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Health & Medicine Profile

Students entering health science fields have one thing in common. Whether they’re a doctor, registered nurse, paramedic, dental hygienist, or environmental health specialist, the common denominator is a passion for serving others.

At Missouri Southern State University, our passion is preparing you for success through excellent programs designed to teach you the skills needed in these specialized fields.

State-of-the-art facilities
Students interested in pursuing a
degree in Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Kinesiology, Medical Technology, Radiologic Technology, and Respiratory Therapy will find a home in the Julio León Health Sciences Center.

The 85,000-sq. ft. center includes state-of-the-art human patient simulators and control rooms, allowing future health care providers to gain invaluable experience in a hospital environment. The center also features the W. Robert Corley Dental Hygiene Clinic—serving patients throughout the region, a radiology lab, and more. The hands-on training offered by our knowledgeable faculty helps Missouri Southern graduates stand out as they enter the job market as health care professionals.

Yours to Lose
How would you like to be accepted into medical school before even starting your freshman year of college?

Missouri Southern has partnered with the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences for the Yours to Lose—Advanced Medical School Acceptance Program.

Through this exclusive agreement, up to 25 students will be admitted each year to the medical school’s new Joplin campus (set to open in fall 2017) at the same time as their admission to MSSU. Students accepted into the program will earn their bachelor’s degree in Biology in three years before beginning their first year of medical school.

In addition, students will not be required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or pay KCU’s formal application fee.

To find out more, visit mssu.edu/yours-to-lose.

Environmental Health
Those specializing in Environmental Health are dedicated to protecting public safety and the environment. It’s a growing field, and Missouri Southern offers an excellent degree program that can set you on the path to a successful career.
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Health at MSSU is one of just 30 in the United States accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council. It is also the only accredited undergraduate program offered both on campus and online.

With a 97% job placement rate, it’s the perfect program for those interested in becoming an environmental specialist, emergency management specialist, toxicologist, or food safety expert or filling other important roles in government or industry.

Our experienced Environmental Health faculty offer “hands-on” learning and research that will prove invaluable as you earn your degree.

Renovation project underway
Work began earlier in 2016 for a $17 million renovation project and addition to Reynolds Hall.

The second-oldest building on campus, it houses the Biology, Environmental Health, Physical Sciences, and Mathematics programs. The course work offered in the building is in high demand, as it provides prerequisites to Nursing, Allied Health, and STEM careers, and interest is expected to spike in the Pre-medicine program with the launch of Yours to Lose.

Renovations will include the creation of new classrooms and modern lab space. Located on the south side of the existing building, the three-story addition will be connected via a bridge that comes off the main hall of Reynolds’ second floor. The new building will include classrooms and offices, as well as a new human physiology lab.

The project is part of our commitment to ensuring that our students dedicated to health sciences receive the education and training they deserve as they focus on careers dedicated to helping others.


MSSU At A Glance
• Location: Joplin, Missouri
• Founded: 1937
• Undergraduate students: 6,117
• Graduate students: 114
• Faculty members: 350
• Programs of study: 140
• Student-faculty ratio: 18:1
• Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business,  Health Sciences, Teacher Education
• Percentage of students receiving financial assistance: 85%
• Average class size: 20
• ACT requirement: 21 or higher
Points of Pride
• Average GPA for incoming freshmen: 3.2
• Average GPA for graduating seniors: 3.3
• Scholarships: $4.4 million awarded each year
• Partnerships with universities around the globe: 11
• All-MIAA athletes: 45
• 1 of 31 nationally accredited Environmental Health programs
• Ranked one of the top 10 universities in the nation for out-of-state-tuition affordability
by U.S. News & World Report
• Military Friendly Schools designation, 2016
• Ranked among Most Affordable Online Colleges list
by AC Online