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2023-2024 University Catalog & Student Handbook 
2023-2024 University Catalog & Student Handbook

About KCU


KCU has a long, rich history of osteopathic medicine. Founded in 1916 by George J. Conley, DO, KCU is the oldest medical school in Kansas City, Missouri, and the largest medical school in Missouri.

In the early 2000s, KCU expanded its academic offerings to include the College of Biosciences. In 2017, KCU established a Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree. KCU also opened its second location in Joplin, Missouri, in 2017.

KCU-Kansas City’s Administration Building was a gift from the Alumni Association in 1979. Prior to KCU-Kansas City calling it home, the Administration Building was the original Children’s Mercy Hospital. While renovated in 2015, the building kept the original skylights for the hospital’s surgery room.

Prior Kansas City locations for KCU-Kansas City include:

  • 7th and Wyandotte (1916)
  • 15th and Troost (1917)
  • 2105 Independence Avenue (1921)

Evolving with the times and what best reflected the programs offered, KCU’s name has changed throughout the years.

  • 1916 - The Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery (KCCOS)
  • 1970 - The Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCCOM)
  • 1980 - University of Health Sciences (UHS)
  • 2004 - Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU)
  • 2020 - Kansas City University (KCU)

Mamie E. Johnston, DO, became the first graduate from the Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery, now KCU, in 1917. Dr. Johnston continued her education when the University instituted a new four-year curriculum and graduated again with the class of 1918.

Historical Highlights

1999 - KCU joins with seven other leading research institutions to form the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute.

2001 - KCU and Rockhurst University inaugurate a DO/MBA in health care leadership dual-degree program.

2006 - College of Biosciences confers first MS in Biosciences.

2007 - KCU launches a DO/MA in Bioethics dual-degree program.

2009 - College of Biosciences confers first MA in Bioethics degree.

2013 - KCU integrates tablet technology into curriculum.

2014 - KCU opens military track and becomes the third medical school in the U.S. to offer specialized training for military students.

2016 - KCU turns 100.

2017 - KCU opens a second campus in Joplin, Missouri.


  1. Dr. George J. Conley (1916-1950)
  2. Dr. Joseph M. Peach (1950-1964)
  3. Dr. Richard Eby (1964-1965)
  4. Dr. K.J. Davis (1965, Interim President)
  5. Dr. Eugene B. Powers (1966-1968)
  6. Dr. K.J. Davis (1968, Interim President)
  7. Dr. Rudolph S. Bremen (1968-1988)
  8. Dr. Elmer H. Whitten (1988-1991)
  9. John P. Perrin, JD (1991-1994)
  10. Dr. Jack T. Weaver (1994-1995)
  11. Karen L. Pletz, JD (1995-2010)
  12. Dr. H. Danny Weaver (2011-2013)
  13. Dr. Marshall Walker (2013, Interim President)
  14. Dr. Marc B. Hahn (2013-Present)

Mission Statement

“Improving the Well-Being of the Communities We Serve.”

Kansas City University is a community of professionals committed to excellence in education, research, patient care and community service while improving the well-being of the communities we serve.


Changing health care for good.

Core Values

Excellence: Striving for quality, integrity and innovation

Equity: Supporting an inclusive and collaborative environment

Empathy: Caring for our students, our colleagues and our community

Strategic Goals

Five strategic goals form the foundations of this commitment:

Goal 1: Redefining Health Education and Student Success

Goal 2: Mission-Relevant Research

Goal 3: Community-Focused Service

Goal 4: Institutional Spirit

Goal 5: Responsible Stewardship

Diversity & Inclusion

KCU is deeply committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion on its campuses and to challenging our students to embrace cultural proficiency and adeptness. As future physicians, psychologists, scientists and healthcare professionals, students must understand and embrace cultural diversity in order to be competent and successful in team-based healthcare delivery. The University’s faculty and staff must do the same.

KCU students, faculty and staff serve diverse, underserved, at-risk, urban and rural populations within geographically diverse communities nationwide. In addition, KCU’s alumni work to serve diverse communities all over the U.S., as well as internationally.

Furthermore, KCU’s institutional strategic plan calls for the University to create a culture of inclusion, by securing more students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and enhance a campus sense of community. Our University’s strategic plan outlines our priorities and best practices to achieve diversity through on-going and vigilant evaluation of our institutional community. Students wishing to know and understand more about the University’s effort to enhance diversity and inclusion on campus can contact the Office of the Provost. Updates on current efforts related to KCU’s DEI initiatives can be found on the KCU website


KCU is a private university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and recognized by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education for the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

The HLC is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which is one of the six regional institutional accreditors in the U.S. The HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary education institutions in the North Central region.

KCU College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) is also accredited by the Bureau of Professional Education of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The AOA is the official accrediting agency for osteopathic medicine approved by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council of Post-Secondary Accreditation.

The AOA Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) serves the public by establishing, maintaining and applying accreditation standards and procedures to ensure that academic quality and continuous quality improvement delivered by the colleges of osteopathic medicine reflect the evolving practice of osteopathic medicine. The scope of COCA encompasses the accreditation of the colleges of osteopathic medicine.

The KCU College of Dental Medicine (KCU-CDM) received initial accreditation in February 2022 from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). CODA serves the public and dental professions by developing and implementing accreditation standards that promote and monitor the continuous quality and improvement of dental education programs.

 The Clinical Psychology program in the College of Biosciences (KCU-COB) is accredited on contingency by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA commission is the primary accreditor in the United States for professional education and training in doctoral-level psychology programs. 

Questions or concerns regarding the University’s accreditation should be directed to the American Osteopathic Association, Higher Learning Commission, Commission on Dental Accreditation, or the American Psychological Association.

Department of Accreditation
American Osteopathic Association
142 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2864
1.800.621.1773 - Toll free
312.202.8200 - Fax

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
1.800.621.7440 - Toll free
312.263.7462 - Fax

Commission on Dental Accreditation
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
1.800.621.8099, ext. 4653

American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First St., NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242