A show of local support will be necessary for that to happen, which is why a collection of Joplin-area elite met at the university Tuesday to hear about the proposal:
Officials agreed that the biggest challenges to the project are obtaining approval from the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education, creating an infrastructure of regional hospitals where students could do clinical rotations, and finding enough space on the MSSU campus for the program.
The first step in having the program up and running by the target date of fall 2011 is for the state board to approve the partnership. MSSU President Bruce Speck said via a prerecorded presentation that he has broached the issue with the board, and KCUMB is submitting the paperwork to have the program approved. Letters of community support like the ones handed out during the meeting Tuesday will be submitted along with that application.