Pathway Programs

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To ensure continued access to health care in Nebraska, programs have been established to assist outstanding students who wish to pursue a career in pharmacy practice. These programs are designed to offer early assurance for admission to the College of Pharmacy (up to four years before entering the professional program) to qualified students interested in 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 Resident Pharmacy Practice Educational Initiative (RPPEI) encourages applications from students attending public and private institutions located in Nebraska who have a stated commitment to staying in 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. 

Click here to apply.  We strongly encourage completing the essay questions in advance and copying them into the application.  

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.

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.

Through the College of Pharmacy program, RHOP and KHOP students may obtain early assurance acceptance into the professional program contingent upon satisfactory completion of the pre-pharmacy program at CSC, WSC or PSC. To finalize the early assurance process, students must have maintained a minimum 3.5 GPA and met all prerequisite requirements.

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

Doane Pharmacy Early Assurance Program allows current Doane students to apply for early consideration to UNMC's College of Pharmacy.  Selected students move through an interview process, and if accepted into the program, are assured a slot in UNMC's College of Pharmacy provided they maintain a 3.5 GPA at Doane University and meet all UNMC prerequisite requirements.

Hastings Pharmacy Early Assurance Program allows high school seniors to apply to both Hastings College and UNMC.  Selected students move through an interview process, and if accepted into the program, are assured a slot in UNMC's College of Pharmacy provided they maintain a 3.5 GPA at Hastings College and meet all UNMC prerequisite requirements.