PA Scholars Program

Admission Requirements


Requirements for Consideration

In order to be considered for the PA Scholars program, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Attend an institution with whom UMKC has partnered to offer the PA Scholars program:
    • University of Missouri – Kansas City
    • University of Missouri – Columbia
    • University of Missouri – St. Louis
    • Missouri University of Science and Technology
    • Avila University
    • Truman State University
    • Rockhurst University
  • Obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher at the time of application.
    • Students must earn a grade of B- or better in all science coursework.  Students who do not earn a B- or better in all science coursework will not be eligible for admission.
  • Complete at least 24 hours of shadowing a physician assistant. (Due to COVID-19 restrictions, shadowing is recommended, but not required for the 2020 application cycle.)
Application review & selection process

Students should submit the following applications and application materials to medicine@umkc.edu. 

  • School of Medicine PA Scholars application
  • College and/or university transcripts displaying grades through the point of application
  • Essay (Applicants may address how COVID-19 restrictions have impacted their application for the 2020 cycle.)
  • Résumé or CV
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation.  At least one letter must be submitted from a faculty member.
  • Shadowing Experience Verification Form,
    • Verifying at least 24 hours of shadowing a physician assistant for the PA program.

** Note: the required PA shadowing hours may not be fulfilled within employment, internship, or class experiences.

Final Requirements for Students Offered Admission to the MMSPA Scholars Program

Matriculation to the School of Medicine Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant Program is contingent upon meeting the following requirements:

  • Earn a baccalaureate degree from a partner institution prior to entering the School of Medicine MMSPA program.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the following pre-requisite courses:
    • One semester of biology with lab,
    • Two semesters of chemistry (or equivalent) with lab,
    • One semester of human anatomy with lab,
    • One semester of human physiology with lab,
      • One semester of a combined human anatomy and physiology course with lab (4 credit hour course) will be accepted.
    • One semester of microbiology with lab,
    • One semester of biochemistry (upper level course),
    • One semester of organic chemistry with lab,
    • One semester of statistics,
    • One medical terminology course.
    • Students must earn a grade of B- or better in all pre-requisite coursework.
  • At graduation, provide a letter of support from an academic advisor or faculty member addressing professionalism.
  • Submit to and pass a criminal background check prior to matriculation.
  • Submit the School of Medicine MMSPA Technical Standards.
  • Submit the general application for admission to UMKC.
  • Submit the CASPA application.
  • Note: the GRE or MCAT is not required for students admitted through PA Scholars.