Program Expenses

Estimated program expenses

We make every effort to keep program costs reasonable. Because the program runs continuously for 24 months, we encourage applicants to review their financial resources carefully and anticipate expenses realistically.

Due to the rigorous nature of the curriculum, you should not expect to be employed during the program. If, despite this recommendation, you decide to work, it must not cause you to miss class attendance, clinical rotation schedules and required program events. Doing so may result in unexcused absences, which may be grounds for academic penalties and/or dismissal from the program.

Classes may be held in evenings and/or on Saturdays if necessary. During the clinical year, you will, at times, be assigned to clinical sites outside of the immediate Springfield area. You will be responsible for the costs related to any necessary out-of-area travel and housing.

Policies and procedures for refunds of tuition and fees can be found through Missouri State University's Office of the Registrar at: https://www.missouristate.edu/registrar/refunds.htm


Cost for first-year residents

Tuition
Spring semester (15 credits) $4,470
Summer semester (10 credits) $2,980
Fall semester (17 credits) $5,066
Total for year $12,516
Student service fee
Spring semester $503
Summer semester $242
Fall semester $503
Total for year $1,248
Program fee
Spring semester $2,400
Summer semester $2,400
Fall semester $2,400
Total for year $7,200
Total tuition and fees $20,423


Cost for first-year non-residents

Tuition
Spring semester (15 credits) $8,535
Summer semester (10 credits) $5,690
Fall semester (17 credits) $9,673
Total for year $23,898
Student service fee
Spring semester $503
Summer semester $242
Fall semester $503
Total for year $1,248
Program fee
Spring semester $2,400
Summer semester $2,400
Fall semester $2,400
Total for year $7,200
Total tuition and fees $32,346

Cost for second-year residents

Tuition
Spring semester (16 credits) $4,768
Summer semester (10 credits) $2,980
Fall semester (15 credits) $4,470
Total for year $12,218
Student service fee
Spring semester $503
Summer semester $242
Fall semester $503
Total for year $1,248
Program fee
Spring semester $2,400
Summer semester $2,400
Fall semester $2,400
Total for year $7,200
Total tuition and fees $20,666


Cost for second-year non-residents

Tuition
Spring semester (16 credits) $9,104
Summer semester (10 credits) $5,690
Fall semester (15 credits) $8,535
Total for year $23,329
Student service fee
Spring semester $503
Summer semester $242
Fall semester $503
Total for year $1,248
Program fee
Spring semester $2,400
Summer semester $2,400
Fall semester $2,400
Total for year $7,200
Total tuition and fees $31,777

Cost per credit hour

  • Missouri residents: $298 per credit hour
  • Non-Missouri residents: $569 per credit hour

Note about residency

Residents of Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, North Dakota, and Wisconsin who are accepted into the program are eligible for the Midwest Student Exchange Scholarship Program. Fees for MSEP students will be assessed at a rate less than the regular non-resident fee. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Other expenses

  • Books: The cost of books is estimated to be $1,500 over the course of the two-year program.
  • Medical Equipment: The PA Program purchases the following medical equipment for the students in the didactic year:  stethoscope, reflex hammer, tuning forks, tape measure, vision screening card, blood pressure cuff, and EKG calipers.  An oto-ophthalmoscope diagnostic set is not required by the Program, however a student may choose to purchase this at their own expense (~$600). The total cost for all equipment for each student is approximately $1,050.
  • Online Medical Resources: Students are encouraged to leverage online medical resources to enhance the educational experience. Examples of resources include: UpToDate, Epocrates, Monthly Prescribing Resource (MPR) and Lab Tests Online. Online educational resources often require subscription fees; take such expenses into account when you project program expenses.
  • Health Insurance: Health insurance that includes hospitalization is required for both years of the program; cost varies by insurance company and policy. All applicants should review their current or anticipated policies.
  • Computer/Internet Access: Students are expected to have a computer at home with access to the Internet. The curriculum incorporates computer-assisted instruction, so your computer must be able to interface with the Missouri State University email system and download program instructional materials from the program’s website. Specifications for the computer requirements will be distributed during orientation.
  • Campus Parking: A parking permit costs approximately $160 per year.
  • Transportation: Reliable transportation is required of all students. You should anticipate several clinical rotations that require commuting up to 100 miles round trip. (Commuting distances are calculated from the Missouri State campus.) In addition, you should anticipate a minimum of two clinical rotations outside the Springfield area that will require traveling to and living in “off-campus” housing. More information about housing can be found in Distant Rotations.
  • Confirmation Deposit: Students who are offered admission to the program are required to pay a $500 non-refundable confirmation deposit to hold a place in the program. This deposit is to be paid by the deadline indicated in the acceptance letter. The confirmation deposit will be applied to tuition, fees or any other student financial obligation during the student’s first term of enrollment (following the end of the first week of the first semester). Failure to pay the confirmation deposit by the deadline stated in the acceptance letter forfeits the student’s position in the program.
  • Graduate Fee: The graduate Fee is approximately $55 and is due several weeks prior to graduation.
  • Professional Memberships: The PA Program purchases professional memberships in the following organizations for students during the Program.  Membership in the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is required, the estimated cost is $75 per year. Membership in the Missouri Academy of Physician Assistants (MOAPA) is $20 for both years.  Membership in the Student Association of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA) is estimated at $50 for both years.
  • Distant Rotations:  All students should anticipate that one, two or three of their assigned clinical rotations will occur in communities far enough outside the Springfield area that separate housing arrangements will be necessary.  Examples of these locations are Tahlequah and Grove in Oklahoma and Lamar and West Plains in Missouri.  The program, through special contractual agreements, can offer free housing for students at some of these distant sites.  At other sites no financial support will be available and students will be required to acquire housing at their own expense. The program estimates that each student may spend up to $750 for housing at distant sites during the clinical phase of their education.
  • Professional Attire: Professional attire is expected. The Program will purchase one short white lab coat for each student
  • Living Expenses: Room and board are estimated at $2,500-$3,000 per semester for off-campus single students.
  • National Certifying Exam Fee: The fee for the national certifying examination (which is taken following graduation) is $475.
  • Other miscellaneous expenses may include child care and any other personal expenses you may require as you complete the program.