Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant

General Information about the Program

The Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant Program is a seven-semester program based in the UMKC School of Medicine. Students enrolled in our program benefit from the extensive medical education resources offered by the School of Medicine, such as the Clinical Training Facility, Health Sciences library, and Medical Education Media Center.  Our Kansas City location is in the heart of the city offering access to community health centers, academic medical affiliates, and surrounding rural locations, which allow the program to offer a wide variety of settings that serve diverse patient populations.

Vision Statement

The UMKC MMSPA Program will be a leader in PA education recognized by the quality of our graduates, community partnerships, and academic excellence.

Mission Statement

To educate competent, compassionate, and culturally-aware Physician Assistants who are prepared to meet the healthcare needs of our community. Graduates will advance the Physician Assistant profession through clinical excellence, service, and dedication to professional stewardship.

Accreditation Statement

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the University of Missouri-Kansas City Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.

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.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status.  It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

Graduate Performance on Certification Exam

The inaugural class (cohort) of Physician Assistant students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City graduated in May 2016.  This class achieved a 100% pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) administered through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Review the NCCPA pass rate summary report