Chadron State College
Chadron State College


Welcome to RHOP

Health Professions:

Enter to Learn…Leave to Serve”


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 health care for citizens of the state. Non-traditional students from rural Nebraska will be considered and are encouraged to apply. For more information on the programs that consider non-traditional applications, please contact the Health Professions office.

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 (excluding the following cities: Omaha, Ralston, Boys Town, Elkhorn, Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, Chalco, Offut Air Force Base & Lincoln).
  • Have applied and been accepted to Chadron State College.
  • Demonstrate strong academic potential with preferred minimum ACT score of 23.
  • 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 $5700 in renewable scholarships
  • Qualified Alternates with an ACT of 23 or better receive up to $2500 in renewable scholarships

Selection Guidelines

We are looking for well-rounded students who are dedicated to the health profession and have demonstrated commitment to the rural areas of Nebraska; and 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 (these may either be submitted via email by the recommender or by mail to the address listed below)

Application materials can either be submitted via email to Kristal Kuhnel, Director of Health Professions, at OR mailed to:

Chadron State College

Health Professions Office

1000 Main St

Chadron NE 69337

Rural Health Opportunities Program Application


Access the University of Nebraska Medical Center

For more information contact:

Health Professions Office
Kristal Kuhnel, Director
Chadron State College
1000 Main Street
Chadron, NE 69337
Phone: 308-432-6278