RHOP | Physician Assistant


  • You gain acceptance to UNMC’s physician assistance program in Omaha upon satisfactory completion of the four-year undergraduate program at Peru State College.
  • You take a prescribed course of study for a Bachelor of Science degree from Peru State before entering P.A. classes at UNMC.
  • At UNMC, you will experience 13 months of basic medical science and pre-clinical courses followed by 15 months of supervised clinical education with physicians in rural Nebraska.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a master of Physician Assistance Studies degree from UNMC.

Career Preparation Activities

Exposure to the world of a Physician Assistant 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 and classes.
  • Develop a professional relationship with one or more practicing Physician Assistant professionals.
  • Job shadow Physician Assistant professionals.
  • Tour the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
  • Work with Physician Assistant students at UNMC.
  • Potentially attend classes with Physician Assistant students at UNMC.
  • Observe Physician Assistant professionals practicing in the community.
  • 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 3 (3 alternates)
Competitive ACT, but not required 24 or above
High School GPA Requirement 3.0 (must also maintain 3.0 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/2.5 years
Deadline to Apply (applications available September 15) December 1
Interview Dates January
Contact Dr. Paul Hinrichs