Rural Initiatives


To ensure continued access to health care in rural Nebraska, three programs have been established to assist outstanding students who wish to pursue a career in rural pharmacy practice. These programs are designed to offer early assurance for admission to the College of Pharmacy (up to three years before you enter the professional program) to qualified students interested in rural pharmacy practice in Nebraska. Each program has specific criteria that each applicant must meet, and interested students are encouraged to contact faculty advisors at their respective undergraduate colleges or the College of Pharmacy Dean's Office for additional information.

The Rural Pharmacy Practice Educational Initiative (RPPEI) encourages applications from students attending public and private institutions located in rural Nebraska and students from rural Nebraska counties (population 25,000 or less) who have a stated commitment to returning to rural Nebraska to practice pharmacy.

Students must have completed at least the first year of their undergraduate pre-pharmacy curriculum, maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, and obtained a written nomination from their pre-pharmacy advisor. 

For more information about application and timeline see the RPPEI Information Sheet.

The Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) is a cooperative venture of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), Chadron State College (CSC), Wayne State College (WSC), and Peru State College (PSC). The Pharmacy RHOP was designed for rural Nebraska high school students, interested in returning to rural areas to practice pharmacy, who intend to apply for admission to CSC, WSC or PSC as pre-pharmacy majors.

Through the College of Pharmacy program, students may obtain early assurance acceptance into the professional program contingent upon satisfactory completion of the three-year pre-pharmacy program at CSC, WSC or PSC. To finalize the early assurance process, students must have maintained a minimum GPA as determined by their specific institution and completed other institution-specific RHOP requirements (e.g. visits, journals, shadowing). Students will be chosen based on academic potential (classroom performance, ACT scores), commitment to practicing in rural Nebraska, county or city of residence (rural communities of less than 10,000), and interviews with faculty at CSC, WSC or PSC and UNMC's College of Pharmacy. Students admitted through RHOP must complete the standard professional curriculum, but, in addition, they must participate in a special experiential program for rural students during their final professional year (four rural rotations are required vs. one for the standard program). 

Kearney Health Opportunities Program (KHOP) is a cooperative program between the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). The purpose of the program is to recruit and educate students from rural Nebraska who are committed to returning to rural Nebraska to practice healthcare.

Students interested in RHOP or KHOP programs should talk with their high school career counselor, or contact the partner institutions.