Rural Workforce Preparation

Student Sarah Arduser working in a lab setting

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. 

The Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) and Kearney Health Opportunities Program (KHOP) 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.


Program benefits


  • Free tuition

    during undergrad progarm

  • Guaranteed
    admission

    to UNMC

  • Early
    registration

    privileges

  • Opportunities

    to visit UNMC during undergrad





Partner institutions


  • Chadron State College

    Kristal Kuhnel - email

    Participating programs
    Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Medical Laboratory Science, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy and Radiography

  • University of Nebraska-Kearney

    Peggy Abels - email

    Participating programs
    Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Medical Laboratory Science, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy and Radiography

  • Peru State College

    Dennis Welsh, Ph.D. - email

    Participating programs
    Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy and Radiography
     

  • Wayne State College

    Todd Young, Ph.D. - email

    Participating programs
    Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Medical Laboratory Science, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy and Radiography