MPAS Frequently Asked Questions
The CASPA application process for the Trine MPAS admissions cycle opens in 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 by the application deadline. Rolling Admissions means that competitive, completed and verified applications will be considered as they are received.
Trine University will accept both the new SAT and the old SAT. We will use a concordance table to determine your highest scores on the new SAT to convert it to the old SAT for an appropriate admission decision and merit scholarship. Sending your scores each time you take the SAT can benefit you by allowing Trine to consider you for all available merit scholarships and enrollment opportunities.
Competitive applicants have:
- The following GPA
- 3.5 or above cumulative
- 3.5 or above hard science
- Relevant and rigorous 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
See FAQ 10 for a list of subjects calculated in the hard science GPA and defined as other relevant coursework
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)
The didactic phase includes a one-credit hour genetics course and three one-credit hour pharmacology courses. The curriculum connects clinical relevance to basic medical science content as part of the skill and knowledge built through additional coursework and clinical experiences. Thus, a strong foundation in hard sciences coursework would best prepare you for a graduate-level curriculum in physician assistant studies.
For additional recommended coursework, see FAQ 10.
Rigorous courses are those designed for science majors as opposed to lower-level survey courses. 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.
You may apply but the Program will not accept prerequisite course grades lower than C. You must successfully repeat prerequisite courses at the same or higher level and credit hours.
The GPA's include lecture and, where applicable, lab section grades for the following subjects:
The Program considers relevant information included in the application and shared in the interview sessions that answer the above question.
Applicants can assess “fit with the program” by considering what they expect and want from a graduate education in their discipline of choice in terms of skills and knowledge, connections (building a professional network), hand-on experience, diversity, professional and community service opportunities, and so on.
Additionally, applicants should prioritize what matters most about graduate school. Consider cost, length of study, curriculum alignment with learning goals, location, atmosphere, learning environment, variety and geographic distribution of clinical placements, and other important factors.
Do I meet all the requirements? (Refer to Admission Requirements.)
- Do I exceed where possible?
- Do I have the plus of direct patient care experience?
- Am I prepared with rigorous science courses over survey courses?
- Is my written communication top-notch?
- Have I practiced general interview skills?
The consortium gathers 3 times a year as a collaborative effort to:
- Introduce the students to the team concept of health care, strengthen patient outcomes and add value to the community
- The opportunity for a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care and problem solving
- The foundation to develop a healthy team approach to patient care
- The opportunity for faculty from different institutions to collaborate
One must complete the FAFSA to apply for federal aid
- We do not require students to have completed a FAFSA at the time admitted into any program
- You have a large window to apply for aid as the FAFSA application period runs from October 1 through June 30 each year
- You cannot use financial aid to pay seat deposits
- You may add schools to the FAFSA after submitting it
At its 2023M meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the Trine University Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Trine University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in 2025M.
Probation accreditation is a temporary accreditation status initially of not less than two years. However, that period may be extended by the ARC-PA for up to an additional two years if the ARC-PA finds that the program is making substantial progress toward meeting all applicable standards but requires additional time to come into full compliance. Probation accreditation status is granted, at the sole discretion of the ARC-PA, when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation - Provisional or Accreditation - Continued does not, in the judgment of the ARC-PA, meet the Standards or when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.
Once placed on probation, a program that fails to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and is subject to having its accreditation withdrawn.
Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).
The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at https://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-trine-university/.