Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas


Select one course not PHL. from the Group 1 Humanities list



*MTH 131

Probability and Statistics (MTH 111 Pre-Requisite)


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