ANGOLA, Ind. – Trine University is making history with a new school and a first-ever
doctorate, and an integral part of this advancement is the new dean and program director.
The new School of Health Sciences, Trine's sixth school, will initially offer the
university's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. However, Trine is considering other
health care-related programming within the new school.
"This is an exciting and historic time at Trine as we add the School of Health Sciences
and offer our first doctoral program," said Trine president Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D.
"It is with great preparation and deliberation that we add this school and program
to prepare students to meet the growing regional and national demand for physical
At the helm of the school and new Doctor of Physical Therapy program is Max Baumgartner,
P.T., Ph.D., of Perrysburg, Ohio. Baumgartner, who was hired Jan. 2, came to Trine
from the University of Toledo (Ohio).
"Dr. Baumgartner is a capable and experienced physical therapist who will lead Trine
through the accreditation process with the Higher Learning Commission and the Commission
on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education," Brooks said. "He brings with him
more than 20 years of clinical experience and 15 years of academic experience."
The doctoral program in partnership with Parkview Hospital and Lutheran Hospital of
Indiana, both in Fort Wayne, will be located on Parkview's Randallia campus in the
former Fort Wayne Cardiology building. The 66,000-square-foot facility is being renovated
to house a state-of-the art biomechanics and movement sciences lab, along with classrooms
and offices to support faculty and staff.
"I'm privileged to be a part of this growth and change at Trine," Baumgartner said.
"I look forward to carrying Trine's tradition of excellence and innovation into the
School of Health Sciences, and to ensuring the success of this new doctoral program."
Doctoral program details
Trine plans to offer a 3+3 program, a viable model used by several other universities,
Baumgartner said. This program would give Trine students the advantage of earning
a doctorate in six years, compared to seven years for students who complete a bachelor
degree elsewhere and then are accepted into Trine's doctoral program. The program
for which Trine is in the process of seeking accreditation would enable qualified
Trine students to enter the physical therapy doctorate program after three years of
undergraduate work. After completing the first year in the physical therapy program,
students would earn a Bachelor of Science degree in either exercise science or biology,
he said. Students would then continue for two more years to earn their doctor of physical
The program will help meet growing demand for more physical therapists with doctorate
degrees, Baumgartner said. "As the knowledge base in the field has grown, physical
therapists have had to increase their studies, making doctorate degrees the new standard,"
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 39 percent growth in the number
of physical therapists needed through 2020, and reports the median wage in 2010 was
$76,310 (the most recent figure available).
Trine is seeking status as "candidate for accreditation" from the Commission on Accreditation
in Physical Therapy Education and from the Higher Learning Commission with plans to
begin accepting applications in fall 2013 with a target enrollment of 30 students.
Letters of acceptance are scheduled to be sent in spring 2014, with classes projected
to begin in fall 2014.
Baumgartner earned a Doctorate of Philosophy degree and an education specialist certification,
both in computing technology in education, from Nova Southeastern University in Fort
Lauderdale, Fla.; a Master of Science in physical therapy from the University of Saint
Augustine, Saint Augustine, Fla.; and a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy and
a Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of Toledo.
He also completed a fellowship at the University of Saint Augustine, Institute of
Trine's new School of Health Sciences is the university's sixth school. Other schools
at Trine are the Allen School of Engineering & Technology, Franks School of Education,
Jannen School of Arts & Sciences, Ketner School of Business and School of Professional
Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission
on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street,
Alexandria, VA 22314; phone, 703-706-3245; firstname.lastname@example.org is necessary for
eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
Trine University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program
from CAPTE. The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal
application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does
not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement
of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional
phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses
until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement
of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation,
it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.
Trine will also seek approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer courses
and a program at a new degree level (doctorate).