KCU Approved to Recruit Students at New Medical School in Joplin

The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) has voted to allow the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) to begin operations, including admission of students, at its additional teaching site in Joplin, MO.

The decision came at the Commission’s August meeting after COCA members reviewed the site visit report of an evaluation conducted in June. KCU-Joplin will begin recruiting 150 medical students for the class of 2021 immediately. “We are proud to begin enrolling students in the first new medical school in Missouri in nearly 50 years,” said Marc B. Hahn, DO, President and CEO of KCU.


“We share this excitement with the community partners who turned a vision into reality, including Mercy Hospital Joplin, Freeman Health System, the City of Joplin, and philanthropic leadership from the surrounding community.”

The KCU-Joplin campus will be located on the site of Mercy’s former hospital. Construction of the new campus is scheduled to be completed in April of 2017. Classes will begin in July 2017.
“None of this could be possible without the special talents of all individuals who participated,” said Paula Gregory, DO, Dean of KCU-Joplin. “The KCU team has provided high quality education to the students of Missouri for 100 years. A second medical school is an exciting way to begin our second century of service.”
KCU-Joplin will place a strong emphasis on primary care and rural health to help address the growing need for physicians and access to health care in the Southwest Missouri region. Read more.
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September 2016
Vol. 10, No. 7