Starkle Dream Up. Stephens College

Exterior view of Center for Health Sciences 

A state-of-the-art space for teaching and learning.

In August of 2016, the Center for Health Science welcomed the first class of Master in Physician Assistant Studies students. This state-of-the-art 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, Mo. 

The center features a state-of-the art anatomy lab, high-tech classrooms, 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, fencing and other elements that make Sampson a part of campus while adding bold modern elements like large glass windows and an open foyer to the center. The center recognizes both past and future. Explore photos


First Floor

With a new exterior and prominent new entryway, a renovated Sampson Hall welcomes students and the community. Administrative and faculty offices, as well as flexible classroom space, are housed together on the first floor for efficiency and collaboration. The center’s first floor has been named the Phyllis Southall Henigson Foyer and Symposia Center in honor of Phyllis Southall Henigson ’54, who donated $1 million to help launch the physician assistant program. See floor plan. Explore photo album


Second Floor

A skills lab and simulated exam room spaces are designed to support cutting-edge curriculum. Exam rooms and observation rooms equipped with the latest technology provide opportunities for simulation and learning clinical skills. See floor planExplore photo album


Third Floor

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


Lower Level

Flexible break-out rooms for classwork, meetings and conferences, as well as student study and gathering spaces, welcome students on the lower level. See floor plan. See the lounge and meeting areas



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. Learn more about Columbia, a great place to work, study and play. Modern and charming rental homes, including many designed with the graduate student in mind (some walkable to downtown and campus) and low home prices give you many living options.

A great place to live and work 

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. Learn more about CoMo:


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

  • Completed center and grand opening photo album. The opening included a celebration of the naming of the Phyllis Southall Henigson Foyer and Symposia Center in honor of Phyllis Southall Henigson ’54, who donated $1 million to help launch the new physician assistant program. Learn more about giving
  • Original rendering of Sampson Hall proposed exterior. 


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