Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant

Welcome to the Program


Highly Skilled & in Demand
  • Physician Assistants (PAs) are nationally certified, state-licensed medical professionals who practice medicine with the supervision of a physician.
  • The profession began nearly 50 years ago in response to the primary care physician shortage.
  • PAs may perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medication, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures, assist in surgery, provide patient education and counseling and make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes.
Innovative Education
  • A cohort of 20 students starts the 7-semester program each January.
  • A combination of classroom and clinical training modeled on a medical school curriculum prepares the PA to work in a variety of specialties and settings.
  • The UMKC program is one of three PA education programs in Missouri and the only program housed within a school of medicine.
The Future Looks Bright
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that PAs will be the second-fastest-growing profession in the next decade.
  • There is a continued need for more PAs to help ensure access to care due to physician shortages, the prospects of an aging population and increased access to health care under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • Due to general medical training, PAs have flexibility in the types of medicine they can practice, can be responsive to changing health care needs, and are uniquely placed to provide preventive care services in all settings, from primary care to surgery. Graduates may transition into different specialties, as needed or desired, with limited additional training.