PA Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline for applying? 

The CASPA site opens April 27, 2017, for applying to our first class. The CASPA application process for each of Trine PA’s admissions cycles closes March 1, 2018. One should apply early so all materials are entered and verified by CASPA by the closing date. 

What is the deadline for registering?

Applicants invited to join the class will receive enrollment/registration information in the late spring/early summer to be ready to start the program in August. 

Does Trine University's PA Program require the GRE?

Yes. A combined score of 300 is considered competitive.

What is your CASPA GRE code?

The CASPA GRE Designated Institution Code for Trine University is 7343.

Can I apply if I have a course grade lower than a "C"?       

No, we will not accept your application. We encourage those with a course grade lower than a "C" to either retake the course, or take an equivalent subject course, at the same level and credit hours.

What should I do if my prerequisite courses/GPA is not meeting your admissions standard?

Consider retaking courses to improve your grades, and most importantly, your knowledge base. It is one thing to be accepted into PA school and another to be well prepared and set up for success. Take courses at accredited institutions. Look for courses that a typical pre-med student would take and avoid lower level and general survey courses. Show the admissions committee that you are competent and capable to handle the rigors of a PA program. Please also refer to the conditional acceptance admissions criteria.

Do I need to have completed all admission requirements prior to applying to your program? (e.g. prerequisites, GRE General Test, completion of Bachelor degree, etc.)

You may apply prior to completion of admission requirements. These should be immediately updated in CASPA as you fulfill them. All requirements must be successfully completed before matriculation into the program in August 2018. Any admissions interviews and acceptance offers are contingent upon this.

What does “discernment process into the PA profession” mean?

Consider what led you to decide that the PA profession is right for you and conversely how you are a fit for the profession. Give specific examples such as health care experiences (personal or on the job), interactions with patients, job shadowing, etc.

Does Trine University's PA Program accept international students?

Trine University is applying for USCIS for the next admission cycle (2018-2019).  Currently, we are not accepting international students for the 2017-2018 cycle.  It is likely that anyone with non-resident status who has a valid student visa status will be able to apply for the next admissions cycle.  Please check the Trine PA FAQ page during the next admissions cycle for confirmation of USCIS status.

If I earned a Bachelor degree from a non-US institution, would I meet the requirement for “Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to entry into the PA program”?

Yes, if you submit a WES (World Education Services) Foreign Evaluation authenticating your credentials as equivalent to those of a degree from a regionally accredited institution.

If I attended a non-English speaking institution, are there any additional requirements?

For those who have met requirements through WES equivalency from non-English speaking institutions, the IELTS (6.5) or TOEFL (79) minimum are required with minimum scores indicated in parentheses.

Can I visit your facilities?

The construction of the PA area is now complete. We will have the opportunity to showcase our progress during admissions interviews and at other select times.

Do you have admissions interviews?

The PA Program will be interviewing candidates on a rolling basis throughout Spring and Summer semester 2018 offering seats with each interview session until the class is filled.

Do you have a supplemental application? 

No. Candidates are asked to complete some additional items for Trine through the CASPA process. 

What can I do to improve my application to the Trine PA Program?

PA programs traditionally receive hundreds of applications to their programs each year. With such a high volume of applicants, it’s difficult to take the time to provide advice on an individual basis. The PA Program Admissions Committee recommends a personal reflection process to identify both areas of strength and areas of weakness while applying. An example could be retaking the GRE to obtain a score higher than the recommended 300 score, obtaining more healthcare experience/shadowing hours, and retaking courses to improve grades and GPAs.

Do you have a tuition deposit?

Trine University PA Program requires confirmation of your seat in the class with a two-part non-refundable* tuition deposit of $500.00 each time. The first deposit will be required within three (3) weeks of your formal offer to hold your seat. The second deposit will be three (3) weeks after the first deposit to confirm your ongoing commitment to start the program. Should an applicant be offered a seat close to the program’s start date, the deposits will be due sooner.

*If Trine’s program is not approved by the ARC-PA to begin in August 2018, the tuition deposits will be refunded. 

What does your academic schedule for the program look like?

The PA student start date matches the Trine University’s undergraduate Fall schedule. The 4 semester didactic phase will follow the undergraduate schedule per the registrar’s site. The program’s 3 semester clinical phase will be continuous weeks beginning in January until graduation in December. A didactic phase orientation will precede the start date.

What does your academic calendar look like for the PA students?

August 2018 is the start of the program for the first cohort, pending ARC-PA approval. The four didactic semesters match the general Trine University schedule. The clinical phase starts January 2020 and runs through until finals/graduation December 2020. The exact dates will be determined by the program and given in advance of the clinical year.

What is the cost of the program?

See PA Tuition and Fees.

What do you do with the fees for the didactic and clinical phases?

These fees are used to support PA student education including your background checks, cadavers for anatomy class, equipment and supplies associated with your procedure labs, standardized patients, end of rotation tests, mock board exams and the like. 

What does it mean that Trine University is seeking accreditation? Can you explain the accreditation process?

Trine University has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). We anticipate matriculating our 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.

Where are the PA Program classes going to be located?

The program will be located at 1819 Carew Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46805 between the campuses of Parkview Randallia hospital and the VA hospital. Some of the interprofessional education events will be hosted at partnering institutions in Fort Wayne. 

Where will I do my clinical experiences?

The PA program is creating partnerships for the clinical rotations. While some of the supervised clinical experiences are local to Fort Wayne, the general rule is to expect to travel up to 45 minutes to an hour. Students will need reliable transportation for the duration of the program. Expect to travel. Plan for up to 1-2 distance rotations which will require student housing.

Can I work while I am in the PA Program?

Due to the time intensive nature of the program, employment is highly discouraged, except over the winter break.

Can I attend the PA Program part-time?

No. The PA program is a full-time program.

Does Trine provide housing for PA Program students?

Not at this time. Students will need to secure their housing from one of many options in the Fort Wayne area. During a clinical outside of the area, plan for housing cost.

Can I transfer from another PA Program?

No. Students coming from another PA program will be required to complete the full PA curriculum. 

How large do you anticipate your class will be?

The Trine plan is to matriculate 28 students in August 2018; 32 in August 2019; and 36 in August 2020. This plan is contingent upon ARC-PA approval of program and program’s class size.

How many seats are reserved for the undergraduate Direct Admissions Track? 

The program will reserve up to 10 seats for Trine students in the direct entry program. Any of these seats not filled by direct entry students will be available through the regular CASPA admission process.

Does Trine award scholarships for students enrolled in the PA Program?

No. We do not currently offer PA scholarships.  

What are the requirements for financial aid at Trine?

Financial Aid questions should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid located at the main Trine campus in Angola, IN.

Contact information:
Call: 260-665-4158 or 800.347.4878
Fax: 260-665.4511
Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm

Does my MPAS degree allow me to practice as a PA?

Your degree enables you to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) to earn your certification. You also need to obtain your licensure. Completion of an accredited PA program does not automatically guarantee that the individual can practice as a physician assistant.