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Wayne State Selects Students for Rural Health Opportunities Program

Published: 3-21-2013 11:25 am

Wayne State has accepted 26 students into the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) at the college for the fall 2013 semester. RHOP is a cooperative effort between Wayne State and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) that encourages students from rural areas of Nebraska to return to rural settings after graduation to pursue their career.

"The need for rural health professionals continues to grow,'' said Dr. David Peitz of Wayne State College. "These students have proved themselves to be gifted and dedicated to their profession. They have displayed the potential to develop into strong community leaders.''

Individuals selected obtain guaranteed admission to UNMC Colleges upon successful completion of studies at WSC and receive a full-tuition waiver at WSC. Areas of study in the program include clinical laboratory sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, dental hygiene, radiography, and dentistry.

A shortage of rural health practitioners in Nebraska prompted higher education institutions to implement the RHOP program in 1989. Selection of candidates is based on an applicant's residency in a rural Nebraska community, academic potential and commitment to practice in rural Nebraska.

Individuals who will enter the RHOP program in the fall, their hometowns and areas of study include:

Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Devin Coleman of Blair

Mary Alderson of North Bend
Kylie Goodrich of Schuyler
Nathan Hatch of Aurora
Gerrit Van Engen of Sterling
Sarah Warga of Plattsmouth

Hanna Burbach of Coleridge
Carter Cuba of Silver Creek
Kaylee Krotter of Spencer
Elizabeth Wilcox of Silver Creek

Kaylee Beyea of Gothenburg
Katelyn Dickes of Fordyce
Tanner Griffith of Aurora
Brittany Janke of Winside

Physical Therapy
Abbi Ebel of Wisner
Levi Loper of Callaway

Physician Assistant
Meghan Schildt of Pleasant Dale
Derrick Vanover of Wymore
Dillon Wieland of Wayne

Dental Hygiene
Lisa Henseleit of Tilden
Nicole Steinhauser of Alma

Katie Loberg of Wayne
Brenna Wakeley of Lyons

Beau Johnson of Grand Island
Lincoln Ruybalid of Henderson
Madison Novicki of Plainview

Information about the RHOP program can be found at: or please call (402) 375-7329 or 800-228-9972 or email


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