Virginia Kruse is a freshman from Smithville, Missouri. She is majoring in health sciences and minoring in business with plans to pursue physical therapy and one day start her own practice. She loves science, learning new concepts, then seeing them executed in the real world. 

Virginia says the best thing about the School of Health Professions is the vast amount of resources and opportunities available to students.

“You are surrounded by helpful, knowledgeable mentors and advisors who will guide you and want to see you be successful,” she says. “The program also well equips you for a wide variety of careers and professional programs.” 

 In addition to serving as a Health Professions student ambassador, Virginia also is a member of the School of Health Professions professional fraternity, Sigma Eta Rho, the Veritas Music Team, Pre-PT club, and is involved in her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. 

What is your favorite place on campus?

The Student Center

What has been your favorite Mizzou moment?

Going to Dallas, TX for the Passion Conference with Veritas

When did you know Mizzou was “the one”? 

After touring Mizzou and several other schools and realizing this school had the best of EVERYTHING a university could have

What has been your favorite class so far?

Nutrition. It was really interesting and informative.

What’s your favorite free-time activity?

Exercising or reading

Why did you choose your major?

I want to directly impact others’ lives and health care accomplishes that. I thought the health science degree would best allow me to pursue that.

What’s your favorite place to eat in CoMo?

Ernie’s Cafe and Steakhouse

Why should students choose Mizzou?

Mizzou has all the opportunities you could wish for from a school. It has friendly people, a beautiful campus, and nationally strong programs. Everything you want and need to be successful is at Mizzou! 

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  • Clinical Laboratory Science
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  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Radiography
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Department: Health Psychology
  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Department: Occupational Therapy
  • Department: Physical Therapy
  • Athletic Training
  • Physical Therapy Program
  • Department: Public Health
  • Bachelor of Public Health
  • Master of Public Health
  • Department: Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  • PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Science
  • UMKC Pharmacy @ Mizzou
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  • MU Adult Day Connection