Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant

Policies & Procedures

General Policies

This page is intended to be a general overview of the PA program policies.  A complete guide to these policies is contained in the PA program student handbook and the School of Medicine handbook, distributed to all matriculating students.

Background Check

Once offered admission to the program, all matriculating students will be subject to a background check to be completed prior to matriculation.  The program will follow background check procedures utilized by other programs within the UMKC School of Medicine.  Should criminal or other dubious legal histories be uncovered during the background check, the program reserves the right to rescind offers of admission.

Advanced Placement

Course work in the Physician Assistant program is different from most traditional gradute programs.  Due to the knowledge base of each semester building on the knowledge base from the previous semester, it is vital that all students of the UMKC Physician Assistant program complete the required work in the prescribed sequence.  No advanced placement within the PA program will be allowed for prior academic or clinical experience.


The Program will not employ any physician assistant student as a graduate assistant or in any other capacity within the program.  Students enrolled in the PA program cannot substitute for practicing physician assistants or provide unsupervised services while at any clinical site.  UMKC employee policies do not apply to students while in the Program.  PA student, credentialed or licensed in other non-PA professions cannot function in that role while in the role of a PA student.

While the program does not encourage students to work during the didactic or clinical years of the program, the program does not prevent students from obtaining outside employment.  The program will not make any exceptions, due to outside employment, in regard to course work or clinical assignments for the student who does engage in outside employment.