Pre-Physician Assistant Studies Track

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The pre-physician assistant professional track (Pre-PA) program is designed for students preparing for the Trine University Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program that is anticipated to begin August 2018 or another PA program in the United States.

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 $98,180 in 2015.

From Pre-PA to MPAS

The pre-physician assistant professional track enables students majoring in biology, biochemistrychemistry, 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 Trine University Pre-PA curriculum provides a foundation for entry into PA programs, but students in this program must pay particular attention to the specific prerequisites for their PA program of choice. The Pre-PA provides a foundation that is generally acceptable for entry into Trine University’s Masters of Physician Assistant Studies. 

Entering students who have achieved superior academic performance in high school may apply for the Trine University PA Direct Entry program. Learn more about the PA Direct Entry program.

Guidance along the way

The Pre-PA program gives 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.