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Pre-Physician Assistant Program

Northern Michigan University offers courses that prepare students for admission to many physician assistant programs. This pre-physician assistant program is similar to the pre-medical program because of the strong emphasis on basic sciences and requisite courses focused on the human body and functions. More advanced courses required for admission to a specific physician assistant programs may vary widely depending on the school. NMU does have an articulation agreement with Central Michigan University's physician assistant program that allows allows for four NMU students to be admitted to the program on a non-competitive basis providing the students meet all of the admission criteria and the CMU curriculum guide. Courses required by CMU's curriculum guide are indicated with an asterisk. 

Whether applying for admission to the CMU PA program or considering any other school, it is imperative that students seek advise and guidance from the pre-physician assistant adviser in the Physics Department.


Additional Application Criteria for the CMU Physician Assistant Program

  1. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5.
  2. No grade less than "C" in any prerequisite course work.
  3. Recommendation by Physics Department pre-medical adviser.
  4. A minimum of 100 direct patient care hours must be completed prior to application.
  5. Community/volunteer service involvement.
  6. Graduate Record Exam completed.
  7. Receive a passing score from an interview with CMU Physican Assistant Admissions Committee.

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     CH 322 Organic Chemistry II (4 cr.) or *
     HN 451 Advanced Nutrition (4 cr.)
Strongly Recommended