Pre-medical advisors within UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences take a personalized approach to helping students understand all of the necessary steps to prepare for the study of medicine.


The University’s location in the middle of a large city, affords students many part-time and summer employment opportunities, allowing them to gain practical health care-related experience or shadow professionals in the field.

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Fast Facts

  • Personalized advising from a pre-health adviser helps students combine their pre-health program with one of more than 30 programs of study in the College of Arts and Sciences spanning natural sciences, humanities and social sciences.
  • The freshman seminar course for pre-health students covers admission to health professions, medical case studies and controversial bioethical issues.
  • Health care is one of the hottest fields, measured by growth in the number and types of jobs available, job satisfaction and salaries offered.

Student Organizations

  • The Pre-Medical Society gives students the opportunity to learn about a variety of healthcare professions, meet admissions officers and current health professional students, volunteer in the community, attend professional conferences and gain valuable leadership experience.


Real World Experience




Career options for pre-med:

  • Medicine
  • Medical research
  • Medical writer or editor



Average range of salaries for medical jobs based in Kansas City:

  • Medical writer, $44,000-$60,000
  • Qualified family practice physician, $137,000-$181,000
  • Qualified emergency room physician, $201,000-$249,000
  • Senior medical director, $201,000-$249,000







Admission Requirements

Any interested student may gain entry into the pre-medical program; there are no admission requirements beyond the regular admission requirements for the University.

Prerequisite Courses



Major Courses

Students participating in the pre-medical program will combine their pre-medical coursework with a major of their choosing in the natural sciences, social sciences, or humanities. Therefore, the major courses required depend upon the major the student chooses.


Courses required for entry into medical schools differ depending upon the school. Pre-medical advisers help students select the correct courses to meet medical school entrance requirements. However, core courses for most medical schools include:

  • one year of biology
  • one year of general chemistry
  • one year of organic chemistry
  • one year of physics
  • one year of English composition and
  • one semester of college algebra

Other Programs Available

An optional minor in Healing and Humanities enables students to explore the complicated nature of health-care relationships by integrating knowledge from the arts and humanities with the social and natural sciences.



  • The interdisciplinary nature of preparation for medical school allows students to learn from faculty in areas including natural and social sciences and the humanities.
  • The College of Arts and Sciences faculty includes several Fulbright Scholars, seven University of Missouri Curators’ Professors (the university’s highest teaching distinction) and many recipients of outstanding research and teaching awards. 

Pre-Health adviser contacts:
816-235-6270 and 816-235-5874

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
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