A state-of-the-art facility ... a welcoming community

In August of 2016, the Center for Health Sciences welcomed the first class of Master in Physician Assistant Studies students. This modern facility, housed in Sampson Hall on the Stephens College campus, features a highly desirable and convenient location just steps from downtown in the thriving community of Columbia, Missouri.


Where you’ll study

The Center for Health Sciences features high-tech classrooms, a complete anatomy lab, student study and gathering spaces and a suite of faculty offices. The building is designed specifically to encourage interaction, collaboration and a hands-on learning experience.


Center Tour

  • Built in 1947, Sampson Hall has been home to many Stephens' academic programs through the decades. The new center honors the original architecture and maintains the red brick and fencing that make Sampson a part of campus while adding bold modern elements like large glass windows and an open foyer. Explore photos.
  • The first floor features administrative and faculty offices and flexible classroom space. The Phyllis Southall Henigson Foyer and Symposia Center honors Phyllis Southall Henigson ’54, who donated $1 million to help launch the program. See floor planExplore photo album.
  • The second floor includes a skills lab and simulated exam room spaces to support a cutting-edge curriculum. Exam and observation rooms are equipped with the latest technology to provide opportunities for simulation and learning clinical skills. See floor planExplore photo album.
  • The third floor houses a gross anatomy lab. The lab features advanced equipment and is connected to dressing areas and spaces for study and group conversations. See floor planSee lab and locker spaces.
  • The lower level includes break-out rooms for classwork, meetings and conferences, as well as student study and gathering spaces, welcome students on the lower level. See floor planSee the lounge and meeting areas.


Where you’ll live  

The Center for Health Sciences serves as a modern and stately gateway to the Stephens College campus. On one side, you have Stephens College, a historic campus with all the activities, dining, and beautiful spaces you'd expect from a historic college campus.

On the other side, you have The District, a lively downtown with all sorts of shops, eateries, music venues and more. Have lunch one day at Stephens Dining Hall. The next, walk a block to any of the lively eateries just steps away. We have the best of everything.


Our community

The “Athens of the West,” “College Town, U.S.A.,” or as we like to call it, “CoMo” for Columbia, Mo. That’s our hometown and a place we’re confident you’ll enjoy exploring. Job growth is steady and the cost of living is low.

Quality of life is everything as the arts and culture scene (including amazing film, art and music festivals) collide with great recreation (like the famous Katy Trail) and world-class health facilities.

Modern and charming rental homes, including many designed with the graduate student in mind, and low home prices give you many living options.


Learn more about CoMo:

Time and time again, visitors are delightfully surprised by what Columbia has to offer. From picturesque parks and clever cuisine to amazing art and superb shopping, visitors find that Columbia is ‘more than a college town’ and ‘surprisingly sophisticated’ … a cool neighborhood in a big city, with a young vibe, an active buzz and an engaged community.

- The District Downtown Association

Center Construction   

Sampson Hall goes state-of-the-art. The transformation of Sampson Hall, built in 1947, was followed closely by the community. Experience it again:

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Physician Assistant Studies

Tammy L. Knierim,
Administrative Assistant

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