"I'm privileged to be a part of this growth and change at Trine, I look forward to carrying Trine's tradition of excellence and innovation into the School of Health Sciences, and to ensuring the success of this new doctoral program."
Dr. Max Baumgartner, Dean of School of Health Sciences
"This is an exciting and historic time at Trine as we add the School of Health Sciences and offer our first doctoral program," said Trine president Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D. "It is with great preparation and deliberation that we add this school and program to prepare students to meet the growing regional and national demand for physical therapists."
At the helm of the school and new Doctor of Physical Therapy program is Max Baumgartner, P.T., Ph.D. Baumgartner came to Trine from the University of Toledo (Ohio). Dr. Baumgartner is a capable and experienced physical therapist who leads Trine DPT Program through the accreditation process with the Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. He brings with him more than 20 years of clinical experience and 15 years of academic experience.
The doctoral program in partnership with Parkview Health and Lutheran Health Network is located in Fort Wayne between the Parkview Randallia and Veterans Administration Hospitals. The 66,000-square-foot facility is being renovated to house state-of-the art classrooms, clinical skills labs, gross anatomy lab and biomechanics and movement sciences lab.
The program will help meet growing demand for more physical therapists with doctorate degrees. As the knowledge base in the field has grown, physical therapists have had to increase their studies, making doctorate degrees the new standard.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 39 percent growth in the number of physical therapists needed through 2020, and reports the median wage in 2010 was $76,310 (the most recent figure available).
Trine is seeking candidate for accreditation status from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and from the Higher Learning Commission. Trine began accepting applications in fall 2013 with a target enrollment of 30 students. Letters of acceptance are scheduled to be sent in spring 2014, with classes expected to begin in fall 2014.