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News Release

UNMC's Rural Health Opportunities Program

expanded to Peru State College


(Peru, Neb.) Students in southeastern Nebraska wishing to pursue a career in pharmacy now have another opportunity to do so. The Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) through the University of Nebraska Medical Center has been expanded to Peru State College.

RHOP, which began in 1989, is designed to address the special needs of rural Nebraska by encouraging rural residents to pursue health care careers. It is currently available at Chadron State College and Wayne State College.

“The Rural Health Opportunities Program is an important commitment to rural health care by UNMC,” said Peru State College President Dan Hanson. “We are honored to be a part of this prestigious program.”

Currently there are three seats in the pharmacy program that are being offered. Students selected for the program must be from a rural background, interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy and committed to practicing in rural Nebraska.

If selected, students will receive a full tuition waiver while enrolled at Peru State College and acceptance into the UNMC College of Pharmacy. Students also must maintain a minimum 3.5 grade point average.

“This program is strongly supported by the health care professionals in southeast Nebraska,” said Charles Krobot, Ph.D., associate dean for student affairs in the UNMC College of Pharmacy. “We look at this as a win-win for UNMC and the students.”

Applications for the 2012 school year will be made available on the Peru State College website beginning Sept. 1. For more information go to

“The partnership between Peru State College and UNMC will benefit our students, the college and rural health care in southeast Nebraska,” Hanson said.

“The quality and strength of our science program and our faculty, as well as the support of area health care providers, were instrumental in securing seats in the pharmacy program. We look forward to building an even stronger relationship with UNMC and bringing more RHOP seats in this and other health care fields to southeast Nebraska.”

The deadline for applications to the RHOP program is Dec. 1. Students are then notified the following spring if they are accepted into the program. To get more information about the RHOP program log on to

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