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PA Admission Requirements*

Pre-PA Undergraduate program and PA Direct Entry Admissions -  [ Learn More  ]

The pre-PA professional track is designed for students preparing to apply to a Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. This track can be associated with majors in biologybiochemistrychemistry, or biomedical engineering.

First-year students who have achieved superior academic performance in high school may apply for the Trine University PA Direct Entry program.

PA Graduate Admission - [ CASPA Application ]

Graduate admission requirements for the Trine University Master of Physician Assistant Studies* include:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited 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.
  • Prerequisite course work taken at regionally accredited US college or university.  The courses are expected to be of a rigorous nature as opposed to lower level survey courses.
  • Prerequisite courses:
    • One semester of microbiology with lab (minimum 3 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours)
    • One semester of organic chemistry (minimum 3 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours)
    • Two semesters of human anatomy and physiology with lab (minimum 6 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours)
    • One semester of biochemistry (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
    • One semester of statistics (minimum 3 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours)
    • One semester of psychology (minimum 3 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours)
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better with no single individual course grade lower than "C".
  • Competitive applicants will usually apply with more than the minimum requirements.
  • Complete the CASPA application online.
    • At least two professional or academic letters of recommendation.
  • Completion of the GRE General test within the last 5 years.  A combined verbal/ quantitative score of 300 minimum is considered competitive.
  • Patient contact experience is not required, but is highly recommended, particularly to demonstrate a discernment process to enter the PA profession.
  • All applicants must meet the Technical Standards.
  • All applicants must be a US citizen or legal resident.
  • Submit complete official transcripts from all necessary schools to Trine University after acceptance as part of the enrollment process.

Conditional Admission

An applicant who has not earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in an undergraduate degree program may be considered for a conditional admission review as part of the PA competitive admissions process.  Applicants are required to complete the related optional fields in the CASPA application which include:

  • A narrative describing the challenges or extenuating circumstances that led to the applicant earning less than 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work.
  • A description of specific strategies he/ she will use to ensure academic progress within the Physician Assistant graduate degree program.
  • A curriculum vita or resume indicating positions held that demonstrate task commitment, knowledge and skill relevant to the applicable course of Physician Assistant study.
  • At least one CASPA letter of recommendation should be from a professional colleague who can address the applicant's situation and current potential for success.
  • Completion of the GRE General test within the last 5 years.  A combined verbal/ quantitative score of 300 minimum is considered competitive. 

A student admitted conditionally will become a graduate student in good standing upon completion of the first semester PA courses maintaining a C+ or better in each course. A conditional graduate student not garnering a grade of C+ or better in each of his/her first semester PA courses falls under the Academic Performance Committee.

Admissions Decisions

Applications will be reviewed by the PA Program Admission Committee. A recommendation may be made to the School of Health Sciences Dean for conditional admission. Up to 10 seats may be reserved for direct admissions/articulating applicants.

Transfer of Credit Policy

The PA program at Trine University does not accept transfer students/ credits into the Direct Admissions or Graduate Program.  The PA graduate program does not permit credit by examination, nor does it award advanced placement.

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


*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.