• Our six-year baccalaureate/medical degree program and our docent mentoring system expertly prepare tomorrow's physicians in unique and innovative ways.

Fast Facts

  • Complete a bachelor's degree and medical school in six years
  • Most students enter directly from high school
  • Strong clinical component - more opportunities for direct patient contact and care
  • Two degrees integrated throughout curriculum
  • More than 2,600 graduates

Student Organizations

  • American Medical Association Medical Student Section
  • American Medical Student Association
  • American Medical Women's Association
  • Emergency Medicine Interest Group
  • Family Medicine Interest Group
  • GlobeMed
  • Medical Humanities Interest Group
  • Medical Student Advisory Council
  • Student National Medicine Association
  • International Federation of Medical Students Association

Real World Experience

  • You will develop the skills necessary to become a safe and caring physician while working in clinical settings with patients, peers and faculty.


  • More than 40 percent of graduates choose primary care specialties, family practice, internal medicine, or pediatrics
  • Graduates have matched in prestigious residency programs such as Johns Hopkins, the Mayo Clinic, Baylor University, University of California-San Francisco and Massachusetts General
  • UMKC residency programs include: anesthesia, community and family medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, medicine/pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopaedic surgery, pathology, pediatrics, psychiatry, radiology, surgery, thoracic surgery
  • 40 percent of graduates practice in Missouri after residency









Admission Requirements

  • Fully admissible to UMKC (17 core requirements)
  • Missouri residents: top 20 percent of class; ACT of 26 or above
  • Non-Missouri residents: top 10 percent of class; ACT of 28 or above OR SAT composite of 1200 (critical reading and math)
  • Must be U.S. citizens or awarded permanent resident visa status by application deadline
  • Students under serious consideration are invited to interview

Prerequisite Courses

  • Mathematics - four units (unit = one year of high school)
  • English - four units
  • Science - three units (must include Chemistry and Biology)
  • Social Studies - three units
  • Foreign Language - two units
  • Fine Arts - one unit (visual arts, music, dance, or theater
  • Students are encouraged, but not required, to take courses for college credit (AP, IB, dual credit)

Major Courses

required courses

The requirements for the baccalaureate degree vary, based on the choice of undergraduate degree.

  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 90 hours of non-medical courses in English, fine arts, government, history, humanities, literature, natural science, philosophy and social/behavioral science
  • Additional 30 hours toward bacalaureate degree are awarded through medical courses
  • Students enrolled in B.A./M.D. program must complete a minimum of 38 hours of credit through the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Biological Sciences regardless of the amount of previous credit earned
  • Students must have completed satisfactorily the requirements for the baccalaureate degree and 38 months of medical curriculum credit
  • Certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Docent certfication of clinical competence
  • Cumulative GPA 2.7 to 4.0
  • Passing scores on Steps 1 and 2 of U.S. Medical Licensing Board
  • 48 months of enrollment in the School of Medicine Years 3-6
  • At least three clinical electives from three of the nine elective categories approved by the School of Medicine
  • Evaluation of the quality of their experience through course and performance evaluations, a graduation questionnaire and a survery of their performance at the end of their first postgraduate year

Other Programs Available

  • M.D.-only: for students who have graduated with the minimum of a bachelor's degree. MDO students complete the last four years of the medical school's combined-degree curriculum

  • Advanced Standing: for students who have completed the first two years of a traditional medical school curriculum

  • Master's of Science in Anesthesia (anesthesiologist assistants): First class accepted in 2008

  • Oral Surgery/M.D.: Limited to dental school graduates. Students complete Oral Surgery Residency and medical school requirements


Curriculum is based on Docent System (docent means teacher). At UMKC, docents are:

  • Teaching physician mentors working with small groups of medical students.
    • Years 1 and 2 student teams work with primary care physicians half day per week
    • Years 3 - 6 student teams led by internal medicine faculty at Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill and Saint Luke's Hospital
  • Primary Hospital affiliations include the following: Children's Mercy Hospital, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, Truman Medical Center-Hospital Hill, Truman Medical Center-Lakewood, Western Missouri Mental Health Center and the Veterans Administration of Kansas City, Mo.


    Council on Selection
    UMKC School of Medicine
    2411 Holmes St.
    Kansas City, MO 64108-2792
    816-235-1870 or 1783

Contact us

UMKC Office of Admissions
120 Administrative Center
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
(816) 235-1111
Individuals with speech or hearing impairments may
call Relay Missouri at:
1-800-735-2966 (TT)
1-800-735-2466 (voice)


Visit us

Contact the UMKC Welcome Center at 816-235-UMKC (8652), or toll-free at 1-800-775-UMKC (8652), and we'll arrange a guided campus tour and a meeting with faculty and staff.