Step 1: Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)
All applicants must apply through CASPA, which becomes available in April. Please follow the instructions provided on the CASPA application. Once the application has been verified by CASPA, it will be sent to the programs to which you have applied. The CASPA application must be submitted and verified by August 1.
Note: For answers to frequently asked questions regarding the CASPA application, please click HERE.
Letters of Recommendation
The School of Medicine participates in the CASPA letter of recommendation program, and all letters of recommendation must be submitted through the CASPA letter of recommendation service by August 1. Letters of recommendation sent directly to the School of Medicine will not be accepted or used in the admission process. It is recommended that letters come from those who can speak to your academic ability and other personal characteristics as they relate to becoming a Physician Assistant. Family members and/or friends of the family should not provide letters of recommendation. Three professional or academic letters of recommendation are required.
Step 2: Secondary Application Process
General Application for Admission to UMKC
All applicants must complete and submit the General Application for Admission to UMKC. When selecting a graduate program/major, select “Physician Assistant – MMS.” The application and $50 application fee must be submitted by August 1.
Step 3: PA Student Portal Process
Shadowing Experience Verification Forms
Experience shadowing a PA is required prior to the application deadline. A minimum of 8 hours of shadowing is required. To successfully verify shadowing experience, applicants must either have their shadowing experiences verified electronically by the shadowing provider or use the electronic Shadowing Experience Verification Form provided through the PA Student Portal (after the CASPA application has been verified).
- Note: the shadowing requirement has been waived for the Spring 2023 cycle.
Applicants can verify shadowing experiences one of two ways:
- To verify a shadowing experience electronically, an applicant will need to list the name(s) and email address(es) of those providing a shadowing experience verification form in the PA Student Portal. After entering the information for each person electronically verifying the experience, an applicant will need to click “Send Email Request” in order for the person providing the verification to receive instructions for completing the online PA Program Shadowing Experience Verification Form.
- To verify a shadowing experience with the Shadowing Experience Verification Form, applicants must download, print, and complete the information at the bottom of the form. After completing the information, ask the provider who supervised your experience to sign and date the verification form. An applicant will need to list the name(s) and email address(es) of those providing a shadowing experience verification form in the PA Student Portal (after the CASPA application has been verified). The PDF form should then be submitted directly to the PA Student Portal. Once the PA Student Portal has been submitted, no changes or additions to the PA Student Portal, including the shadowing experience section, may be made.
Technical Standards and Student Portal
All applicants must submit the MMSPA program Technical Standards. Once the CASPA application has been verified, applicants will receive information related to the electronic completion of the Technical Standards. Applicants will not receive this information until they have been verified by CASPA.
By receiving the information related to the Technical Standards, applicants will gain access to the UMKC student portal. In the UMKC student portal, applicants must sign the technical standards and complete a final submission of the supplemental application. The final submission cannot be completed until the CASPA application has been verified, the General Application for Admission to UMKC has been processed, the Shadowing Experience Verification Form has been completed and the Technical Standards have been signed. Applicants can only complete the final submission after all application components are marked as complete in the UMKC student portals under the Supplemental Application tab.
Step 4: Interviews
After the review of all applications, the admissions committee will determine which candidates are selected for an interview. If selected for an interview, candidates are required to be present at the date and time of the interview. All candidates invited to interview must interview in person at the School of Medicine. No phone interviews are permitted.
After all selected candidates have completed the interview process, the admissions committee will extend offers of admission to those candidates who best qualify for the program. A holistic and individualized process is used when considering candidates. Candidates will be notified electronically of the program’s decision regarding admission.
Admission to the Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant program is based on a combination of academic performance and demonstration of other non-cognitive characteristics including: professionalism including reliability and accountability; honesty and integrity; compassion and respect; maturity including tolerance of anxiety and stress management; leadership; motivation for providing health care; and co-curricular and work experience.
The MMSPA program admissions committee will review complete applications and determine which students should be invited for interview. After all invited applicants have been interviewed the admissions committee will extend offers of admission to those candidates who best qualify for the program. A holistic and individualized process is used when considering applicants and all applicants will be notified electronically of the admissions decision.
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Equal access to the School of Medicine will be offered to all candidates regardless of race, sex, religious persuasion, sexual orientation, or national origin, provided they meet the other criteria expressed in the statement of intent. The School of Medicine does not employ a quota system when reviewing and admitting applicants. All applicants are reviewed individually and holistically.
If you have any questions about your application or the application process, please do not hesitate to contact the School of Medicine Office of Admissions at 816-235-1870 or email@example.com.
August 1 is the final deadline. The CASPA application must be verified by this deadline, and all accompanying CASPA required materials must be received (official transcripts, official test scores, and reference forms). The General Application for Admission to UMKC is also due by August 1, and the UMKC PA Student Portal submission, including acknowledgement of the Technical Standards and completion of the Shadowing Verification sections, must be complete by August 15. If any of these materials are submitted after the deadline, the application will be considered late and reviewed with other late applications at the discretion of the admissions committee. The admissions committee does not guarantee the review of applications that become complete late. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Once admissions decisions have been made, no other applications for admission will be considered.