• You will complete a prescribed course of study for a Bachelor of Science degree from Peru State College before entering Dental classes at UNMC.
  • You will gain acceptance to UNMC’s Dental program in Lincoln upon satisfactory completion of the four-year undergraduate program at Peru State and achievement of a minimum of 18 on the Dental Admission Test (DAT).
  • Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from UNMC.

Career Preparation Activities

Exposure to the world of Dentistry and rural health care is an important additional objective of the student’s studies at Peru State. Some activities in which each student may participate include:

  • Attend UNMC conducted video conferences, in person workshops and classes.
  • Develop a professional relationship/job shadow with one or more practicing Dental professional.
  • Tour the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
  • Participate in on-campus activities for health professions students.

Progress Evaluation

  • Meet with the RHOP coordinator regularly and follow the specific curriculum designed for this program.
  • Complete courses in a timely manner in order to enter the professional program as scheduled.

Seats Available
starting in 2020

2 (2 alternates)

Competitive ACT

There is no minimum required, qualified candidates will have competitive metrics.

High School GPA Requirement

There is no minimum required, qualified candidates will have competitive metrics. (must maintain 3.5 cumulative/3.5 Math & Science GPA while studying at Peru State)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Commitment to practicing in the rural areas of Nebraska.
  • Be from a rural area in Nebraska. The College defines “rural” as living outside an “Urbanized Area” as designated by the U.S. Census Bureau. An “Urbanized Area” is a densely populated area of more than 50,000 people.

Time at Peru State/
Time at UNMC Omaha

4 years/4 years

Deadline to Apply (applications available September 15)

December 1

Interview Dates



Dr. Paul Hinrichs