UMKC kicks off new physician assistant program - KCTV5

UMKC kicks off new physician assistant program

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A new program in the Kansas City area will help boost medical services, especially in rural areas.

The University of Missouri at Kansas City's School of Medicine is now offering a program to train future physician assistants. The Missouri General Assembly passed a bill last year that lessens the amount of time that assistants must receive supervision from a physician.

The hope is to provide Missouri residents, especially those in rural areas, more healthcare options. And the hope is also to create high-paying jobs in a field where the average salary is nearly $85,000 annually.

More than 100 applied for UMKC's new program. Just 14 were chosen for the inaugural class, and several students said they signed up because they wanted a medical career in order to help others. 

Physician assistants can perform physical exams, treat some illnesses, read lab tests and do certain tests.

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