Chadron State College
Chadron State College


Rural Health Opportunities Program

RHOP LogoThe Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP) is a cooperative agreement between Chadron State College and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The purpose of the program is to recruit and educate high school students from rural Nebraska who will return to practice in rural areas of the state. This program represents a commitment and dedication to the education of Nebraskans and quality healthcare for citizens of the state. RHOP also encourages non-traditional students from rural Nebraska to apply. For more information on the programs that consider non-traditional applications, contact Health Professions.

This program offers the following options

Program CSC/UNMC Positions Location
Medical Lab Science 3 yrs/1 yr up to 3 UNMC - Omaha or Kearney
Dental Hygiene 2 yrs/2 yrs up to 2 UNMC - Gering
Dentistry 4 yrs/4 yrs up to 3 UNMC - Lincoln
Medicine 4 yrs/4 yrs up to 5 UNMC - Omaha
Nursing 2 yrs/2 yrs up to 5 UNMC - Scottsbluff
Pharmacy 3 yrs/4 yrs up to 3 UNMC - Omaha
Physical Therapy 4 yrs/3 yrs up to 2 UNMC - Omaha or Kearney
Physician Assistant 4 yrs/28 mos up to 3 UNMC - Omaha or Kearney
Radiography 2 yrs/2 yrs up to 2 UNMC - Omaha or Kearney


  • Be a rural Nebraska resident (students from the following cities and towns are not considered rural and therefore not eligible to apply to RHOP: Omaha, Ralston, Boys Town, Elkhorn, Lincoln, Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, Chalco, and Offutt Air Force Base).
  • Have applied and been accepted to Chadron State College.
  • Demonstrate strong academic potential with preferred minimum ACT score of 24.
  • Apply for only one professional field 
  • All materials must be received by the respective deadline for consideration for the following academic year.


  • All RHOP participants receive a RHOP Tuition Waiver for the years they attend CSC.
  • All participants receive early acceptance into UNMC.
  • Early registration privileges
  • Opportunities to visit UNMC while attending CSC
  • Qualified Participants receive up to $5720 in renewable scholarships
  • Qualified Alternates who have completed the Freshman Scholarship Application will be eligible to receive other renewable scholarships

Selection Guidelines

RHOP is looking for well-rounded students who are dedicated to the health professions and have demonstrated commitment to the rural areas of Nebraska., We also seek students who are willing to work hard and have demonstrated they have the intellectual ability to complete the rigorous academic programs in health professions at CSC and UNMC.

Numerous factors are always a part of the selection process, however, special emphasis is placed on:

  1. The academic potential of the student.
  2. A commitment to return to the rural areas of Nebraska to practice their profession.
  3. Academic preparation.

Deadlines & Applications

The application deadline for all options is DECEMBER 1. 

The application packet is a multi-step process which must be completed, without exception, by the respective deadline for consideration into the program. The following must be submitted in order for the application to be considered complete:

  • Apply to Chadron State College 
  • Complete and submit the RHOP application, including personal essay, must be completed online (hand-written applications are not accepted)
  • A copy of the High School Transcript 
  • A copy of college transcripts from dual-enrollment courses (if applicable)
  • A copy of the ACT and/or SAT scores printed from their respective websites 
  • Three letters of recommendation (to be uploaded directly by the recommender via a link that will be emailed to them once the RHOP application has been submitted)

Click Here for the Rural Health Opportunities Program Application


If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Health Professions office at either or 308.432.6278.