Wayne State College

Applying for RHOP

Program Guidelines


To be eligible for application to the RHOP program:

  • Be a rural Nebraska resident. The following cities and towns are NOT considered rural and therefore not eligible to apply to RHOP: Bellevue, Boys Town, Chalco, Elkhorn, La Vista, Lincoln, Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Papillion, and Ralston. Your home address is used to determine rural residency.
  • Be an incoming freshman that has applied and been accepted to Wayne State College.
  • An RHOP application has been made for only one career field.
  • All RHOP application materials must be electronically submitted for application consideration for the following academic year.


We are looking for well-rounded students who are dedicated to health professions, have demonstrated a commitment to the rural areas of Nebraska, who are willing to work hard, and have demonstrated they have the intellectual ability to complete the rigorous academic programs of the health professions at WSC and UNMC.

Numerous factors are part of the selection process; however, special emphasis is placed on:

1. The academic potential of the student as demonstrated by:

  • GPA (grade point average)
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • ACT/SAT scores
  • Interview

2. A commitment to return to the rural areas of Nebraska to practice their profession including:

  • Knowledge of the profession
  • Community service and leadership activities
  • Knowledge of RHOP program

3. Academic preparation: Students are strongly encouraged to have completed or plan to complete the following core courses (if possible) to demonstrate their academic preparation:

  • Three years of Math
  • Four years of English
  • One year each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Note: If selected into the RHOP program, all pertinent college-level science and math courses must be taken at WSC.

4. A biography stating why the student wants to be part of RHOP program and their commitment to rural Nebraska. 


Once accepted into the RHOP program, successful completion of the WSC portion of the program includes the following:

  • A specific curriculum of courses must be taken at WSC.
  • Once accepted into a specific RHOP career field, if you decide to pursue a different profession you will lose your RHOP status.
  • To maintain status in the program, a standard of grades applies to specific and general academic courses.
  • Alternates may also be chosen in the event that students with guaranteed positions do not successfully complete their studies at WSC.