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MPAS Admission Requirements

 

MPAS Graduate Admissions [ CASPA Application ]

The CASPA application process for each of Trine MPAS admissions cycle opens March/April and closes March/April of the next year. Please check the CASPA portal for exact dates. Applications may close before the cycle closes. One should apply early so all materials are entered and verified by CASPA by the closing date. Rolling Admissions means competitive, completed and verified applications will be considered as they are received. Applicants are invited for an interview based on the competitive pool for that year. Qualified candidates will be invited for a personal interview with MPAS Program faculty and staff. Candidates can expect to participate in individual and panel interviews, along with critical thinking exercises. Additional information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Graduate admission requirements for the Trine University Master of Physician Assistant Studies include:

  • All applicants must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States or Canada (with proper qualifications to study in the US)
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited United States institution prior to entry into the PA program
    The degree does not have to be in a science major, but the applicant must have successfully completed all required prerequisite coursework
  • Each prerequisite course must be taken at a regionally accredited US college or university or equivalent
    See FAQ 28 and 29 for equivalency
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Hard science GPA of 3.0 or above
    See FAQ 10 for a list of courses calculated as part of the hard science GPA
  • Prerequisite courses must have no grade lower than C or must be successfully repeated at the same or higher level and credit hours
  • Prerequisite hard science courses are required to be of a rigorous nature designed for science majors as opposed to lower-level survey courses
    See FAQ 8 for program description of rigor
  • Completion of the GRE General Test within the last 5 years
    The CASPA GRE Designated Institution Code for Trine University is 7343
  • All matriculating applicants must meet the Technical Standards
    Included in enrollment checklist and documentation
  • No history of felony conviction, as defined by U.S. Code
  • At least two academic or professional letters of recommendation
  • Discernment into the profession, including but not limited to, health care experience, patient contact, shadowing
    See FAQ 21 and 24 for definition and examples

Coursework specifically designated for healthcare providers or premedical classes are preferable (when available) as these will better prepare you for the level of study in the MPAS Program. If you have completed a course designed for non-science majors or designated as 100 level or survey, we require you upload a copy of the syllabi to the Documents section of CASPA for Admissions Committee review. We will contact you with a determination and recommendation, if deemed non-rigorous, to take a different course that meets requirements.
Prerequisite courses must have no course grade lower than C or else they must be successfully repeated at the same or higher level and credit hours. Advanced Placement (AP) or dual enrollment credit courses can be used toward the undergraduate degree and statistics and psychology but not for hard sciences prerequisites.

  • One semester of human anatomy with required lab (minimum 3 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours). Individual or combined A&P (with lab) courses will be accepted.
  • One semester of human physiology (minimum 3 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours). Individual or combined A&P (with lab) courses will be accepted.
  • One semester of microbiology (minimum 3 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours)
  • One semester of biochemistry (minimum 3 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours)
  • One semester of organic chemistry (minimum 3 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours)
  • One semester of statistics (minimum 3 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours)
  • One semester of psychology (minimum 3 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours)
  • One semester of medical terminology (minimum 1 semester hour or equivalent quarter hours) or valid certificate of completion

Applications will be reviewed by the MPAS program Admissions Committee. Applicants must meet all admission requirements and are evaluated on multiple data points including overall GPA, hard science GPA, last 55-60 credit hour GPA, overall GRE General Test score, and interview scores.

The MPAS program at Trine University does not accept credits from graduate programs, nor does the Program permit credit by examination. Students must begin with the first semester and complete the full Trine University MPAS curriculum.

Competitive applicants demonstrate the qualities essential to successful completion of the program and entry into the profession:

  • Well-qualified, exceeding standard requirements for admission
    See Admission Requirements and Competitive Guidelines
  • Well-prepared, academically equipped to successfully handle the demands of the program’s curriculum
    See Admission Requirements and Competitive Guidelines
  • Well-versed, demonstrating strong performance in coursework relevant to the program
    See Relevant Coursework (FAQ 7)
  • Well-matched, with academic and career goals aligned with program curriculum, teaching and learning goals and other “FIT” factors
    Assessing Program Fit (FAQ 22)
  • Well-suited, demonstrating an interest in and affinity for the planned field of study
    See Professional Discernment (FAQ 21)

Competitive applicants to the Trine University MPAS program have:

  • The following grade point averages (GPAs)
    • 3.5 or above cumulative
    • 3.5 or above hard science
  • Relevant and rigorous hard science coursework earning a B or better
  • The following scores on the GRE General Test
    • 305 or above overall
    • 153 or above quantitative reasoning
    • 152 or above verbal reasoning
    • 4.0 or above analytical writing
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills during the invited interview

The Trine University MPAS Program offers a “Guaranteed Interview” option to all qualified students as defined by:

    • Achieve an undergraduate overall GPA ≥ 3.25
    • Achieve an undergraduate overall prerequisite courses GPA ≥ 3.25
    • Each prerequisite course grade earned is a C or better
    • Take the GRE
    • Complete application through CASPA
    • Must meet all other applicable admissions standards

"Favored specified individuals or groups" utilize a particular entry pathway into the Trine University MPAS program for which other candidates are not eligible.
There are four groups who follow altered admission and enrollment practices:

  1. Direct Entry (High school students matriculated into Trine University)
    For qualifying high school students who choose to attend Trine for both undergraduate and graduate school 
  2. Trine University Direct Admission Pathway
    For current, qualified Trine University undergraduate students accepted into this pathway
  3. PA Direct Admission Pathway
    For qualified students from institutions with which we have active articulation agreements
  4. Guaranteed Interviews
    For students who apply via CASPA and meet specific criteria

The Program allows: 

  1. up to 10 seats per cohort reserved for the Trine University Direct Entry and Direct Admission Pathways
    1. includes both high school and Trine University undergraduate direct entry
  2. up to 2 seats per cohort reserved for each institution with an active articulation agreement
  3. that there is no limit to the total number of students entering the program through the Direct Entry and Direct Admissions Pathways 

This is for qualified high school students who study at Trine University's main campus prior to entering the MPAS program. More information about this pathway can be found here

Trine University has a Direct Entry pathway to admission to the Trine University MPAS program for those meeting the necessary requirements. For more information on the PA Direct Entry path as a future or current Trine University student, see the following link or talk to your academic advisor. Up to 10 seats per cohort are reserved for the Trine University direct entry pathways (high school and Trine University undergraduate direct entry).

The requirements of all undergraduate students in Direct Entry (high school students matriculated into Trine University) and Direct Admission pathways (found under the corresponding header) are:

    • Maintain an undergraduate overall GPA ≥ 3.5
    • Achieve an undergraduate overall prerequisite courses GPA ≥ 3.25
    • Each prerequisite course grade earned is a C or better
    • Take the GRE
    • Complete application through CASPA
    • Must have completed ≥ 200 hours of health care experience including, but not limited to, health care experience, patient contact, shadowing
    • Must meet all other applicable admissions standards

Students from institutions holding an active articulation agreement with Trine University may also follow the direct entry pathway. These students must meet the same requirements as Trine's PA Direct Admission students. Up to 2 seats are reserved for each institution with an active articulation agreement. For institutions wishing to pursue an articulation agreement, please contact pa@trine.edu 

The requirements of all undergraduate students (high school or undergraduate entry) in a direct entry admission pathway are:

    • Maintain an undergraduate overall GPA ≥ 3.5
    • Achieve an undergraduate overall prerequisite courses GPA ≥ 3.25
    • Each prerequisite course grade earned is a C or better
    • Take the GRE
    • Complete application through CASPA
    • Must have completed ≥ 200 hours of health care experience including, but not limited to, health care experience, patient contact, shadowing
    • Must meet all other applicable admissions standards

Trine University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, 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 PA 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.

*The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Trine University Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Trine University. 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. 

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.  Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be October, 2022.
The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC
PA website at: http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-trine-university/ .