Missouri Southern State University

Joplin, MO

Missouri Southern State University

Joplin, MO

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Undergrad Health & Medicine

Health & Medicine Profile


Students entering health science fields have one thing in common...

Whether they want to be 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 students for success through excellent programs designed to teach 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.

In addition, students studying anatomy and physiology will find a unique, hands-on learning resource in the cadaver lab located in Ummel Technology Building.

The resources offered in Missouri Southern’s classrooms and labs help students stand above the crowd as they enter the job market as qualified health care professionals.

Advanced Medical School Acceptance Program
How would you like to be accepted into medical school before even starting your first 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 dual-admitted each year to both universities. Students accepted into the Advanced Medical School Acceptance Program will earn their bachelor’s degree in Biology within three years at Missouri Southern before beginning their first year of medical school at the nearby KCU Joplin campus.

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

Environmental Health and Safety
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 is 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.

Renovations and additions
In 2017, a $17-milion remodeling project was completed in Reynolds Hall.

The second oldest building on campus, it houses the Biology, Physical Sciences, and Environmental Health and Safety programs. The courses offered in Reynolds are in high demand, as they provide prerequisites for students studying in the nursing, allied health, and STEM fields.

Renovations included the creation of tiered classrooms, biology and microbiology labs, student study rooms and computer areas.

In 2019, Missouri Southern celebrated the opening of Jeremiah “Jay” Nixon Hall, which houses the university’s Mathematics Department. The $8.1-million project is designed for collaboration and innovative learning, and is directly connected to Reynolds Hall by a skywalk.

Both projects were undertaken as part of our commitment to ensuring that our students studying in the science fields receive the education and training they need as they focus on careers dedicated to serving others.

MSSU At A Glance

Location: Joplin, Missouri

Founded: 1937

Undergraduate students: 4,927

Graduate students: 118

Faculty members: 291

Programs of study: 137

Student-faculty ratio: 17:1

Colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences

Percentage of students receiving financial assistance: 95%

Average class size: 21

ACT requirement: 21 or higher

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I met some wonderful people during my time at Southern. Most importantly, MSSU’s Nursing Department helped me find my calling in the world. I loved being a Nursing student and being able to learn more about a field I’m so passionate about. From the classroom to Sim lab to clinicals, I never had a doubt nursing is what I was made for!”

    • Kaitlin Tinney ’14
      Registered Nurse in the Emergency Room, Mercy Hospital, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • “Everyone has a very welcoming and warming personality. I think that is also what drew me to Missouri Southern...I felt very welcome...It’s a pretty great community around here.”

    • Ashlynn O’Dell
      Paramedicine
  • “The faculty get to know who you are. They are always very available and willing to help, and so I think that is something you get here that maybe you can’t get other places... but here you know, you definitely do get that where your professors care about you, they’re willing to help you whenever you need it. ”

    • Tim Peternell
      Environmental Health & Safety