The Pre-Physician Assistant Studies program is designed for students preparing for the Trine University Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program that is anticipated to begin August 2018.
Physician Assistants are nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional who are licensed to diagnose and treat illness and disease and prescribe medication for patients. They work in physician offices, hospitals and clinics in collaboration with a licensed physician. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth of 30 percent between 2014 and 2024. The median annual wage for PAs was $95,820 in 2014.
Paths from Pre-Physician Assistant Studies to MPAS
The Pre-Physician Assistant Studies enables students majoring in biology, chemistry, forensic science, and biomedical engineering to prepare for application to the Trine University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program and other physician assistant studies programs in the United States.
The traditional pathway to most PA education programs is through a competitive application process. Different PA programs have different prerequisite courses/admissions requirements. The Pre-PA studies curriculum provides a foundation for entry into PA programs. Students in this pathway must pay particular attention to the specific prerequisites for their PA program of choice. These pathways provide a foundation that is generally acceptable for entry into Trine University’s Masters of Physician Assistant Studies.
Learn more about the admission requirements for Trine University.
Direct Admission Track
The Direct Admissions Track provides a direct pathway for non-competitive entry into Trine University’s Masters of Physician Assistant Studies for select high-achieving candidates entering Trine’s undergraduate biology, chemistry, forensic science, and biomedical engineering majors. Up to 10 seats for the PA class entering in August 2018 are reserved for this direct admissions track program.
Direct admissions track students must maintain an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better to stay in the track and must have a record of professional behavior. Direct admissions track applicants will apply through the PA centralized application process, CASPA, during the proper admissions cycle to indicate their continued intent to enroll in the PA program.
Guidance along the way
Both paths give the opportunities for guidance from physician assistant studies faculty and interaction with the Trine's developing Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. It establishes realistic expectations for success.
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*Trine University has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Trine University anticipates matriculating its first class in August 2018, pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the March 2018 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. In the event that provisional accreditation is not received, the graduate PA program will not commence in August 2018 and graduate PA tuition deposits will be refunded. This does not apply to Trine University’s undergraduate pre-PA curriculum which can provide a foundational education for PA programs, regardless of the Trine University graduate PA program status.