Trine receives $50,000 grant for MPAS equipment

July 13, 2017

FORT WAYNE — The Dr. Louis and Anne B. Schneider Trust has provided a $50,000 grant toward equipment for Trine University’s emerging Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program.

The Schneider Trust is part of the PNC Charitable Trusts administered through PNC Bank, which issues more than $50 million in grants annually to nonprofit organizations from the more than 175 perpetual charitable trusts and private foundations for which PNC is trustee. PNC funds grant requests that demonstrate a capacity and commitment to charitable service and enhance the quality of life.

“We appreciate the support of the Schneider Trust as we continue to develop Trine’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies program,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine University president. “The generosity of organizations like PNC will enable Trine to offer a quality program that will have a positive impact on the greater Fort Wayne area and meet a vital need in the health care industry.”

“This grant will help us purchase state-of-the-art equipment in order to offer Trine MPAS students the opportunity to work with the latest medical technology as they prepare for their careers,” said Max Baumgartner, Ph.D., dean of Trine’s Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences.

Trine University began accepting applications for its MPAS program in April, with the program expected to launch in August 2018. Located in Trine’s Health Sciences Education Center in Fort Wayne, the MPAS degree will allow graduates to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) to earn certification.

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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.

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