MSU College of Human Medicine partners with NMC

Michigan State University is teaming up with Northern Michigan Community College.

Michigan State University is teaming up with Northwestern Michigan College to create a premedical assurance â??pipeline.â??

MSUâ??s College of Human Medicine will now allow qualifying NMC premedical students who transfer admission through the newly created Early Assurance Program.

EAP was signed into action by MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and NMC President Timothy J. Nelson on Wednesday. The program will begin in the fall.

Simon said the opportunity would help students who would like to stay in the northern Michigan area.

â??Michigan State is committed to bringing well-qualified premedical students from Northwestern Michigan College to our university and the College of Human Medicine,â?? Simon said. â??This is a long-term vision for enhancing health care in this community and beyond. Local students may wish to return home for MSU clinical education at Munson Medical Center, and possibly one day to practice in Traverse City.â??

Of the 190 spots available for first-year students entering into MSUâ??s College of Human Medicine, 18 are reserved for the EAP program. The college received 6,845 applications for the 190 spots.

NMC students applying to MSU through the EAP program will be given preference if they meet one or more of the following benchmarks: first generation college student, attendant of a low-income high school or high school in a medically underserved area, eligible for a PELL grant or other institution need-based grant, interested in an in demand medical specialty or in practicing in an underserved area.