KCU-Joplin FAQs

What type of Fellowship Opportunities will be available in Joplin?
Will there be a chance for students to be involved in Research opportunities?
What type of Specialty Tracks will be offered?
Will I be able to pursue a dual degree program (MBA or Bioethics)?
What are the current clerkship locations for 3rd and 4th year students?
What type of housing is available in the Joplin area?
Will there be the same clubs and organizations available in Joplin that there are in Kansas City?
What scholarships are Joplin candidates eligible for?
Will Joplin also have the Score 1 program or a similar type program involving clinical service opportunities with the Joplin elementary schools?
Are there any additional academic or extracurricular requirements for the Joplin Campus?
Can I be considered for admission to both campus locations?
Will students matriculating at the Joplin campus also receive iPads?
Will students participating in the Partner Affiliations with KCU be able to choose between Joplin and Kansas City?
When will I be able to physically visit the Joplin campus?
Will some lectures be presented remotely from Kansas City?
Will lectures be recorded and posted to Mediasite?
Will students be required to travel between the Kansas City and Joplin locations for lectures?
Can students participating in the Advanced Medical School Application Program with Missouri Southern State University elect to attend the Kansas City location over Joplin?
Will there be a Big Sibling program or other mentorship opportunities?
How will exams work?
How will tutoring work?
Will KC students be able to watch Joplin lectures and vice versa?
What is the nightlife like in Joplin?
What is within walking distance of campus?
Does Joplin offer public transit options?
With only one lecture hall, what will second-year classes look like?
Will there be opportunities for current MS-Is to assist with Fall 2017 orientation in Joplin?
What is the cost of living like in Joplin?
What is the airport like?
Are most of the faculty new to teaching?
Will Joplin students’ participation in international medical mission trips increase competition for the limited number of available spots?
Will the Joplin campus push the primary care field more heavily?
What job opportunities could the Joplin community offer for students’ spouses?
What are the hospitals in Joplin like? Are they Level I Trauma Centers?

What type of Fellowship Opportunities will be available in Joplin? 

After their third year, Joplin students will have the opportunity to be OMM fellows.

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Will there be a chance for students to be involved in Research opportunities?

Yes, there will be research opportunities in the Joplin community for KCU students.

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What type of Specialty Tracks will be offered? 

The Joplin campus will offer the Military Track for HPSP students. The Global Health Track is not available to Joplin students, however, they are eligible to apply for the international medical mission trips organized by the Kansas City campus. Although rural clerkships may be available there is no specific rural track available at this time.

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Will I be able to pursue a dual degree program (MBA or Bioethics)? 

There will not be dual degree programs offered in Joplin during Year 1. However, KCU is seriously considering these opportunities for Joplin within the next few years.

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What are the current clerkship locations for 3rd and 4th year students? 

The clerkship sites for the Joplin campus are still under development. KCU anticipates that there will be opportunities in Joplin and other areas of southwest Missouri. 

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What type of housing is available in the Joplin area? 

The city of Joplin has many types of housing to suit a student’s individual needs. From apartments to residential homes, Joplin has housing to fit the lifestyle and needs of all of our students. KCU is providing students with a list of preferred property managers in the Joplin area who can assist students in finding apartment, duplex, and house rentals. Joplin’s layout and traffic flow allow individuals to reach most housing and shopping options within a 15 minute drive from campus.

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Will there be the same clubs and organizations available in Joplin that there are in Kansas City? 

The Joplin campus will open with a selection of core student groups. We expect that extracurricular offerings will grow based on student interest and offerings will be very similar to the KC campus.

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What scholarships are Joplin candidates eligible for? 

Both Joplin and Kansas City campus students are eligible for the same scholarships. 

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Will Joplin also have the Score 1 program or a similar type program involving clinical service opportunities with the Joplin elementary schools? 

Score 1 will not be offered at the Joplin campus. But there will be other types of clinical opportunities in the first two years in Joplin.

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Are there any additional academic or extracurricular requirements for the Joplin Campus? 

No. The Joplin campus has the same admissions requirements as the Kansas City location. 

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Can I be considered for admission to both campus locations? 

Your application to KCU is for both campuses. You will have the opportunity to select which campus you feel fits you best. You will only be selected for Admission at one of the two campuses. 

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Will students matriculating at the Joplin campus also receive iPads? 

Yes. Students attending either location will be given new iPads during their orientation week. 

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Will students participating in the Partner Affiliations with KCU be able to choose between Joplin and Kansas City? 

Yes. Partner Program students can select which campus they prefer. The final decision will be made in the best interest of the student and the university. 

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When will I be able to physically visit the Joplin campus? 

We will be arranging one Accepted Student Day in May 2017 as well as open house events in the summer of 2017. You may also request an individual visit, please contact Admissions for dates.

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Will some lectures be presented remotely from Kansas City? 

Yes. Some lectures will be shown via live stream to the Joplin campus. 

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Will lectures be recorded and posted to Mediasite? 

Yes. Lectures will be recorded by IT and released to students after class. 

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Will students be required to travel between the Kansas City and Joplin locations for lectures? 

No. Currently students will not need to travel between the two campus locations. 

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Can students participating in the Advanced Medical School Application Program with Missouri Southern State University elect to attend the Kansas City location instead of Joplin? 

No. The AMSAP affiliation is only with the KCU Joplin campus. 

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Will there be a Big Sibling program or other mentorship opportunities?

KCU staff are working with doctors and third-year KCU students in the Joplin area who are willing to mentor incoming students. Additionally, a program is in the works to utilize local spouses of doctors to mentor student spouses.

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How will exams work?

Kansas City and Joplin faculty will work together to write test questions. Both campuses will take the exact same exam at the exact same time. A few lectures may be simulcast, but for the most part, lectures will be delivered in person on each campus. The Kansas City and Joplin course directors will work together closely to ensure that the same content is delivered to both classes.

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How will tutoring work?

Fellows and third year KCU students will be utilized as tutors. We realize this is an essential component and it has been built into the budget.  

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Will KC students be able to watch Joplin lectures and vice versa?

No. Recorded lectures and Blackboard content will be separate for each campus. Some lectures will be simulcast and would be available for viewing by both campuses.

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What is the nightlife like in Joplin?

There is a vibrant live music scene and several bar options. Joplin hosts monthly art walks, called Third Thursdays in the downtown district.

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What is within walking distance of campus?

While Joplin is not a primarily pedestrian community, the area around campus is safe and quiet. Within walking distance are Mercy Park, Freeman Hospital, and the YMCA. Students looking for walking, running, or hiking trails might consider a short drive (4 miles) to the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. KCU is working with the community in exploring bike rental stations.

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Does Joplin offer public transit options?

Joplin offers a Trolley system with limited hours and cab service. Some community members use mopeds or bicycles. The community does not yet have Uber. It is recommended that students bring a personal vehicle or plan to share rides with a classmate.

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With only one lecture hall, what will second-year classes look like?

It is expected that second-year classes will take place in the Learning Studio. The curriculum will include and incorporate group learning opportunities to enhance overall learning.

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Will there be opportunities for current MS-Is to assist with Fall 2017 orientation in Joplin?

The University expects to rely heavily on third-year students in Joplin for orientation activities and welcomes any assistance from current MS-Is who are also interested.

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What is the cost of living like in Joplin?

The cost of living allowance (COLA) will remain the same between Joplin and Kansas City for financial aid purposes.

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What is the airport like?

Joplin Regional Airport currently offers American Eagle with daily nonstop flights between Joplin (JLN) and Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) which is a hub for American Airlines. The Springfield - Branson National Airport is located one hour from the Joplin campus and the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is located 1.5 hours from campus, both offering a wide variety of carrier options.

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Are most of the faculty new to teaching?

The faculty makeup is much like the Kansas City campus. Some faculty members are new to teaching while others are seasoned professors. KCU is seeking the best available applicants throughout the hiring process.

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Will Joplin students’ participation in international medical mission trips increase competition for the limited number of available spots?

It has not yet been determined if KCU will provide additional trips or additional spots on current trips. This will be determined after demand is established and would depend heavily on faculty availability.

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Will the Joplin campus push the primary care field more heavily?

The Joplin campus will emphasize primary care to the same degree as the Kansas City campus. Currently, about 60 percent of KCU students go into primary care upon graduation.

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What job opportunities could the Joplin community offer for students’ spouses?

The job market in Joplin is growing, particularly in the health care and manufacturing fields. The community has a strong chamber of commerce, and the addition of the new KCU campus is driving new businesses to Joplin. Dr. Nicole Brown, Assistant Dean of Student Activities, was formerly a director of career services in the Joplin area and is happy to speak to students or spouses who are interested in job opportunities. Contact her at nbrown@kcumb.edu.

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What are the hospitals in Joplin like? Are they Level I Trauma Centers?

Joplin is serviced by two main hospitals, Freeman and Mercy.

Freeman Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center. Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services.

With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 60 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart and vascular care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, children’s services and women’s services.

Mercy Hospital is a brand-new facility that is currently designated at a Level II Trauma Center. The Joplin facility features a state-of-the-art emergency department next to imaging and operating rooms for faster diagnostics and treatment; an accredited cancer center; large combined labor, delivery and recovery rooms; and telemedicine to provide life-saving care for patients who suffer from stroke and dangerous complications from infection.

The Mercy Health System operates acute care, specialty care and critical access hospitals in communities across Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Across four states, a team of more than 2,100 Mercy primary and specialty care physicians, 600 advanced practitioners and supporting staff deliver health care services through more than 300 offices.

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