Rural Workforce Preparation

Training for a medical career

Creating a healthcare workforce pathway

UNMC has long been committed to educating and preparing the state's rural health workforce to ensure students are well-prepared to meet the unique health care needs of rural Nebraska. Through long-standing programs such as guaranteed admission pathway programs for rural residents to interprofessional student interest groups focused on rural health, UNMC is helping develop health care providers who will improve access to quality health care in rural communities all across Nebraska. 

Rural Health and Kearney Health Opportunities Programs

The RHOP and KHOP programs are designed to address the health care needs of rural Nebraska.   The health professions pathway programs recruit, educate and graduate leaders from Nebraska who are committed to returning to Nebraska's rural areas to practice health care.

These programs represent a commitment and dedication to developing a health care workforce that will enhance patient care and ensure health equity.

The RHOP and KHOP programs are cooperative ventures of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), the University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK), Chadron State College (CSC), Peru State College (PSC), and Wayne State College (WSC).

Program Incentives and Benefits