Building the future of medicine in Joplin.

How KCU-Joplin Came to Be

Midwest Charm at a Cultural Crossroads

A nature lover’s dream, Joplin boasts scenic locations such as the Chert Glades in Wildcat Glades Park or the Grand Falls on Shoal Creek. Joplin is also proving itself as a foodie mecca, with a range of cuisine bound to tempt your taste buds. 

With an active art scene, you’ll enjoy a variety of resources to satisfy your imaginative soul. Enjoy colorful murals decorating downtown as you peruse local artisan booths.

Get to know more about the city at

Doing Our Part

According to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), the primary care physician shortage in this country is projected to exceed 50,000 in 2025, greater than any other specialty. KCU’s new campus is a significant opportunity to contribute more primary care physicians in areas that need them most.

Downtown Joplin

Visit Joplin's official website to learn more.

  • 50,000: total population, but 250,000 people come to Joplin to work or be cared for daily.
  • 4 states: located in Southwestern Missouri, Joplin is close to Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas
  • Joplin is a medical hub in the South Central United States with two major hospitals