Trine to start PA signup

April 17th, 2017

KPC News - The Star

Trine University will accept applications for its Master of Physician Assistant Studies program beginning April 27.

The program, which is expected to launch in August 2018, awards students the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree, enabling them to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) to earn certification.

According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for physician assistants is expected to continue, with more than 28,000 positions in the field added by 2024, about a 30 percent increase from 2014. Median pay for physician assistants in 2015 was more than $98,000 per year.

“The health care field is seeing and will see a huge demand for qualified physician assistants,” said Max Baumgartner, dean of the Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences. “This is an opportunity to meet that need with practitioners who have received a quality education at Trine University.”

Located in the newly renovated Trine University Health Sciences Education Center, 1819 Carew St., Fort Wayne, the 29-month program covers seven semesters. Four semesters of classroom learning take place in the center’s classrooms and Physical Assessment Laboratory, while three semesters of clinical experience give each student practical preparation for his or her professional career.

Trine’s Physician Assistant Studies program maintains partnerships with Lutheran and Parkview health systems and the Fort Wayne Area Inter-Professional Education Consortium for Graduate Health Care Education.