Trine University DPT Program Newsletter
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Director Hired for New Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Matthew Austin, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC

Welcome to Fort Wayne Dr. Austin! Trine’s PTA program will be based in the newly renovated, state-of-the-art Health Sciences Education Center on Parkview Hospital’s Randallia campus, alongside and integrated with the university’s recently accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Trine University will begin taking applications for the PTA program in 2019, pending approval from CAPTE, for fall 2020.

“Upon graduation, students will have the ability to work in one of fastest-growing fields and pursue their passion for helping others through physical rehabilitation,” said Austin. “The PTA program at Trine University will be special in that graduates will not only have a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, they will have the opportunity to work in the classroom with their future Doctor of Physical Therapy colleagues. Graduates of Trine University’s PTA program will have the knowledge, competence and commitment to professional service to be leaders among their peers.”

Therapy Dog Team

DPT Student, Sarah Botts with her "furbaby" Maisey

After obtaining her Canine Good Citizen certification through the American Kennel Club and passing an observation with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs (ATD), Sarah and Maisey were ready for their Therapy Dog class. They visited nursing homes weekly for five weeks, and after additional observations under the watch of an ATD member, they officially became a Therapy Dog Team.

"Maisey has a special love for children, so I've reached out to many pediatric facilities in Fort Wayne. Last month we visited a preschool and it was a blast! I love to bring her anywhere and everywhere and am always open to new places," said Botts. "Hopefully someday Maisey will be able to provide therapy to my own patients, and we'll always continue visiting different places so she can spread happiness and smiles!"

APTA Credentialed
Clinical Instructor Program

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - Friday, May 11, 2018

We are pleased to host a Clinical Instructor Program here at our Carew Street campus in Fort Wayne! Sponsors are Trine University and University of Indianapolis, Departments of Physical Therapy along with University of Saint Francis, Department of Physical Therapist Assistant Studies. This course is intended to provide persons involved in delivering clinical education in all health care disciplines with a series of skills and tools for enhancing the effectiveness of the clinical education process. The course consists of two parts: 1) Didactic instruction via an interactive course format, and 2) A six-station self-scored Assessment Center that allows participants the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and skills obtained through the course. Approximately 16 hours of instruction, discussion, and assessment are provided.

If you're interested in attending or would like additional information, please contact Fawn Smith at

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Upcoming Events

March 14, 2018:
DPT Class of 2019 begins their first full-time (4 week) Clinical Practicum

March 15, 2018:
Fort Wayne MedEd Research Day

March 19, 2018:
Advisory Board Meeting

May 3, 2018
Hooding Ceremony

May 5, 2018
Graduation Ceremony

May 10-11, 2018
Hosting Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program

July 20, 2018
New Student Orientation

August 31, 2018
White Coat Ceremony

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Trine University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

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