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Health & Medicine Profile

Joplin, Missouri

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. Having all these programs housed in one facility allows for interdisciplinary teaching options in health care.

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 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 31 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.

Renovations and additions
Remodeling was completed in 2017 on 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 included 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. In addition, we have a state-of-the-art cadaver lab with eight cadavers a year, a DNA lab, Simulation lab, and Anatomy and Physiology labs.

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. 

“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


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

• Nursing: 100% NCLEX pass rate and placement rate
- Now accepting 90 Nursing students to the program every year

• Radiology Technology: 100% board passage rate over 17 years and 100% job placement rate

• Dental Hygiene: Ranked in the top 50 Dental Hygiene programs in the nation
- 96% pass rate on the clinical exam and 95% on the written

• Environmental Health Science: One of only 31 accredited programs in the nation

• EMT: Only four-year option in the state of Missouri for Health Science—Paramedic degree