(Joplin, MO) – The Board of Governors at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) has given unanimous approval to a new partnership with Kansas City University (KCU) that will expand opportunities for students interested in entering the medical or dental fields.
During the board meeting, members approved a new agreement and then attended a formal signing ceremony between the two universities for the early acceptance program. Qualified students will have the opportunity to complete their baccalaureate degree with an accelerated, three-year curriculum before making a seamless transition to KCU.
“This is something very special,” said Dr. Dean Van Galen, president of Missouri Southern. “Our partnership with Kansas City University began in 2015. Since then, 88 talented students have met the high standards to be accepted as Missouri Southern freshmen. Thirty-two students have successfully completed their degree and matriculated to the outstanding medical-school program at KCU.
“Today’s agreement expands the previous partnership to include dental medicine. It allows for a cohort of 25 students for osteopathic medicine and 10 for dental, under the new name MSSU-KCU Early Acceptance Program (MKEAP).”
Marc B. Hahn, DO, president and chief executive officer at Kansas City University, said the partnership with MSSU has become very important to KCU.
“For over a century, Kansas City University has educated physicians for Missouri and the region,” he said. “Today, we’re the sixth largest medical school in the country, the No. 1 producer of physicians for the state of Missouri, the No. 2 producer for Kansas, and the ninth leading producer of primary-care physicians for the entire country.
“These are some of the best and brightest students, and this program will make an impact on access to medical and dental care for Joplin and the region.”
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