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University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Medicine: Medical Scholars Program

University of Missouri – Kansas City, School of Medicine: Medical Scholars Program2018-02-27T19:05:42-05:00

The UMKC School of Medicine offers a Medical Scholars program for early and guaranteed admission to Missouri Western students interested in applying to medical school.  This program is designed for early admission into the School of Medicine’s M.D. Program for students currently in their sophomore or junior year of college.

Application Timeline

May 1: Medical Scholars Program Application becomes available.
Current college students may apply to the program during the summer between their sophomore and junior year or junior and senior year of college.

September 1: Application deadline.
The School of Medicine Medical Scholars program application and all supporting documents must also be postmarked by this date, including college transcripts, personal statement, resume and letters of recommendation.

Requirements for Consideration
To be considered for the Medical Scholars program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher at the end of their sophomore year.
  • A grade of “B” or higher in science coursework.
  • Students must present a full application which will include the following:
    • Medical Scholars Program Application.
    • College transcript displaying grades through the point of application.
    • Personal statement or essay addressing the following: What has motivated you to study medicine? Why are you interested in the UMKC Medical Scholars program?
    • Résumé or CV, highlighting specific health care experiences.
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a faculty member.

Final Requirements for Students Admitted to the Medical Scholars Program
Matriculation to the UMKC School of Medicine is conditional upon meeting the following requirements:

  • Earn a baccalaureate degree prior to entering the School of Medicine in January of the chosen year.
  • Earn a combined MCAT score of 26 or higher.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • A minimum 19 hours of Chemistry that includes:
    • Two semesters of general chemistry with lab,
    • One semester of organic chemistry,
    • One semester of biochemistry (an upper level course).
  • A minimum 14 hours of Biology that includes:
    • One semester of general Biology with lab,
    • One semester of genetics,
    • One semester of cell biology.
  • Students must earn a grade of “B” or above in all prerequisite coursework.
  • At graduation, provide a letter of support from an academic advisor or faculty member addressing citizenship.
  • Submit to and pass a criminal background check prior to matriculation to the School of Medicine.
  • Submit the School of Medicine Technical Standards sheet.

Instructions for Application
An application will NOT be reviewed until all supporting documents have been received.  When all application materials have been received, the Council on Selection in the School of Medicine will review all complete applications.  All application materials must be postmarked by September 1.

Students applying for admission to the School of Medicine Medical Scholars Program must submit the following documents to:

UMKC School of Medicine
Office of Admissions/Council on Selection
2411 Holmes Street
M1-103
Kansas City, MO 64108

  • The School of Medicine Medical Scholars Program application
  • Official college transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation.  These should be submitted directly to the School of Medicine by professors, advisors or others who can speak to your academic ability and personal characteristics.

After the review of all complete applications by the Council on Selection in the School of Medicine, candidates will be selected for interview.  If selected for an interview, applicants will be required to be present at the date and time of the interview. Phone interviews will not be permitted.  After all applicants invited have been interviewed, the Council on Selection will extend offers of guaranteed admission to those candidates who best qualify for the Medical Scholars Program.  Applicants will be notified in writing of the decision.  Additional details and information can be obtained through the MWSU Department of Biology or at http://www.med.umkc.edu/med_admissions/Med_Scholars_Program.shtml.

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Biology (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

General Studies
42-47
Core Requirements
BIO 105Principles of Organismal Biology4
BIO 106Principles of Cell Biology4
BIO 205Genetics4
BIO 225Ecology4
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
CHE 120General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis5
CHE 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 311Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHE 370Biochemistry I4
PHY 110College Physics I4
MAT 111Introductory Statistics3-4
or MAT 111E Introductory Statistics
Option Requirements
Select one of the following options:24-25
Major in Biology
Zoology Concentration
Botany Concentration
Health Science Concentration

Major in Biology Option

Select 24 additional credit hours from biology courses numbered 300 or higher from the following:24
Plant Morphology
History and Philosophy of the Natural Sciences
Animal Physiology
Ornithology
Introduction to Paleontology
Plant Systematics
Local Flora
Development of Federal Wildlife Law
Pathophysiology
Herpetology
Microbiology
Molecular Cell Biology
Developmental Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Vertebrate Biology
Medical Parasitology
Mammalogy
Animal Behavior
Biology Teaching Practicum 1
Immunology
Biology Internship 1
Molecular Basis of Disease
Virology
Plant Physiology
Independent Research/Project 1
Entomology
Total Credit Hours24

Concentrations:
Botany
Zoology
Health Science

Botany Concentration Option

Select twenty-four credits from biology courses numbered 300 or higher from the following areas:24
Biology Concentration Courses:16
Plant Morphology
Plant Systematics
Local Flora
Plant Physiology
Entomology
Biology Electives:8
Select an additional eight credit hours of upper-division Biology courses, not used to fulfill the Botany Concentration course area above 1

Zoology Concentration Option

Select a minimum of twenty-four credit hours from the following:24
Animal Physiology
Ornithology
Introduction to Paleontology
Herpetology
Microbiology
Developmental Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Vertebrate Biology
Medical Parasitology
Mammalogy
Animal Behavior
Biology Teaching Practicum 1
Biology Internship 1
Independent Research/Project 1
Entomology
Total Credit Hours24

Health Science Concentration Option

The courses required for this concentration should prepare the student interested in a health and preprofessional program to apply and, if admitted, to succeed in the health professional program of their choice. Students selecting the Health Science concentration must be aware that additional courses may be needed to complete the admission requirements for the health professional program that they are interested in. 

Select a minimum of twenty-four credit hours from the following areas:24-25
Health Science Electives:20-21
Anatomy and Physiology
Animal Physiology
Microbiology
Molecular Cell Biology
Developmental Biology
Vertebrate Biology
Medical Parasitology
Immunology
Molecular Basis of Disease
Virology
Science Electives:
Select three to four credit hours of biology or chemistry courses numbered 300 or higher 13-4

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  6. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  7. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.

Are you ready to declare this major or minor? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the biology department.

Mapping your degree plan is important. Consult with your academic advisor to create a plan and monitor it regularly.