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RHOP | Rural Health Opportunities Program

The Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) is a cooperative program between Peru State and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Students admitted into the RHOP must be from a rural background. The purpose of the program is to recruit and educate students from rural communities who will plan to practice in the rural areas of Nebraska. It represents a commitment and dedication to quality health care for the citizens of the state. Upon selection into the RHOP, students are automatically pre-admitted into their specific program at the UNMC. Students are strongly encouraged and expected to practice in the rural areas of Nebraska. Currently, Peru State has been allocated three seats in the pharmacy program and four seats in the nursing program.


Benefits of the Program

If selected as a participant in the program each student will:

  • Receive a full tuition waiver while enrolled at Peru State, provided the student maintains good standing within the RHOP.
  • Receive acceptance to the UNMC as he/she begins the pre-professional curriculum at Peru State.
  • Follow a special curriculum at Peru State that will prepare the student for studies at UNMC.
  • Have recognition of their desire to become a health care professional.


Application Deadline: Dec. 1.


For more information, contact the pre-professional advisor.


Dr. Dennis Welsh

Chemistry Professor

Hoyt 123 Office



Brenda Trail

Office Assistant

Hoyt 114 Office