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 program must be from a rural background. The purpose of the program is to recruit and educate students from rural communities who plan to return to rural areas to practice. It represents a commitment and dedication to quality health care for the citizens of the state. Upon selection into the RHOP program, students who meet all the program requirements will be 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, four seats in the nursing program, three seats are available in the physician assistant program, three in medical laboratory science, two in occupational therapy, two in physical therapy and two in radiography.

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 program standards.
  • Be given acceptance to the UNMC after their completion of Peru State's pre-professional curriculum.
  • 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 for RHOP Programs: December 1

Dr. Richard Clopton,
Professor of Biology
RHOP Coordinator
Office, Hoyt 312

Brenda Trail
Office Assistant IV
Office, Hoyt 114


The following areas are NOT considered rural and are therefore not eligible:

• Douglas County: Omaha, Ralston, Boys Town, Elkhorn

• Lancaster County: Lincoln

• Sarpy County: Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, Chalco, Offutt Air Force Base