Pathway & Enrichment Programs

Programs to help you succeed at UNMC

Rural 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 UNMC, the University of Nebraska Kearney (UNK), Chadron State College (CSC), Peru State College (PSC), and Wayne State College (WSC).

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. 

SHPEP at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) provides scholars with an interest in Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Public Health with academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math, clinical experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, and a financial planning workshop. 

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The UNMC Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is a collaboration between UNMC departments, institutes, colleges, student services, and graduate specialty areas to provide summer opportunities for undergraduate students to become members of research teams and discover first-hand the broad spectrum of research activities occurring at UNMC.

Each summer there are 80-100 positions available for talented undergraduate students mentored by awarded faculty. These full-time research positions are primarily in research laboratories where  students work with team members on an ongoing research project. SURP students attend weekly seminars provided by UNMC researchers to enhance their knowledge about research careers and the variety of research at UNMC. The laboratory experiences obtained by SURP students enhance their competitiveness for later admission to graduate programs at UNMC. 

UNMC High School Alliance

Have you ever thought of being a health care professional or wondered what it's like to work in a lab researching the next breakthrough in medicine?

Through the UNMC High School Alliance program, you can discover exactly what it is like. You'll observe, shadow, and take college-level classes from UNMC's doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, public health advocates, researchers and other health care professionals.

Courses cover a range of health care topics, such as human anatomy, biomedical research, and medical decision-making. Check out the course offerings.

Urban Health Opportunities Program (UHOP)

The purpose of the UHOP is to diversify the urban Nebraska primary care medical workforce by identifying and preparing qualified students from underrepresented groups to enter and succeed in medical school.

UHOP scholars will include those considered underrepresented by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

UHOP Program Highlights

  • Tuition assistance at UNO starting freshman year for UHOP scholars
  • Automatic UNO Pre-medical Committee sponsorship
  • Mentoring by UNMC medical students
  • MCAT preparation assistance
  • Opportunities to provide mentorship
  • Successful program completion results in guaranteed admission to the UNMC Medical Doctorate (M.D.) program