Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant

Program Goals & Objectives

Program Goals

1. To graduate competent Physician Assistants.

    • Objective 1a: Program PANCE pass rate is equal to or above the national average
      • The program’s five-year first time taker average pass rate for the PANCE is 97% (Class of 2017-2021). The national five-year first time pass rate average (2016-2020) was 95%. National results for 2021 will be available in 2022.
    • Objective 1b: Graduates will meet the published Program graduate competencies and requirements
      • All students must pass a summative exam developed to meet graduate learning competencies at the end of the clinical year. This OSCE assesses each student’s adequate preparation for entry into clinical practice. 100% of the program’s cohorts have passed on the first attempt.

2. To advance the Physician Assistant profession.

•  Objective 2a: Increase employment of PAs in the state of Missouri

Graduates from the first cohort (May 2016) all received full time positions post graduation. 57% of graduates (8 of 14) are practicing in the state of Missouri. Additionally, 4 graduates took positions in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

•  Objective 2b: Prepare graduates to practice in both rural and urban underserved areas

As stated in our mission statement, we strive to educate Physician Assistants who are prepared to meet the healthcare needs of our community, which would include both rural and urban underserved areas in the state of Missouri.  To achieve this goal the UMKC MMSPA Program integrates multiple rural settings and utilizes urban health clinics located in Kansas City for clinical rotations and Practicum courses.  Additionally, PA students complete experiences at Sojourner Clinic, a student run free clinic providing outpatient care to the homeless and underprivileged population.

•  Recruit a highly qualified and diverse faculty and student body

The following data, from the last five cohorts of PA students (2015-2019) serves as evidence of admitting student body that reflects this objective.

Average Undergraduate / Cumulative GPA 3.68
Average Pre-Requisite GPA 3.66
Average GRE Score 308
Average Number of Shadowing Hours 37
Percent of Students from Missouri / Non-Missouri 73% / 27%
Number of States Non-Missouri Students Represent 5
Percent of Female vs. Male Students 70% / 30%
Percent of Underrepresented in Medicine v. Non-Underrepresented Students 12% / 88%


•  Promote a culture of service among students and faculty

As stated in our mission statement, our graduates will advance the Physician Assistant profession through clinical excellence, service, and dedication to professional stewardship.  Students are instructed on professional stewardship early in their education with presentations from the Missouri Academy of Physician Assistants introducing the responsibility of professional involvement.  Students serve the homeless and underprivileged population of Kansas City through Sojourner Clinic, a student run free health clinic.  For the past three years PA students and faculty have adopted a family through Operation Breakthrough to provide support through the holiday season.  Faculty fulfill service commitments as members of numerous Program and School of Medicine committees.  Students are encouraged and allowed opportunity to attend Local, State and National PA meetings such as the Missouri Academy Annual Meeting and the American Academy of Physician Assistants annual conference.