Trine to begin accepting applications for physician assistant program

Trine University will accept applications for its Master of Physician Assistant Studies program beginning April 27.

The program, which is expected to launch in August 2018, awards students the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree, enabling them to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) to earn certification.

According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for physician assistants is expected to continue, with more than 28,000 positions in the field added by 2024, about a 30 percent increase from 2014. Median pay for physician assistants in 2015 was more than $98,000 per year.

“The health care field is seeing and will see a huge demand for qualified physician assistants,” said Max Baumgartner, Ph.D., dean of the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences. “This is an opportunity to meet that need with practitioners who have received a quality education at Trine University.”

Located in the newly renovated Trine University Health Sciences Education Center, 1819 Carew St., Fort Wayne, the 29-month program covers seven semesters. Four semesters of classroom learning take place in the Center’s top-quality classrooms and state-of-the-art Physical Assessment Laboratory, while three semesters of clinical experience give each student practical preparation for his or her professional career.

“Trine physician assistant students will learn from caring faculty who have extensive professional experience in the field, with class sizes managed to allow for personal interaction,” said Dawn LaBarbera, Ph.D., Physician Assistant Program director. “Combined with our excellent facilities and clinical experiences, the Trine MPAS program will prepare students to succeed in this essential, growing field.”

Trine’s Physician Assistant Studies program maintains partnerships with Lutheran and Parkview health systems and the Fort Wayne Area Inter-Professional Education Consortium for Graduate Health Care Education. 

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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.