MPAS Admission Requirements

Trine University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, veteran status or age in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs, or in employment. However, students are informed that the process of becoming a Physician Assistant requires the completion of a graduate education program which is intellectually, as well as, physically challenging and rigorous, that the candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner, and that reasonable accommodation does not mean that students with disabilities are exempt from certain tasks.

An outline of the tasks, skills and abilities necessary to enter and complete this program can be found in the Technical Standards.


PA Professional Program - [ CASPA Application ]

Graduate admission requirements for Trine University Physician Assistant Program include:

  • Evidence that a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution will be completed prior to entry into the program. The degree does not have to be in a science major but the applicant must have successfully completed all required prerequisite coursework.
  • Prerequisite course work with rigorous curricular expectations. Minimum GPA of 3.0, with no individual course grade lower than a C taken at a regionally accredited US college or university from the courses that follow:
    • 2 semesters of general biology with lab
    • 2 semesters of general chemistry with lab
    • 2 semesters of combined human anatomy and physiology with lab
    • 1 semester of organic chemistry
    • 1 semester of biochemistry
    • 1 semester of microbiology with lab
    • 1 semester in psychology
    • 1 semester in statistics
    • 1 course in medical terminology
  • 8 hours of AP or dual enrollment credit with a minimum score of 4 are transferable for pre-requisite science courses.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better with no single individual course grade lower than C.
  • Competitive applicants will usually apply with more than the minimum requirements.
  • Complete the CASPA application online.
    • At least one of the letters of recommendation/evaluation must be from a practicing Physician Assistant.
  • If enrolling from a non-regionally accredited institution, GRE cumulative minimum test score of 300 is required. (Trine's designated Institutional CASPA GRE code is 7343.)
  • Patient contact experience is not required, but is highly recommended, particularly to demonstrate a discernment process to enter the PA profession.
  • All applicants must meet the technical standards.
  • All applicants must be a US citizen or legal resident.
  • After acceptance into Trine University all applicants must submit complete official transcripts to the Registrar's Office.


Undergraduate Pre-Physician Assistant Studies Direct Admissions Track to the PA Program

The Direct Admission path allows a unique opportunity for select Trine University undergraduate students who excel academically and demonstrate an advanced level of maturity to guarantee admission into the PA program.

This track is associated with biologychemistryforensic science, and biomedical engineering majors to directly to admit into the PA program. 

Undergraduate freshmen PA Direct Admission track requirements include:

  • Must meet or exceed the University admission requirements for the designated undergraduate program.
  • An official high school transcript with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Official ACT score of at least 25 OR 1150 on the two-part SAT (Critical Reading and Mathematics sections)
  • Prerequisite college course taken at Trine University:
    • 2 semesters of general biology with lab
    • 2 semesters of general chemistry with lab
    • 2 semesters of combined human anatomy and physiology with lab
    • 1 semester of organic chemistry
    • 1 semester of biochemistry
    • 1 semester of microbiology with lab
    • 1 semester in psychology
    • 1 semester in statistics
    • 1 course in medical terminology
  • 8 hours of AP or dual enrollment credit with minimum score of 4 are transferable for pre-requisite science courses
  • Applicants must experience a discernment process within the health care world such as formal documentation of shadowing a physician assistant or formal or informal health care experience
  • All applicants must meet the Technical Standards
  • Display a record of professional/ethical behaviors

Progression Criteria for Direct Admissions Track

  • Maintenance of cumulative or semester GPA of minimum of 3.5
    • There is a one-time, one semester Academic Probation period to enable a student to bring their GPA back up to 3.5 before being dismissed from the Direct Admissions Track
    • Students may still apply for admission to the Trine University PA program through the competitive CASPA application process
  • Demonstration of ongoing professional behaviors in accordance with expectations of all Trine University students
  • Meet criteria of graduate program admissions including the ability to meet technical standards, achievement of bachelor’s degree and the completion of a CASPA application to indicate formal intent of enrollment

***Undergraduate financial aid does not extend into the PA Professional Program and will, therefore, be discontinued at the beginning of the graduate level education***

The President of Trine University reserves the right to have executive authority over any admission decisions.


Conditional Admission

An applicant who has not earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in an undergraduate degree program may be considered for a conditional admission review. The following materials must be submitted:

  1. Completion and clearance of the CASPA application materials to Trine University
  2. At least one CASPA letter of recommendation should be from a professional colleague who can address the applicant’s situation and current potential for success
  3. Within the CASPA process, complete all "optional" fields of the Trine application. This includes:
    • A one page narrative describing the challenges or extenuating circumstances that led to the applicant earning less than 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work. Include a description of specific strategies he/she will use to ensure academic progress within the Physician Assistant graduate degree program
    • An applicant may want to include course syllabi and course descriptions as an appendix to application.
    • A curriculum vita or resume indicating positions held that demonstrate task commitment, knowledge and skill relevant to the applicable course of Physician Assistant study

During the admissions cycle, after receipt of all the materials, the application will be reviewed by the PA Program Director and/or PA Program admission committee to be considered in the competitive admissions process. A recommendation may be made to the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences dean for conditional admission.

A student admitted conditionally will become a graduate student in good standing upon completion of the first semester PA courses maintaining a B or better in each course. A conditional graduate student not garnering a grade of B or better in each of his/her first semester PA courses will be dismissed.


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