Apply by Dec. 1, 2024, for the 2025-26 school year.
What is RHOP?
Rural communities make up a majority of Nebraska. They are the lifeblood of the state and deserve quality medical care. Established and successful since 1989, the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) is a special cooperative program between Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) to meet that need. As a citizen of rural Nebraska, you've experienced the rural lifestyle, and you know the unique needs of your community. That's why we're recruiting Nebraskans like you - because you're dedicated to your home state and you care about its rural health care needs. We do, too. Our program represents that commitment and will prepare you to return to rural Nebraska and care for its citizens.
• Full tuition scholarship at Wayne State College (does not apply to summer session courses)
• Guaranteed admission to UNMC
• Early registration privileges
• Opportunities to visit UNMC during your time at WSC
*All benefits are contingent upon successfully maintaining and completing the program requirements.
RHOP participants spend time at both WSC and UNMC, with the amount of time at each institution determined by the program.
Questions? Contact Us:
Wayne State College
1111 Main Street
Wayne, NE 68787
Email: [email protected]
"My goal is to work as a lab technician around Northeast Nebraska. RHOP allows me to achieve my goals by ensuring that there will be a place for me when I continue my education at UNMC. The scholarship associated with RHOP allows me to focus on my future rather than the financials of college. RHOP also pushes me to work hard and maintain good status in the classroom."
Hometown: Wayne, Neb.
Major: Medical Lab Science
"I have always wanted to support rural Nebraska with my career because small towns shaped the person I am today. RHOP allows me to fulfill my desire of becoming an orthodontist and practicing in rural Nebraska. With the ability to obtain a free education, develop strong relationships with professors, and guarantee my acceptance into professional school, RHOP was a no-brainer for me."
Hometown: Columbus, Neb.
Major: Life Sciences (Pre-Dentistry)
"As soon as I heard about the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP), I knew that it was an opportunity too great to pass up. Receiving tuition for an outstanding education while being in moderate class sizes that really allow you to be able to interact with the teachers and fellow class mates is second to none. Another obvious benefit would be that RHOP students are granted automatic admission into medical school immediately following their undergraduate programs versus applicants from other colleges that are not guaranteed a spot and may never receive admission."
Biology / Pre-Dentistry